By Ryan Keating-Lambert
The final trailer has just dropped for the much anticipated, at least anticipated by me, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and it looks set to be one of the most epic and superbly crafted monster movies ever made.
This new Godzilla, starring Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) is the third instalment in the MonsterVerse franchise produced by Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros, and King of the Monsters takes place after the events of 2014’s Godzilla reboot, and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island.
Both of those films were extremely self-aware and boasted scene after scene of camp action movie fun, especially Kong which felt like a B-grade Apocalypse Now with a giant ape thrown into the mix – director Jordan Vogt-Roberts himself contributed to an honest trailer video addressing all of the cheesy references and throwbacks that make the film such a memorable outing.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters, directed by Michael Dougherty, the talented filmmaker behind horror comedies Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus, seems to be in the same vein, and the latest trailer complete with ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ suggests that this entry may even have more of a fairytale-like element to it.
The thing that really elevates this franchise above some of the others (OK, let’s stop talking about the behemoth success of Endgame and the MCU for just a moment) is its emphasis on truly spectacular use of colour, visuals and sound design. Remember that hauntingly beautiful skydiving sequence accompanied by Gyorgy Ligeti’s ‘Requiem’ from the 2014 Gareth Edwards film? Not to mention the incredible scene of the Muto breaking out of its cocoon – exemplary sound design and visual effects. This is what cinema was made for.
From the trailer, it’s obvious that King of the Monsters will be packed to the brim with epic eye candy, and production designer Scott Chambliss even said that the original concept art was inspired by masterpieces of 16th, 17th and 18th century art. ‘We were referring to everything from Turner’s incredible, rather abstract 1800s water scene paintings to Rembrandt’s portraits to huge heaven and hell [triptychs] from the Middle Ages,’ said Chambliss in an exclusive interview with the AV Club.
King of the Monsters will feature appearances by age-old titans ‘Rodan’, ‘Mothra’, and King ‘Ghidorah’, the classic Godzilla foe inspired by the 1964 film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
All four are inspired by decades of Japanese ‘Kaiju’ movies, and according to reports, there are a total of 17 in the MonsterVerse altogether, so expect to see more than just what you see in the latest trailer.
King of the Monsters will also bring back the secret scientific organisation ‘Monarch’ who played a significant role in the previous two films, led by Dr Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) and Dr Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe).
Also keep an eye out for the fourth film in the franchise Godzilla vs. Kong, where returning Millie Bobby Brown will be joined by Eiza González, Alexander Skarsgård and Rebecca Hall to watch, what will surely be referred to, as one of the most anticipated monster fights in history.
Catch a special double feature screening of the original Godzilla (1954) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters in Prague’s Kino Aero on Friday, May 31st.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters will hit Czech cinemas everywhere May 30.
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