UltramanGoji wrote:I often see this one cited among the more hardcore fans as one of the best and while it is good, I don't think it reaches that high for me.
To each his own, I guess; as a kid, I was part of the whole stupid "this movie sucks becuz Minya" camp, but rewatching it as an adult, it's become one of my very favorites and one I go back to more often than most. I think I'd rank this as one of my top five Showa films, in terms of both quality and favoritism; the only other film I can definitively say that about is Mothra vs. Godzilla.
UltramanGoji wrote:Rodan made some good points a few pages ago about the more humanistic aspects of this film (god, I miss his posts...) but I don't think the film ever fully embraces them, I saw it more as a passing almost expository reference more than anything. But the fact that those are at least acknowledged gives it far more credit than a few others in the franchise.
I think the characters for the most part are well done, especially Furukawa and Goro Maki, but they don't really hit the same marks as other casts, especially not Jun Fukuda's last Godzilla film.
The cast is one of the main reasons I love this film. I think Goro Maki might be my favorite protagonist of the entire Showa series. The ensemble cast is strong overall and I like how they play an active role in the plot, rather than being a side attraction as in many Godzilla films. Personally, I think the cast here is more enjoyable than Ebirah; Daiyo is kinda cool but I prefer Saeko, and Yoshimura is the only character in Ebirah who really interests me. By contrast, I enjoy Goro, Saeko, the Professor, Morio and Furukawa in Son of Godzilla.
UltramanGoji wrote:I really liked the puppetry effects for Kamacuras and Kumonga. It kind of gave them this unique motion that hadn't been seen before in a Godzilla film. Minilla is perfectly fine and suits his role well.
Yeah, the special effects work in this movie is honestly excellent. Some of the finest in the Showa era.
UltramanGoji wrote:Masaru Sato's score is great, light-hearted and whimsical and it fits the tone of this movie well. I love Kamacuras' theme.
One of my absolute favorites of the series for sure. I honestly think Sato is overlooked as a composer because he's overshadowed by Ifukube, but his scores are debatably more diverse.
UltramanGoji wrote:Overall, it's a solid B+ for me, not as fantastic as it's often praised by the bigger fans but nowhere near as bad as the more casual side likes to claim.
I think some of the bigger fans go out of their way to praise this movies because it's so unfairly hated by the casual and younger fans. Everyone loves Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah, etc., but this movie still needs to be defended from a large element of the fandom. Anyway, Son of Godzilla gets an A from me. Among the Showa films, I rank it fifth, following Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Terror of Mechagodzilla and Godzilla vs. Hedorah.