The upcoming “Godzilla” reboot seems pretty promising, but according to some Japanese moviegoers, the titular lizard monster could stand to lose a few pounds.
Commentators on 2ch, Japan’s largest internet forum, have been less than kind with their assessment of the creature as glimpsed in the film’s trailers, and the consensus seems to be that the monster that was created in Japan has packed on quite the paunch since being re-imagined by American filmmakers.
“Did he get fat?” wondered one commenter, while others wrote, “Out of shape Godzilla” and “He’s gone Supersize Me,” referring to Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about American fast food. “That’s what happens when all you do is eat and lay around,” another commenter snarked.
Not all the comments were critical (one poster noted that the new version “looks better than the previous Hollywood Godzilla” from the 1998 film, which is very true), though many tended to fall on the fat-shaming side. But as one Godzilla comic artist pointed out, Japanese audiences shouldn’t get too haughty by picking on the Americanized version of the classic creature.
“It’s a little ridiculous for anyone in Japan to complain that ‘the American Godzilla is fat’ – after all, he definitely had a heavy phase in the Heisei Era….,” wrote Matt Frank, in reference to the pudgy-looking iteration of the monster that was popularized in the 1980s. That Godzilla definitely had some serious thunder thighs.
Whatever your view on the towering creature, “Godzilla” — and all the junk in his trunk — hits theaters May 16.