An unknown city is decimated, buildings toppled and burning, bodies strewn across the streets like the beginning of The Walking Dead, giant holes punched through buildingsâ¦ The camera pans up to reveal something. Something awful. Something bone-chillingly terrible. Something that haunts our dreams. Is it a giant monster? NO! Well, yes (but thatâs not what Iâm getting at). Itâs another Hollywood reboot. The return of Japanâs favorite monster: Godzilla.
Comic-Con got a surprise when the Warner Bros. panel revealed a teaser trailer for the yet-to-be-filmed Godzilla redux. But how will this film play out? Director Gareth Edwards says, âWeâre going to take it really seriously. Thereâs nothing sci-fi about this movie. Itâs very grounded and realistic.â
Thereâs a problem with what he said: How can you possibly make a movie about a giant radioactive dinosaur with nuclear fire breath and say that thereâs nothing sci-fi about it? Thatâs kind of what makes up the sci-fi genre. Grounded and realistic? Okay. Makes a little more sense for something like Batman, where the most outrageous aspect is the technology he uses, but fine, letâs go with Godzilla being âgrounded and realistic.â
While itâs very likely that this could be a fun summer movie (who doesnât want to see Godzilla destroying things in 3-D with awesome special effects?), it doesnât make a whole lot of sense as to why Warner Bros. is claiming that itâll be a down-to-earth film. Thatâs like saying Jurassic Park is grounded and realistic because they use science to create their dinosaurs, not magic.
But I digress. All in all, this could be a lot of fun. Itâs another unnecessary reboot that makes our heads spin, but weâll spend the 15 bucks to watch it anyway. Welcome back to the movies, Godzilla.