In the realm of major blockbusters of the last decade or so, few works are in the same class as Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, a work of staggering beauty, visual poetry, and vast, fantastic destruction by a giant lizard-monster that looks down on Everest. If one ever asks why Edwards was handed a Star Wars movie, one need look no further than the 2014 Godzilla, much like if you wanted to know why J.J. Abrams was handed The Force Awakens, one would need to look no further than his superb 2009 Star Trek reboot.
Edwards’ rapturous epic, which was imbued with a fanatical consideration of human mortality, is easily the best Godzilla film to hit theaters since the Toho original, a different, still extraordinary sort of blockbuster. And long before we see Godzilla 2, or Godzilla vs. Kong for that matter, the big monster will be returning to Toho with Godzilla Resurgence, a wildly bizarre-looking take on the towering, tail-swinging reptile. The new trailer for the film, which you can take a look at below, makes the film look endearingly devoted to physical effects (up to a point) and rampantly odd in its narrative trajectory.
The seemingly propulsive strangeness of the film should not come as a surprise to fans of the film’s writer and co-director Hideaki Anno, one of the main creative forces behind Neon Genesis Evangelion, one of the most influential anime’s to be released in the aughts. (Anno started his work as an animator on Hayao Miyazaki‘s glorious Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.) To see his take on the lore of Godzilla alone is reason enough to rally for a stateside release of Godzilla Resurgence, which will hit Japan theaters on July 29th.
Here’s the new trailer for Godzilla Resurgence:
Here’s a short synopsis for Godzilla Resurgence from Gormaru Island Facebook page:
“A cause unknown, an accident has occurred in the tunnels of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, causing an emergency cabinet meeting to convene. Immediately afterwards, a huge creature appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. The mysterious giant organism named “Godzilla.”