Son of Godzilla Review!
Hey everyone! I’m back! Alright look to be serious for a sec, I’m sorry for being gone for so long. Trust me when I say that it has nothing to do with a lack of passion with making these or anything, just with the end of the school year closing in, my brothers college graduation in the backwoods of Tennessee, just a whole bunch of stuff stopping me from doing these things that are largely out of my control. That being said enough real life shit, let’s talk Godzilla! With “Godzilla, King of the Monsters,” out now, I’ve been gripped with Godzilla fever! I’ve been binging through the whole heisei series, and decided to review one of the original showa movies. Really I just chose this one randomly. Is the debut film of Godzilla’s son Minya worth watching? Well let’s find out!
There are two main plots to this movie, Scientists trapped on an island full of monsters, and the misadventures of Godzilla and his son, Minya. These plots aren’t really an A and B plot, they’re both just, two plots running concurrently which both have the same level of importance. The film begins with a journalist on a plane, who air drops onto an island full of scientists doing some sort of weather experiment to see if they can change the weather on the island they’re on. After a bit of talking they decide to keep him on the team because he’s the only one who can actually cook.
A few discoveries of the island are made, mainly that A. there’s a lady on the island, and B. there’s giant mantises on the island, about the size of a human. After a bit more time, the scientists are ready to test out this little weather changing experiment. By now the island lady has joined the scientists. However, the experiment goes horribly wrong, causing a “nuclear storm” to occur, which turns the mantises into giant mantises, or as the film calls them, Gimantises! Suddenly they start smashing some giant rock revealing a giant egg under the rock.
After a bit of smashing, the egg cracks open revealing a gross baby lizard thing. They beat up on it and suddenly Godzilla shows up and starts wrecking shit up! He kills two of the Gimantises, and the last one flies off to escape. In the process this destroys the scientists base, so they follow the island lady to her cave, along with some random science equipment. Godzilla looks at his, or I guess, her son. Does that mean Godzilla is a, Goddesszilla? Look that jokes bad but I’ve had it in my head for quite a while.
Godzilla shows his son, named Minya, around the island and starts teaching him the ins and outs of being a Godzilla. Suddenly most of the scientists contract an illness, and the only way to heal them is with the, “warm red liquid” which Godzilla sleeps next to. The journalist and island lady make their way to the liquid, and on the way they pass by the den of the sleeping Spiga. They get the liquid and head back.
At the same time, we get some, genuinely nice scenes of Godzilla and Minya, like him teaching him to roar properly, and showing his son how to breath some atomic breath. Honestly aside from the occasional threat of physical violence, which in all fairness I think some kids deserve, Godzilla is actually a pretty good father.
The scientists in this film, for the most part, don’t really have personalities. But there are a few exceptions, which is nice I guess. There’s the guy with a gun whos a fucking lunatic, the journalist is annoying, the main professor is stoic and the island lady is an outsider. That being said the ones with real character is actually Godzilla and Minya. Godzilla is a foreboding figure, and a stern, but in the end, loving father. Minya is rather excitable, but useless and tends to get his ass kicked. Basically it’s the same dynamic between Gohan and his dad, Piccolo.
Ah, I miss the days of rubber suits fighting giant marionettes. Alright let me just get this out of the way, yeah these effects look fake as shit. Like I think that even a child would look at that and say, “Wait somethings not right.” With that being said however, I still love these effects. There’s just, so much love and hard work put into them! It’s clear that the people in charge didn’t half ass things. It’s like a bunch of kids at a play, it’s just hard to get mad at their faults because they’re really trying.
So after the journalist and island lady make heal the scientists, and after a bit of time they’re fully healed. They start using the machines in their cave place, which somehow have power, to continue their experiment and try to call for a ship to save them. Holy shit this is basically Gilligan’s Island but with kaiju!
Anyways, a bit later Minya fucks up and wakes up the spiga, and just then the last Gimantis appears and so the three of them, and godzilla, start a good old fashioned kaiju rumble! At first the spiga covers the Gimantis in webbing and uses some sort of poison stinger to kill him instantly. He then almost does the same thing to Minya, but godzilla comes in and saves the day.
Meanwhile, the cave the scientists are staying in starts crumbling due to all the rumbling going on. At the same time they manage to hear that a ship was sent out to find them after the storm and it’s approaching right now! However, in order to stop the kaiju from interrupting the rescue, they decide to try that weather changing experiment again. This time it’s a success! The island starts to freeze just as Godzilla and Minya use their combined atomic breath and kill the spiga.
Just then, it starts to snow, really hard. Godzilla, being fully grown is able to easily make his way through the high snow, but Minya can’t and he keeps tripping over all the snow. Godzilla, seeing that he can’t escape with his son, turns back to him and shares his warmth with the under developed Minya, holding him close to make sure that they both can survive a hibernation, and they both go on to live together on the island as father and son. The End!
Well, lemme tell ya, this film is, kind of a mess. That being said I still like it. No really, I like it! Alright more over, I like both halves of this film individually. That, I think, is the worst part of this film, the movie seems like it’s two movies that were just kinda, chopped up, then thrown together, which really takes away from both halves. I’d love to have a movie that’s Gilligan’s island with kaiju, I’d love to have a movie that’s the misadventures of Godzilla and Minya, but when stitched together, it’s just, ok. If you’re really into Godzilla, or just kaiju in general, then give it a watch. If you’re just a casual film goer though, I’d say give it a cautious look. But the absolute worst thing about the film, is how they focused just too hard on the monsters! When I watch a Godzilla film I expect there to only be 10 minutes of Kaiju! Seriously fuck those critics. See ya next time guys, bye!