First 'Godzilla' Trailer Feels Appropriately Epic

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After the noisy, lime-colored misery of Roland Emmerich's Godzilla, we thought we'd seen enough of the big green guy for the next 50 years, and greeted Legendary's plans to reboot the nuclear-powered monster with a cynically scornful eyeroll. But perhaps we were a little too hasty.

Unlike a lot of modern blockbuster directors, Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards has been keeping fairly mum while working on next year's reboot, and maybe that's because he knows he's delivering the goods -- at least if this new trailer is reflective of the movie as a whole.

Rather than the senses-shattering bombast we tend to get with features like Godzilla, the trailer presents a picture of quiet horror; while there's certainly death and destruction on an epic scale, it's depicted with something like awe-stricken reverence -- you know, the way you'd probably feel if a giant freaking lizard was actually laying waste to the planet. Would everyone scream? Absolutely, but there would also be moments when they were frozen in mute terror, and Edwards' Godzilla seems to emphasize this feeling instead of turning the whole thing into another round of CGI destruction porn.

Of course, this could just be the trailer talking, and Edwards' Godzilla could end up being every bit as dunderheaded as Emmerich's. In the meantime, however, this little clip points a way forward for the numbness-inducing blockbusters of the modern era. Check it out:

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