Son of Godzilla was released in 1967 by this time the Godzilla franchise has slowly changed the monster in question from a driving force of destruction to slowly becoming a “hero” of sorts in the latter movies this started with Ghidorah – The Three Headed Monster onwards till Terror of Mechagodzilla.
The plot itself is rather progressive in many senses although this movie was made and produced to be my child friendly which in many ways it is. The investigation team who are finding ways to modulate and change the earth’s atmosphere to benefit and cure the world’s lack of food and progressive over population was a very refreshing if not unseen backdrop for the movie itself.
Godzilla is now a Father in this movie and he hears the call of a lone egg on the island that the investigation team are on this leads to some interesting and funny encounters with “baby godzilla” whom the big guy takes under this wing these scenes are surprisingly sweet and endearing as deals with the trials and tribulations of parenthood almost shown through the eyes of “baby godzilla” himself with a childlike innocent quality which does reflect the target audience.
This movies flows very well with enough plot and exposition between the morality tale of the investigation team, the bounding of Godzilla two his son and the relationship between the reporter and the mysterious girl on the island.
For 1967 the movies special effects are very impressive with a mixture of miniature, matte optical and marionette effects the Kamacuras and the Kumonga are not only worthy and interesting foes but also an impressive use of live-action puppetry. The movie was viewed on a HD TV (the standard 2004 edition upscaled to 1080p) this was an very impressive experience with clear and balanced colours and clear audio.
This is a very fun and enjoyable little movie from the Toho team it has the right mixtures of multiple plots, interesting ideas, impressive effects the introduction of three new monsters (including “baby godzilla”) and taking the big guy himself progressively in new directions – highly recommended.