Like many, I'm forever skeptical when it comes to big budget videogame adaptation movies and remakes of great foreign films. And rightfully so, just try to watch Street Fighter, The Ring, Oldboy, The Departed, Mortal Combat, The Grudge or Godzilla. Despite their huge budgets, directors like Emmerich, Scorsese or Spike Lee can't possibly improve these modern day classics if their life depended on it. Toho Studios wisely forbade the 1998 remake of Godzilla from using anything that remotely looked like their Japanese monster. Fans of Japan's Godzilla (known as "Gojira" there) hated the design for the American Godzilla so much that they called it "GINO": "Godzilla in Name Only". Which brings us to the new Godzilla. This time Toho Studios actually gave permission, aiming to create a film closer in style to the 1954 original and intending to do justice to the essential elements that have allowed Godzilla to remain as pop culturally relevant. It's directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. So far it looks promising, and I hope the end result won't suck for a change. Check out the official trailer below.
This entry was posted on December 11, 2013.