I saw an interesting discussion about kaiju films recently. Essentially there are two categories of the genre. The first category involves films striving to be allegories to disaster. The original 1954 Godzilla was meant to comment on the creation of the bomb and nature’s revenge on mankind. In fact, the titular monster’s iconic rampage through Tokyo was meant to mirror the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII. They are films that can strike a chord of real-life significance.
The newest Godzilla, on the other hand, looks to be the latter category…a monster bash. While the 2014 predecessor sought to return the character to his allegorical roots, the newest film, which carries the subtitle King of the Monsters, can go either way judging by the new trailer released today. Either it will be a mindless, entertaining film or Godzilla’s battle with three monsters will signify something much more. Check out the new trailer below and judge for yourself:
Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. It is directed by Michael Dougherty (Co-written by Zach Shields and Max Borenstein). It is set to hit theaters May 31, 2019. In addition, check out the new poster released for the film below: