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Son Of Godzilla (1967) Film Review

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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.

PLOT

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.


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SPECIAL EFFECTS 

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

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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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