Gareth Edwards Reboots The King of Monsters, 'Godzilla'

It was 1954 when Gojira first hit the big screen in Ishiro Honda's now iconic monster movie, made as a reply to the USA dropping two atom-bombs on Japan less than a decade earlier. But American audiences never saw that aspect of the movie, since the film was drastically re-edited two years later to remove all references to the war while adding American star Raymond Burr. The creature's name also morphed into Godzilla.

GodzillaBryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor Johnson in 'Godzilla'

And the franchise has been resilient ever since, with literally hundreds of movies, short films and TV shows continuing or retelling the story. In most of them, Godzilla is battling other monsters like Mothra, King Kong or of course Mechagodzilla. One of the monster's most classic appearances is in the 1969 short Bambi Meets Godzilla. And the original 1954 Japanese movie was finally released worldwide in 2005.

More: read our full review of 'Godzilla'

Hollywood attempted to revive the creature in Roland Emmerich's big-budget 1998 action blockbuster, which never caught on with either critics and audiences. So when British special effects artist Gareth Edwards launched his career with the small-budget 2010 hit Monsters, the big studios came calling. Rather than work his way tenaciously up the ladder, he was immediately given a huge budget to relaunch Godzilla for another generation.

Fortunately, Edwards stuck to his guns, keeping the film gritty and character-based while including enough mayhem to please fans of mass-destruction. Now it's up to audiences to ask for more.

More: 'Godzilla' is more a growling than roaring success

Watch the extended trailer for Godzilla:


Contactmusic

Tags: Bryan Cranston - Aaron Johnson

Advertisement

More Bryan Cranston

Woman Tries to Kill Mother in 'Breaking Bad' Inspired Plot

A 37-year-old woman is accused of trying to kill her mother in a murder plot inspired by an episode of Breaking Bad. Kuntal Patel allegedly...

Rachel McAdams In 'True Detective 2' Talks & Other Cast Rumours

Rachel McAdams is rumoured to be in talks with the makers of the second series of True Detective. The 35-year-old Canadian actor is not the...

Lena Dunham, Bryan Cranston, Sarah Hyland: Best Pictures from the Emmys 2014

In an Emmy awards that most agree was a stone-cold classic, AMC's meth-drama 'Breaking Bad' was the big winner, taking home most of the night's...

'Breaking Bad' Is King of the Emmys as 'True Detective' Falls Short

Breaking Bad's explosive fifth and final season dominated the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, picking up most of the major drama prizes ahead...

Advertisement

Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 -Breaking Bad Predictably Dominates Drama

The Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Monday evening (25th August) in Los Angeles and there was stiff competition in every category although the results...

The 66th Prime Time Emmy: Who’s In Line To Make History?

The 66th Prime Time Emmys are kicking off tonight at 8pm EDT on NBC, and with plenty of long-running shows still in the mix to...

Breaking Bad Breaks Out A Scavenger Hunt

There are times when everything about a T.V. show is just simply brilliant. It doesn’t happen very often when a long-running series is the whole...

Aaron Paul On Jesse Pinkman And The Moment He Thought His Career Was Over

Having landed the role of a lifetime as Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad’s lovable surrogate child to Bryan Cranston’s Walter White – a summer aged...

Advertisement

Comments

Bryan Cranston Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Bryan Cranston

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All