'Godzilla' is Camera Shy, Probably Because He's So Fat


Based on the number of pictures and trailers we've seen for Godzilla. and how many good looks at the monster we've seen, it's a little surprising to learn the film still keeps the big nuclear lizard hidden for most of the film's duration. Over at Vulture director Gareth Edwards comments saying, "[If] you throw everything you can at the screen, you've got nowhere else to go," which makes me say, Well, if the only place you have to "go" is to show me a CG monster then is it really worth the journey?

Edwards adds that the glimpses at Godzilla early on without putting him entiretly on display is not an attempt "to frustrate the audience, but to tease them. It's kind of like cinematic foreplay."

This isn't to say the movie is nothing more than leading up to a monster reveal as Edwards definitely thought all this out saying, "What we were trying to do when we designed the movie was to incrementally build and build. So hopefully, you get the big climax at the end and it has the maximum power possible--and then it's the end credits."

Of course, perhaps the big guy has reason to be shy as THR quotes Japanese fans mocking the monster's appearance. Comments include "He's couch potato Godzilla;" "It's got no neck;" "He Supersized;" "Marshmallow-Godzilla?" and then it gets personal... "Whichever way you look at it, he's an American fatty," posted one fan. "He got fat in America on cola and pizza," Tweeted another.

Good stuff.

Godzilla finally stomps stateside on May 16 and Warner Bros. just released a full gallery of pictures, 25 to be exact, many of which you've seen, some you haven't. I've put the entire gallery in this post on the first and second pages.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    As a recently turned American, I will not tolerate others calling us fat! Only we have the right to call ourselves that....If Godzilla is truly representing America, I better see him swallow down at least one McDonalds restaurant.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

      I tip my hat to you, Adu.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    I always saw Godzilla as a 'she'. . .

    Guess I'll just add that to the list of things I was wrong about

    • andyluvsfilms

      that and Amy Adams ;-)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

    I'm an American who lost 30 pounds since I stopped drinking cola and eating pizza, so there you go.

  • marc guillermo

    It's hard to please everyone now ever since the internet started. Now most recently it's even harder to do so. Some people have no logic no more. Look at jaws, they never show him clearly because they want audience to imagine it and even when they found the body of the dead girl.

    There are no more surprise for movies as much as before because people spoil themselves. If the movie was actually good, and it deserves a sequel the movie company listens to the internet. These people that they listen to are the ones who are never sastfied.

    As for Godzilla being fat, we had a revamp 1998 Godzilla which people hate and now they hate this? The only Godzilla that Japanese people like are the ones in a suit? Seriously? I think WB could have save some of there budgets to get someonein the suit.

    • RBBrittain

      Despite the CGI, he *still* looks like a guy in a suit -- a BIG guy (though maybe not actually fat)...

      • Marie

        No, no he does not, lolololol

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris138/ Chris138

    It's interesting the approach the filmmakers seem to have taken with this, since Godzilla is similarly 'teased' in the original Japanese version. If I remember correctly you don't actually see him until about halfway through. Hopefully I find the characters in this film more interesting than the ones in Ishiro Honda's picture, though.

  • Benjamin Del Rosario

    It's the JAWS rule, not the JURASSIC PARK rule. JAWS/ALIEN rule, you NEVER show the monster in full glory until the story reaches it's dramatic apex, unlike JURASSIC PARK (a movie which I love) that throws you monster after monster after monster. Same with the 1998 version of Godzilla, showed him too early.

  • G Clem

    Godzilla's not fat. He's big boned.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Torryz/ Torryz

    These pics and glot of trailers will still never get me to see this movie.

  • Marie

    For heavens sake, people must have something to gripe about. I think the monster looks great. He is huge, because he is omg a monster. The Japanese have room to complain, yeah lets go back to the rubber suits, just jealous is all. I cannot wait for this movie :D

  • Kat

    I dont see why the Japanese's are complaining I mean sure Us is the fattest country but really the only reason they're complaining is due to the fact it's a american made despite its Japanese origins. Besides the Japanese industry haven't put great films either except for animations they just have so many cliches and fetishes school girls anyone?