With less than a month to go before Godzilla remerges on the big screen, director Gareth Edwards is getting ready to present his version of the famous monster and it promises to be unlike any other incarnation. In the latest featurette for the film, Edwards discusses why his Godzilla has a more dark and serious tone than perhaps we would expect from a movie about the famous Kaiju.

Godzilla movie posterThis Godzilla is a lot darker than before

Edward’s is hoping to avoid any of the traps that previous Godzilla filmmakers have fallen into, when presenting the monster on the big screen. Instead of going the campy or overblown route, reliant too heavily on special effects, Edwards's Godzilla is dark, serious and owing much more to the original Japanese version.

Edwards said, “we wanted to make a version of Godzilla where we took it really seriously. The original 1954 version is a very serious film.” He points out that the original version is often mistaken as a B-movie but really it isn't. “When you watch it again it’s really an analogy and a metaphor for things like Hiroshima and Nagasaki its a very serious take on a monster movie,” he said. 

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Describing himself as someone who “loves to take science fiction seriously,” Edwards has been influenced by early Spielberg movies where it was all about the suspense before the big reveal. He’s also wary of not relying too heavily on CGI and special effects which he says are easy to get seduced by these days. For him it was all about getting the balance right and trying to give the audience goosebumps.

As Edwards puts it, expect this Godzilla to be “one big visual foreplay”, which sounds intriguing enough. Add to that, it also stars Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as well as a supporting cast including Elizabeth Olsen and Sally Hawkins.

Bryan Cranston in Godzilla

Godzilla is in cinemas from 15th May in the UK and 16th May in the US.

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