New ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Trailer: The King Kaiju Is Back To His Apocalyptic Roots

I’ll be honest; it’s been really hard for me to get back into Godzilla. The problem is that the American take on the king of all kaiju has been sorta…well, friendly? He doesn’t come across as the devastating force of nature that he did in those Japanese classics. Sure, he destroys a lot of stuff and can slug it out with King Kong, but ultimately you don’t fear Godzilla.

Well, that all changes in the utterly terrifying trailer for Godzilla Minus One, which Toho has dropped today. Writer / director Takashi Yamazaki’s take is a throwback to those kaiju classics which served as a metaphor for Japan’s post-war recovery after the atomic bombings.  The film takes place in the fallout of WWII when a struggling recovery is made staggeringly worse by the arrival of Godzilla, stomping flat an already-devastated country.

I feel like this take on Godzilla is especially hard-hitting in the wake of Oppenheimer. In this trailer there’s a very clear emphasis on the visual devastation caused by nuclear attack, and that feels like a statement that is being made. Mainly, though, Godzilla looks like an absolute monster and not like he’s destined for a cool team-up movie crossover.

Godzilla Minus One opens here on December 1st, following a Japanese release on November 3rd.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.