To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of either of the American Godzilla movies. Hell, I’ll even go on to say that there were some things that the 1998 Roland Emmerich movie did better than the recent Gareth Edwards version. Having Godzilla actually in your movie, on screen, doing stuff, for example. Or having a lead with even a single iota of charisma. But both of the American Godzilla films at least paved the way for the franchise to get back into action in Japan. Emmerich’s Godzilla is what helped Godzilla 2000 to happen, and while that film wasn’t the best the series has ever seen, the last slate of films that followed wouldn’t have happened without it. And for all I can say about Edwards’ Godzilla, and I can say plenty, it at least put Godzilla: Resurgence into production.
Today, the first trailer for Resurgence landed, and what does this committed G-fan have to say about it? Looks good! Looks….like a Godzilla movie. Got the classic roar, got some good, honest suitmation. Yeah. I’m down. But if you want anything in terms of story, characters, really any info besides “it’s a movie, and it’s got Godzilla in it”, you may want to wait for the next trailer. This first one is prettymuch entirely here to give us a glimpse of the film’s visuals, which (in the trailer at least) are mostly practical effects with some CGI added here and there for effect.
What’ll be especially interesting for me is finding out where this new movie falls in terms of continuity. It’s been typical of previous movies in the series to either only acknowledge the 1954 film’s events, or to take place in a sub-series. All of the 90s films compromise one continuity timeline, for example, as well as all of the films in the series up until the late 70s. The ‘Resurgence’ part of the title indicates a a return of some point, but in what capacity? Will any of the events of any previous films be canon? WILL IT HAVE JET JAGUAR? No. No, it will not have Jet Jaguar. But a man can hope, dammit. A man can hope……
Check out the trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence below.