Every summer, moviegoers flood the theaters to check out the next popcorn movie. Summer movies may also be labeled as a holiday, as movie studios know that the summer is season to make the most revenue. This week the “King of Monsters” will be making a comeback onto the big screen, which has people eager to know what to expect with the newest incarnation of “Godzilla.”
Based on the popular Toho Company films, Godzilla’s first appearance was in the self-titled 1954 film, sometimes translated as Gojira. Starring in over 28 films, he became a pop culture icon worldwide. After the backlash following 1998’s Matthew Broderick-starring “Godzilla” film, fans demanded a real Godzilla experience. Those people will be happy with the newest incarnation of the giant creature.
Variety reports today that during the Hollywood premiere of the new 2014 film starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick A**”), Moviegoers inside the Dolby theater cheered when Godzilla appeared on screen doing what he does best… causing chaos. Screenwriter Max Borenstein explained his different interpretation of Godzilla at the premiere.
“There is no one answer to what a Godzilla movie is when I started getting into it,” Borestein said. “Godzilla is different in every movie. Coming in you say, ‘Oh my God, I can’t screw it up for the purists,’ but then you go what is a purist? Godzilla evolves and changes over the past 60 years. He’s a vessel for whatever the fear of the moment is that makes us as mankind terrified of our own impotence — the powerlessness in the face of nature.”
Of course, you really can’t please everyone. Earlier this year when fans got glimpse of the character, they commented on how big Godzilla looked. What are they complaining about? His weight? Apparently, yes, as they quickly dubbed him to be “Fat-Zilla.” IGN also reports that the creators defended the look of the king of monsters. The director Gareth Edwards even joked about the comments.
"I think two people in Japan said that, but let's pretend it's the whole world for a moment,” said Edwards. “I just think it's comments like that that give giant monsters an image complex. That's what makes him angry in the first place."
Star Ken Watanabe also shared his thoughts about the character’s weight as he joked about the comments.
"He's getting some good exercise," Watanabe concluded.
Since when did a toned physique become a requirement for giant monsters? It doesn’t matter how much the mighty giant weighs; what matters about Godzilla is the destruction he creates. Godzilla doesn’t need to battle weight-discrimination on top of all the other giant creatures he has to fight.