Following our report earlier today covering Total Film's latest issue, packed with a full Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters feature, our friends at Gormaru Island have uploaded a bunch of scans of the magazine. Amongst new information about the film itself, we also have a few new images from the movie to enjoy as well. Check them out:
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This article was written By Chris and published on 2019-03-04 19:50:14
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So the most interesting things I learnt from the article:
1. Godzilla's lair. Dougherty mentioned where does he go after each movie as he heads back out to the ocean. His lair...made by humans in prehistoric times. Interesting indeed. So that is presumably what Dr. Serizawa was at climbing those steps and face-to-face with the big G in that "temple".
2. Komodo Dragons (which are actually monitor lizards found in Indonesia-the largest lizard in the world) influenced Godzilla here. Fascinating. The thing to note about komodo dragons is that often times they appear to be slow lumbering beasts...but can go into a rapid sprint to chase down prey in the flash of an eye. That might be hinting at Godzilla "sprinting". And Cobras influencing Ghdiorah. Cobra scales was the model for Ghdiorah's scales and also the way it moves. Is Ghidorah going to "slither" about?
They need to build it up that way, but definitely would have more of an effect, had they refrained from confirming Godzilla vs. Kong until after KoTM. But most of the public won't know, so I'm sure it will still seem like the finale to most.
Solid write up with lots of fascinating information. Some highlights to me:
"When you think about it, Toho started building these cinematic universes back in the 1960s and '70s. Really, the '50s, if you want to go back further."
To be fair, Universal did it first, but I don't mind the filmmakers getting caught up in the excitment of hyping the Showa series' cinematic universe.
"At the heard of the film is this relationship between a mother and daughter. It might be one of the first Godzilla movies to pass the Bechdel Test, from that perspective."
I'm glad the core of the film has that kind of grounded nature and I know Farmiga is talking about the Bechdel Test from that "perspective", but other movies to hit that bar: Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla 2000, Godzilla x Megaguirus, Godzilla x MechaGodzilla, Godzilla: Final Wars... those are just off the top of my head.
"The tricky thing with intertwining a human story with a Godzilla movie is that you don't have as much real estate with the human story. At least a third of your film, if not more, needs to be devoted to giant creatures beating the **** out of each other!"
Jesting aside, I surely hope those ends any concerns we'll see plenty of monster action.
"I didn't see men in rubber suits. I saw ancient, powerful, mythic creatures. To me, these creatures were intelligent beings fighting out old grudges. They were the equivalent of dragons and giants, and all the creatures you read about in mythology and the Bible."
Dougherty's absolute reverence for the series is wonderful. He's probably the most fanboy heavy director the series has had since Tezuka. Good or bad, this movie will certainly have enthusiasm for the material.
"...[For the music score] we brought in Taiko drummers from Japan. We brought in Japanese priests to chant. Even the lyrics in some of the chanting have significance."
Getting Shin Godzilla vibes from the chanting comments. Love it. The score is something I'm looking forward to the most.
"Batman's got the Batcave. Superman's got the Fortress of Solitude. So it seemed to make sense Godzilla would have somewhere to go ... I love the idea that he returns to a place that, in some ways, was built for him by some previous human civilisation..."
This is equal parts reverent & goofy which is perfect for the Godzilla franchise. I'm so excited this idea was implemented. Looking forward to seeing the G-Cave! Now if we can just get him a G-mobile.
I may have to pick this up for collection reasons.
Ghidorah is so awesome. I love Godzilla but they managed to make a Ghidorah that will be timeless and forever remembered as one of the best... in my opinion. I will see this movie twice on the same day ! The story arc to me is fascinating.
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