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Has everyone finally caught their breath after watching yesterday’s giant honking trailer for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla? There just aren’t any paper bags big enough for that kind of hyperventilation. The promotional train is still rolling though, and Legendary released another gorgeous looking poster for the film that serves as a reminder that theatrical posters don’t always have to feature characters standing around looking at things.
Seemingly taken straight out of the trailer, the image is of the skydiving military team, dropping down to the completely ravaged city below with red smoke trails in their vertical wake. You can’t tell from either the poster or preview, but I’m guessing at least one of these guys (and perhaps gals) are completely shitting their pants at the thought of attempting to do battle against the biggest threat humanity has ever faced. (Besides the 1998 version of Godzilla, that is.)
What I really like about this image, along with the muted haze of reds and grays, is just how much depth is put on display. We’re close enough to see details of one of these soldiers, but then we can also see others falling very far in the background, and they’re all headed down to a wide expanse of landscape that can barely be seen through all the smoke and fog. It’s this attention to detail, along with similar shots in the teaser, that actually get me excited about watching this movie in 3D, which rarely happens these days. There are so many layered elements on screen at any given moment, and it seems like adding further dimension to it all would help to make the King of the Monsters that much more in your face and terrifying. Not that he needs the boost.
We really don’t know all that much about the story Edwards will be telling with his reboot, beyond having a monster tear a city apart. We know Aaron Taylor-Johnson is one of those military guys, and that Elizabeth Olsen has a family. The cast is rounded out by such powerhouse actors as Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche and David Strathaim. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the promotion has focused more on teasing the big beast rather than the human element, what with the strange viral videos coming from the new Muto Research website.
I couldn’t be more excited about this movie, as I’m a big fan of Edwards’ previous film Monsters, and am perfectly happy to be bombarded with videos and posters, especially since they’re still keeping the entirety of Godzilla mostly hidden. The film’s debut on May 16, 2014 can’t come soon enough. Relive the ear shattering roar by rewatching the trailer below.