‘Godzilla’ TV spots showcase King of All Monsters, massive destruction

April 02, 2014 | 2:59 p.m.

A new TV spot for this summer’s coming monster blockbuster “Godzilla” debuted Wednesday, spotlighting epic scenes of destruction presumably caused by the King of All Monsters.

The clip comes on the heels of an earlier spot released Tuesday that showcases explosive action scenes and concludes with an image of Godzilla himself.

“Godzilla”  is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010.

In “Monsters,” Edwards turned heads with his use of sound and character emotion to build an atmosphere of suspense despite a limited budget, and if the early footage from the film is any indication, he seems to use similar tactics in “Godzilla.”

The movie’s ensemble cast includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston, and last year at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Cranston said that Edwards’ indie-film background is partially what attracted him to taking the role.

“It was fantastic because he was able to make a monster movie also into a character-driven component where you really felt for these people,” Cranston said of “Monsters.” “And that’s what he transformed this ‘Godzilla’ into.”

Legendary Pictures has been drumming up hype for the film since it was first announced at Comic-Con 2012. Leading up to the trailer release, the studio posted mysterious video snippets on mutoresearch.net, a promotional site designed to look like a government research portal, with streaming code and static-y sound effects.

“Godzilla” arrives in theaters May 16.

Are you excited to see “Godzilla”? What do you think of the new TV spots? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark


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