Godzilla Minus One Trailer Brings Back A Classic Kaiju Design

Image Credit: TOHO

Toho looks to be going back to where it all began. Godzilla Minus One’s official trailer shows us Japan’s first encounter with the King of the Monsters after WWII.

The initial synopsis is pretty simple: “In postwar Japan, a new terror rises; Godzilla. Will the devastated people be able to survive… let alone fight back?” What possible defense could a recovering island mount against a towering atomic-powered monster?

The tone of the trailer is similar to the grim feeling 2019’s Shin Godzilla delivered. However, this time Toho has decided to implement a more familiar design for the famous kaiju.

The giant stomping reptile looks like he is a mix between the Final Wars Godzilla and a little of the more recent Legendary Pictures version. We only get a brief glimpse of his head and a blurry full-body shot.

However, there are still plenty of shots of the destruction the monster causes throughout various cities. Yes, there’s even a shot of his feet stepping on people.

Godzilla Minus One is written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki. His other credits include helming Lupin III: The First and Dragon Quest: Your Story.

It’s unclear right now how much of the film’s runtime will be dedicated to the human drama, which Shin Godzilla had a healthy amount of. What we do know is that Godzilla Minus One will be in theatres on December 1st, 2023

I really need some proper Godzilla action to wash away the bad taste that Godzilla vs. Kong left in my mouth. The action scenes weren’t bad, but the human storylines were not only boring but almost entirely pointless.

Remember when Michael Bay’s first Transformers movie had a huge cast of people who ultimately didn’t matter to the plot because everyone wanted to see giant robots? Yeah, it was kind of like that.

[Source: Godzilla Toho’s official YouTube Channel]
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