Godzilla (2014) Hollywood movie trailer

Teaser for Hollywood movie Godzilla, the third American production (1956, 1998) based on the Japanese Godzilla franchise. In theatres in May 2014.

The film is directed by British filmmaker Gareth Edwards. It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston.

The trailer shows pretty much what the movie is about, so I don’t need to write anything about the plot LoL. Not sure if it’s going to live up to its hype, the video looks good cinematography wise but we all know teasers are not trustworthy.

The franchise

Godzilla is a giant monster which first appeared in a namesake Japanese film in 1954. This Hollywood production is the 30th instalment of the franchise.

The name is a portmanteau of two Japanese words, Gorilla and Whale. The original pronunciation is closer to Gojira (gorira + kujira) instead.

In general it’s an enormous, violent, prehistoric sea monster empowered by nuclear radiation. It’s a metaphor for nuclear weapons in early days.

Godzilla 2014 Warner Bros movie

Its size also varies from film to film. This American version is the largest to date, it’s 108.2 metres tall and weighing 90,000 metric tons.

Today Godzilla is a pop culture icon in East Asia. And I guess the rest of the world are pretty familiar with it as well because of media exposure.

Besides movie, it’s also features in video games, comics and merchandises. It also appears in various crossovers with other entertainment franchises.

[Update] Apparently this movie is the first instalment of a new MonsterVerse franchise which also includes King Kong. The timeline will feature Kong: Skull Island in 2017, Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020.

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