Kaiju is a Japanese film genre where giant monsters attack major cities, engaging the military and other monsters in battle. In the far East it's one of the most recognised forms of entertainment - that's why Godzilla: King of the Monsters is aiming for King Kong sized bucks at the box-office. Whilst Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim: Uprising, Hollywood's flawed attempt at Kaiju, were the most recent return to the genre by an American studio, the US industry has concentrated more on heavy effects action/disaster movie style pieces in recent years.
2014's Godzilla failed to do anything original, moreover last year's Kong: Skull Island instantly became yet another disposable, character - lite, video game action spinner. Importantly though, with Godzilla: King of the Monsters we find the clue in a sneaky post credit scene that Warner Brothers want a slice of Marvel's shared universe pie - announcing their Kaiju monster universe, ambitiously building towards King Kong vs Godzilla - a reimagining of Ishiro Honda's mighty 1962 Kaiju classic.
Though it seriously needs to establish some solid, well developed characters - Godzilla: King of the Monsters brought the house down at Comic Con, boasting one of the most brilliant trailers this year.
The trailer opens with Millie Bobbi Brown gazing attentively into the smokey abyss of the skyline that surrounds her - as a result of her dark wardrobe, overgrown bob and concerned facial expression, she flaunts a classic Eleven-like look. The Stranger Things actress has developed quite the fan base over the past two years, her conscientious persona promises great things to come from what is shaping out to be an attempted Kaiju comeback for tinsel town. Vera Farmiga stars as Brown's mother, who claims earth's original and rightful rulers the Titans must be found or else the planet will perish. Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe also feature in support.
King of the Monsters brings with it destruction on an epic scale at the hands of Japanese pop culture's most infamous creatures. Every monster but specifically Godzilla stands out visually - you have Mothra the elegant ally, three headed King Ghidorah who promises one hell of a fight and Godzilla who's spine lights up with a lightning blue finish.
In spite of all that artistic flourish, the genius use of sound is what truly shines. As the Warner Bros. symbol mystically fades behind smoke and Farmiga explains her ridiculous monster theory - Debussy's Clair de Lune settles over the dismal atmosphere on screen. In one of the finest music choices i've ever encountered - King of the Monsters' juxtaposition of sound with vision crafts a terrifying yet almost uplifting feeling. This is definitely an intriguing film to look out for.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into cinemas 31st May 2019.