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Gamera – The Giant Monster (1965) Film Review

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Gamera The Giant Monster

 

OVERVIEW

Gamera was released in 1965 by that time there had been many giant monster movies in the Japan and Gamera was the next one in the line, unlike Godzilla Gamera touches on the industrial and scientific  progression in Japan as well as the notable dynamics of the family, young and old. It is important to say that this released 9 Years after Godzilla.

GAMERA

The monster is “neutral” in its intent it wants food a gain nourishment through fuel in the literal sense it consumes (could this be a metaphor for the future) in large quantities. Gamera’s primary intentions are not to harm but to survive and find food the first points of exposition around the monster are explained by two key characters a zoologist and his scientific friend.

The second form of exposition is through young child who Gamera saves (this would become a staple of the series as the movies progressed) who sees Gamera as not only friend but as victim of misunderstanding through everyone else – his intentions are misunderstood by everyone the military, the zoologist and the scientists and it is reflected in their actions towards him. The child acts as a voice of reason.

It touches on the importance of families and young people in general as the future generation as well as (stated above) the technological advances in humanity (fuel consumption, rockets, military advancements) however I don’t think the movies is trying glamourise this embellishments in anyway.

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Gamera Still 

For 1965 the moves special effects are very well made, constructed and photographed – I viewed this movie in HD (1080i 60fps) Upscaled to full HD and they a notably good in the battle scenes and Gamera is going through the city the attention to detail through the production team is notable, not only did they create an original monster but created a realistic world around him. 

CONCLUSION

Gamera – The Giant Monster I feel is a lost gem among the Japanese monster movies of this decade it is a well shot and well executed movies with an interesting plot and a endearing character that would process through the series.

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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