The Hollywood Reporter
On tap right now is a smorgasbord of goodies for Legendary Pictures’ upcoming take on Godzilla that’s home to some amusing news coming out of Japan and the very first clips from the movie, which we refuse to watch. Will you?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the name “Godzilla” is a combination of “gorilla” and “kujira,” the Japanese word for whale. For many Japanese lovers of their country’s original monster, the upcoming Hollywood re-creation is not enough muscular primate and too much blubbery cetacean.
“Whichever way you look at it, he’s an American fatty,” posted one fan after promo images and trailers went online in Japan.” He got fat in America on cola and pizza,” tweeted another fan. “He’s couch potato Godzilla”; “It’s got no neck”; “He Supersized”; and “Marshmallow-Godzilla?” were just a few of the reactions from fans. Some were less harsh about the new Godzilla but still unimpressed: “It’s chubby and cute,” wrote one. “It looks like a seal,” said another. Others were simply more forgiving: “I’m looking forward to this. Well, everyone gets middle-age spread.” There was positive reaction too: “It looks better than the last Hollywood Godzilla,” said one fan, while another observed, “He looks stronger than the original.”
Honestly, I don’t remember Godzilla ever being particularly svelte… so for my money this is just ludicrous. What do you think? Let us know after you watch the following clips… or stand strong with us and resist!
Godzilla starts everywhere on May 16th with special 7PM screenings happening on Thursday, May 15th.
From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.
Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star in the film, which has been rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.”
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