Sunday, January 20, 2013

Son of Godzilla (1967)

The scientists on Sollgel Island are in for a big surprise when Godzilla returns to defend his offspring from a mutant race of giant insects in SON OF GODZILLA! SON OF GODZILLA forms the second part of Godzilla's island adventures that began in GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER, and suffers from many of the same weaknesses under Jun Fukuda's direction. It is bad enough that the goofy googly-eyed Godzilla costume found its way back onto the screen, but what is worse is the horrendous design that is used for Godzilla's son, Minilla. We see Toho begin catering towards its younger target audience by interjecting humor in to their films through Minilla, while also completing Godzilla's transition from the destroyer into the savior of Japan. Despite its many flaws, SON OF GODZILLA features an incredibly designed and articulated set of villains in the Kamacuras, or giant preying mantises, as well as in the spindly spider, Kumonga. Like King Ghidorah, the Kamacuras would require the perfectly choreographed puppetry of an entire team of artists in order to achieve the realistic movements of the creatures, which achieve a stunning overall effect. Godzilla's arrival on Sollgel Island is a nice touch, but few will cite this among the better sequels.

Monsters: Kamacuras, Kumonga, Godzilla, Minilla.

Rating: 6/10.

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7 comments:

  1. Not one of my personal favourites, if only because of the focus being on Minila, who is irritating at best and for some reason looks like grey lumpy mash. Still this film was also part of the attempts to humanise Godzilla, which is why he has more Asian looking eyes, though personally I would have been happier with more hijinks like the Highland Fling seen in "Invasion of the astro monsters".

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  2. I'm all out on the humanization of Godzilla, to me it brings the series closer to the childish Gamera series. I want my Godzilla pissed off and destructive, and not spending half of the film napping while his formless kid rolls around on the ground. This was the first Godzilla film I ever saw, and it turned me off to the series for decades lol..

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  3. I have to agree that I prefer Godzilla pissed of and destructive also, stomping out hoardes of people (most due to location are of Asian descent)who just lamely stand there and let him.

    Even worse but so bad it is funny, is "Godzilla vs The Smog Monster" where he is the "hero" that destroys the Smog Monster...and he flies backwards by breathing fire.

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  4. I even prefer Hedorah over this mess, crazy and ridiculous as it may have been lol..

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  5. I don't know. I like this one. The island setting, the gorgeous Kumi Mizuno and the spider and mantis's were a nice change of pace for me. I'm sure I'm in the minority as I don't mind the Minilla character. The movies were geared towards kids at this point so it's logical they would be treated as such. Still, I did get concerned for the "little guy" when he's nearly killed by Kumonga. And the "parental" sequences were interesting to say the least. However, I hated the characters jarring appearance in GODZILLA FINAL BORE (2004).

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  6. I do really like Kumonga, but weren't the mantises served leftovers from VS THE SEA MONSTER? I cant remember? I have rethought GODZILLA'S REVENGE since I first saw it last year, and I understand and appreciate it more now, but I just cant get into SON.

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  7. No, the mantis Kamakura and his "gang" weren't in SEA MONSTER, but I got Kumi Mizuno mixed up with Bibari Maeda. Mizuno is in SEA MONSTER and not SON OF.

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