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Edwards: Goosebumps for Godzilla

Published 19/04/2014 | 00:52

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has teased that the film will give the audience the shivers.

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The Monsters filmmaker is offering up his "serious" big-screen version of the 1954 Japanese science-fiction movie, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen.

"Basically, we wanted to make a version of Godzilla where we took it really seriously," he said in a Meet The Director online series.

"The original 1954 version is a very serious film. People may think it's a B-movie but when you watch it again, it's actually an analogy and a metaphor for things like Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

The British filmmaker continued: "It's a very serious take on a monster movie and I love to take science fiction seriously - it's my passion - so in terms of doing Godzilla, it was just like, 'Let's take it seriously, let's make the most realistic thing we can, so let's hark back to that style of filmmaking that I grew up with...' Like those [Steven] Spielberg movies where they get the balance right with the action and the CGI.

"I think in this day and age, it's very easy to get seduced by the visual effects and with my background doing computer graphics, it's like the honeymoon period with that is well and truly over."

Gareth's Godzilla will open in cinemas on May 15, and he hopes that cinemagoers will be satisfied with his take.

"I hope we've got the balance right. It's one big visual foreplay in terms of the movie and in terms of giving the audience goosebumps when they watch this stuff," he teased.

More behind-the-scenes videos will be posted on the Godzilla film's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/GodzillaMovieUK.

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