What Is The Godzilla Metaphor This Time?

If anyone at Warner Bros. or Legendary had been stupid enough to ask the above question or even use the word “metaphor” they would have been fired off the film in a heartbeat. But if you had to choose a metaphor, what would it be? C’mon, think of one. The simultaneous starvation and poisoning of good-movie culture (or what’s left of it) by corporate-minded zombie execs and their original-idea phobia and embrace of CG-driven remakes and franchises?

  • http://robertcashill.blogspot.com BobCashill

    Our planet in its death throes from pollution and radiation. Or Obamacare.

  • Pig Bodine

    Looks good. Doesn’t show too much.

    Nice tension in the skydiving sequence, plus great use of silence in the other half.

    Consider me 30% more interested than I was.

    • Correcting Jeff

      I’m sure the movie will be crap– as all genre movies are these days, sadly– but that’s actually an EXCELLENT trailer, and Jeff’s being stubborn, as usual.

  • Marty Melville

    It’s the war on Christmas. So obvious.

  • Joe Leydon

    Some problems are big enough to make you forget about film grain.

  • http://www.filmjerk.com/ Edward Havens

    Pacific Rim 2: Kaiju Boogaloo, complete with San Francisco destruction!

    Color me unimpressed.

    • Zed75

      Yes, clearly Godzilla owes a HUGE debt to Pacific Rim.

      • http://www.filmjerk.com/ Edward Havens

        Same production company, same distributor, one year later. Do your homework first.

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  • gitmoguest

    It’s a global warming metaphor… nature run amok. Godzilla here looks like a walking typhoon. And yes, this movie will make a billion dollars and I don’t mind, it looks great so far.

    • pizan܍amore

      Yes, it’s nature pointing up the folly of men, just like history shows again and again.

  • moviewatcher

    I must say I was gonna watch this just for Binoche but this trailer impressed me. Of course it’s a teaser, with pretty much no score in the background (which they often don’t keep for the actual film). The dialog in the beginning was cheesy, but who knows…

  • Brian Bouton

    It’s a metaphor for America’s foreign policy adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you don’t see it then you just aren’t looking hard enough.

    • pizan܍amore

      It’s a critique of capitalism.

      • Brian Bouton

        In Japan where I lived for a decade, it’s a tale of a man in a giant rubber suit, zipper exposed, who hates model trains and cardboard buildings.

        • pizan܍amore

          You have probably come closest to the answer Jeff is looking for:

          It’s a metaphor for a giant radioactive lizard that destroys San Francisco.

  • Zach

    A metaphor for the gratuitous CGI-ification of movies. That or gay marriage.

    • That One

      Yeah, they probably should have went with practical effects for a 500-foot-tall monster and the complete destruction of San Francisco.

      • joeybot

        Hey, they did in the 1960s and audiences would definitely accept that level of effects today!

  • kwisatzhaderach

    Looks terrific. Nice nod to Kubrick in the use of the Ligeti, some arty composition and great use of sound at the end of the trailer. ‘Monsters’ was a real surprise so hopefully Edwards can make it two for two.

  • Mr. F.

    “They just ripped off the Japanese classic GOJIRA.” – D.Z.

    • D.Z.

      No, that’s the overrated The Host and that shitty Yonggary.

  • D.Z.

    Fukushima and/or 911, probably.

  • SmaugAlert

    San Francisco has been getting destroyed an awful lot lately… and we haven’t even had a good earthquake film.

    • Perfect Tommy

      Yeah, when are we going to get Brad Bird’s “1906″?

  • Mr. F.

    The metaphor is clear: “Godzilla” is Jeffrey Wells, as he virtually lays waste to the Internet after not being invited to the preview screening.

    • pizan܍amore

      Or Wells laying waste to the bottom 80% of his Best of 2012 list.

  • Magga

    I think CGI is still a couple of decades away from not looking like an entirely different movie compared to the actors and sets (the buildings and destruction, obviously, the monster needs to be animated) but this actually looks a lot more inventive than I imagined. Some clever shots in there

  • Correcting Jeff

    It’s a metaphor for Fukashima destroying the Japanese environment. Or angry madmen reacting to waiters who won’t give them forks to eat pocket cake.

  • Mechanical Shark

    It’s a metaphor for the indifferent nature of the universe.
    Or the dangers of nuclear power.
    Or Godzilla is the 1%, possessing tremendous power and exercising it indiscriminately, with no long term plan or rational thinking. Laying to waste the small people because they’re there. In Godzilla we see the police attack on peaceful protest, housing foreclosure, the decaying of infrastructure. The trailer starts in fog, the pollution emitted from factories run by the wealthy. Godzilla is a creature of this fog, in a sense it is that fog.

  • HarryWarden

    Wow, can’t believe anyone thinks that looks good. After Pacific Rim and its multiple monsters, just one seems positively quaint and ho-hum comparatively.

  • Clockwork Taxi

    What an excellent teaser. Gave me chills. Love the 2001 music.

  • Jason T.

    Nod to Kubrick was a nice change of pace.

  • Perfect Tommy

    It’s a metaphor for Harvey Weinstein’s domination of the Oscars race.

  • Christopher A. Otto

    I think there’s a room in the world for a GOOD Godzilla popcorn movie. Roland Emmerich effed it up beyond belief, and that’s tainted it for years. But Godzilla is one of our iconic movie monsters, and there’s a fun way to handle this material. Maybe this is it.

  • James Ellis

    Rhetorical question here, but I still fail to see what Jeff hopes to achieve by complaining about a picture like this (crap though I expect it to be). Even if the film industry completely ceased to churn out pictures like this, people would still not be lining up to see the likes of ‘Philomena’ (super-ugly banner ads, btw). The audience for this film and for “good-movie culture” exist in largely separate universes. Continually whining about that fact enters the realm of “Old man yells at cloud”.

  • Tom

    If there’s a God, Puff Daddy will sing the “fade-to-black” track (that was my favorite part of the ’98 film).