For many of the Lewton Bus crew, the sequel to the 2014 Gareth Edwards film Godzilla vies for the top spot in our list of most anticipated 2019 releases. And after seeing the second trailer for Michael Dougherty’s followup, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, that number has just increased drastically.
Eschewing the more beautifully subdued atmosphere of the first trailer, this new one goes right for the jugular, so to speak. This trailer offers clear and confidently framed looks at our cast of humans and monsters alike, and demonstrates a little more of what to expect from the tone of KOTM. After watching this possibly 4-5 times now, I’ve come to the realization that, at least based on what we have so far, it wouldn’t be out of the question for anything to happen when this film finally drops. Dougherty has seemingly created a world in which emotional stakes for the humans can stack up against the prospect of 4 colossal titans duking it out like a WWE match, complete with character music and special moves. You could tell me Millie Bobby Brown’s character comes to a cathartic understanding of her relationship with her parents and that alien Xilians are controlling titanic monsters in this movie, and at this point I would believe you.
So far, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters appears to have everything going for it. This cast, and this take on the legendary Toho beasties looks to finally deliver the kind of outstanding Kaiju action people like me have been waiting for our entire lives. The only question now is whether any other movies should bother releasing in 2019. Also, this trailer hints that there could be a few surprises beyond what we already know to be in the film. I could be crazy, but it’s possible there is a quick look at a certain bespiked fan-favorite monster hidden in this bad boy.
We have to wait until May 31 to find out which monster we’ll be bending the knee to, but my money is firmly on everyone’s favorite radioactive lizard… considering he’s already got another planned matchup with a big monkey in the offing.
PS, the final shot of this trailer is not safe for people with heart conditions to watch, because it is probably too awesome.