The Godzilla movies have, from time to time, delved into deeper subject matter. The original was a metaphor for Japan experiencing the atomic bomb, Godzilla vs. Hedorah tackled pollution, and in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Godzilla arrives to punish Japan for its wartime atrocities.
An earlier trailer suggested that Godzilla: King of the Monsters might go down a similar path (i.e., Godzilla and his ilk are the Earth’s immune system against the plague that is humanity), which is fine. But we all know why people really watch Godzilla movies: crazy monster vs. monster action, and based on this latest trailer, Godzilla: King of the Monsters will have that aplenty.
The movie will feature Godzilla taking on three of his most famous foes, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, and they all look incredible as they wage war for dominance across the face of the Earth. While the trailer is clearly setting up a final epic smackdown between Godzilla and King Ghidorah, my favorite moment occurs at 2:06 when Rodan does that barrel roll to rid himself of those pesky jet fighters.
As an added bonus, watch this fan video that updates the new trailer with the classic Godzilla et al. sounds.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Sally Hawkins, Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, and Millie Bobby Brown, and arrives in theatres on May 31, 2019.