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Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)- Movie Review

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OVERVIEW

Godzilla vs. Hedorah was released in 1971 this movie is one off in the whole franchise in many ways it has an intelligent sub-text about Japanese society, environmental worries, class systems and the evolution of the youth culture this in many ways is a deep film with the backdrop of the kaiju genre.

PLOT

The plot has one of the elements of Son of Godzilla (1967) which was focusing on the human-beings destruction of their environment this is shown through the massive human pollution metaphor of the Hedorah monster itself it makes people ill, it makes people sick and can kill people this is shown tenfold in some rather gruesome ways as Hedorah’s  sludge and gas envelopes the people it touches.

There is also a look at the youth culture in this movie which gives it a more adult tone and break away from the “kid-friendliness” of the Godzilla movies of the late sixties, no science-fiction battles or foes from other planets – Hedorah was created by society in a sense I feel the director was having a dig at the youth culture’s disregard for drinking and smoking as seen in the night-club segments as well as three middle class men drinking while Hedorah and Godzilla wage forth a battle the ignorance to Hedorah’s presence was shown by these two “societies” and “classes” this truly is a deep film.

Godzilla’s hero status is made more plausible and “real” in this movie with moody lighting, dark night scenes, ominous noises and impressive miniature, suitmation and optical effects (with no stock footage) gives this and pardon the irony a fresh feel.

Overall this is an “environmental” movie with the backdrop of a “Godzilla” franchise it is about family, friends, parenthood, class-systems, human beings wrecking the environment and big guy himself being a hero with more substance and belief.

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SPECIAL EFFECTS 

For 1971 it has quirky hand-drawn animation, clever optical effects, impressive lighting and miniatures, moody lightening and tremendous multi-layed foe that is Hedorah this was a stellar effort by Toho and it shows. The movie was viewed on a HD TV (1080p 24 fps Kraken Blu-ray Releases) this was an very impressive experience with clear and balanced colours and crisp and clear audio.

CONCLUSION

This is a dark movie with gritty drama, melodrama (with the boy his dreams and his family), political, reflective and ambitious this was certainly a right move by Toho to take the franchise in a very different and in my opinion more mature direction  – 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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