I confess my childhood interest in Godzilla is mixed. I don’t think I could call myself a fan. For various reasons including my mostly limiting my television viewing to PBS and a general wimpiness when it came to horror films I didn’t even SEE a Godzilla film until I was fifteen. But despite not watching the movies I had read all of the books about them, so my knowledge was actually good regarding most of the Showa Era. So me and my friends would create our own adventures of Godzilla which had little to do with the actual movies.
Since then I’ve been catching up. Most of them are fun romps though few capture the power of the original film. My favorites include Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack and Godzilla: Final Wars There were a few outright bombs which unfortunatly includes the utterly painful American remake.
So when I heard about a new American Godzilla film I assumed the worst but thankfully what I heard about the director, Gareth Edwards’ enthusiasm about the project and seeing the teaser and first trailer I started to get my hopes up. Now I realize that trailers have become an art form unto themselves so a good trailer no longer means a good movie. But now that I have seen the second trailer… I think I will be an optimist now.