One of the reasons why Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla (2014) succeeded was due to its skillful restraint. The slow build-up to the big baddie’s reveal was masterfully handled and intentionally quite Spielbergian. And when it came time to see the monster in roaring action, it was a well-earned moment of pure cinematic spectacle, something this summer severely lacked from its blockbusters. That’s a tradition carried onto this first American trailer for Shin Godzilla, which provides another great example of restraint.
Directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (the live-action Attack on Titan movies), Shin Godzilla — formally titled Godzilla Resurgence — quickly became the highest grossing live-action film in Japan when it was released in July, but it’ll only come to theaters for one week starting October 11 in the United States. It’s also a limited engagement, playing in select theaters across the country. Tickets, however, are now available on Funimation Films’ website, the film’s domestic distributor. You should probably get them while you can.
Though the trailer is rather brief and short on dialogue, it nevertheless promises an inciting, intimate and massively engaging new addition to the long-running series, a reboot that continues to bring the humanity and destruction of the series in plentiful fashion. The scale is massive and epic, especially compared to previous Japanese installments, and it just looks so darn cool. I can’t wait to check it out myself.
Of course, if you miss the chance to see Godzilla on the big screen this time around, you’ll certainly find a few more in the years to come. Legendary’s Godzilla 2 is still slated for March 22, 2019, and there’s also going to be Godzilla vs. King Kong coming in 2020. See him sooner, however, with the trailer below.