If you've only previously seen Roland Emmerich's 1998 version of Godzilla you're in for quite the surprise for the latest reboot. And a lot of that has to do with the title character himself.
2014's 'Zilla is a fairly complicated character and we quizzed director Gareth Edwards and just how he would classify the skyscraper sized beast. And he's gone with 'anti-hero'...
"An antihero is a good description," says the Englishman. "I don’t think you could ever say he was a hero because of what happens in our film. But whether he’s the lesser of two evils, maybe you have to watch the movie to see that side of things. It’s also a bit like a hurricane – is it good or bad? It’s kind of neither, it’s just nature."
This terror is essentially outside the sphere of something as simplistic as right and wrong and the movie goes out of its way to keep the nature of his relationship to humanity mysterious, which is probably a good thing. "Godzilla in theory in our movie is just trying to put the world to right in terms of the balance of things with Nature. And for some people that’s a horrific experience. And for other people in the long term maybe it was for the best."
But he does definitely wreck the gaff: "I don’t think it would be fair to call him a hero because of the carnage that’s inevitable. But the kind of personality that we gave him was kind of like the last of the samurai or something. He was the lone Ronin left, because he is the last of his kind. There’s neither good nor bad in him, it’s not really coming from a malicious place, it’s more animalistic."
Godzilla is in cinemas from the 15th of May 2014.