Bryan Cranston freaks out in the new trailer for ‘Godzilla’

Bryan Cranston tries and fails to keep his cool in the new trailer for "Godzilla." Credit: Kimberley French
Bryan Cranston tries and fails to keep his cool in the new trailer for “Godzilla.”
Credit: Kimberley French

The makers of the forthcoming “Godzilla” don’t want you to think about “Godzilla,” the notorious (and more importantly, non-moneymaking) 1998 reboot from “Independence Day” destructo-director Roland Emmerich. Nor, for that matter, do they want you to think about any other previous “Godzilla” — not even 1974′s “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla,” in which the fire-breathing super-lizard battled both a robot doppelganger and a race of apelike aliens from “the Third Planet from the Black Hole.” In keeping with many of today’s superhero pictures, this is a serious tale, with serious actors emoting seriously as they look genuinely terrified at the serious decimation of actual cities by a serious radioactive beast — just in case that really happens one day. Sorry, New Yorkers, but after barely surviving whoever those baddies were in “The Avengers,” you get it again, as seen in this new trailer:

Admittedly, it’s a bluntly effective ad, one that luckily forgoes the usual Hans Zimmer “whooooooom” scores from “Batman” pictures and uses a distractingly close rip-off of the unsettling avant-garde Gyorgy Ligeti music Stanley Kubrick used in “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Shining.” There are the expected too-brief glimpses of ‘zilla himself (although some say it’s a she), plus even briefer shots of actual actors Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”). In fact the real star — after the sickening levels of dread, that is — is Bryan Cranston, who eats up the narration track with wild warnings about a looming apocalypse, and is seen crying even harder than that one time something really tragic happened on “Breaking Bad.”

It’s worth nothing, though, that however intense this “Godzilla” looks, one should approach with trepidation. Its maker, Gareth Edwards, previously made “Monsters,” and based on that title — and the film’s inclusion of giant aliens — you’d think this would make him a shoe-in. One thing, though: “Monsters” was terrible. It was a great idea — that it was an indie version of an alien invasion picture, one that focused on real characters dealing with a realistic (or realistic-ish) depiction of what would happen if our planet was visited by dangerous, but not belligerent, extra-terrestrials. But the characters remained thin, and they worked through a rote, hesitant romance as they walked around aliens who did nothing but look pretty — not roo unlike any dumb blockbuster, in other words, only cheaper and less exciting. There’s every chance this could be a dreary plodfest about an emo Godzilla who destroys cities but is crying on the inside — just like Skoora the Gentle Shark from this classic Kids in the Hall sketch.

Or it could be great. You really can’t ever know, can you? The movie will be out May 14.

Follow Matt Prigge on Twitter @mattprigge



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Actor Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in June…

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by…

National

Connected cars: Is AT&T leaving Verizon in its…

By Marina Lopes and Bernie WoodallWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier known for its widespread coverage, is falling behind its biggest…

Local

Grand jury begins hearing evidence in Eric Garner…

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday relating to the death of Eric Garner while in police custody in July. Garner, 43, of Staten Island,…

Local

Mayor announces plan for solar panels at city…

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the planned installation of 24 new solar panels at city schools on Monday morning. The panels, a $28 million investment,…

Going Out

Taste what Lower Manhattan is cooking at today's…

The Lower Manhattan food scene has changed a lot in three years, which you can taste first hand when the neighborhood's food festival returns. On…

Television

Review: 'Selfie' tries to coast on the charm…

"Selfie" offers cute leads and some good jokes, but focuses too much on a vague distaste for social media.

Movies

Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' is…

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" takes a hysterical and melodramatic look at disconnection in the digital age, turning strong actors into zombies.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Sept. 29: 'Castle,' 'Mom'…

Tune in for the season premieres of "Castle," "Mom" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony preaches patience with new coach, offense

While star forward Carmelo Anthony said he’s “enthusiastic” and “optimistic” for the upcoming season, he still wants everyone — from within the locker room and…

Education

How to ace your private school interview

Getting ready for a private school interview can be daunting for many, most of whom might never have been in an interview situation before. We’ve…

Education

5 questions parents should ask while visiting private…

It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a new school for your child. Parents considering several different schools can…

Education

3 ways to save money on college application…

With the average high school student applying to 5 or 6 schools, hefty application and test score fees can add up quickly. We’ve compiled some…

Education

Nap rooms: The latest college campus trend

College is a time filled with new experiences (and lots of schoolwork), leaving little time for students to get a good night’s rest. University of…