Showa Era Godzilla movies (1954 - 1975): Eighth film: Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko / Son of Godzilla (1967) - Children's birthday party - 7/10
Filmed in Guam and directed by Fukuda Jun, Son of Godzilla is another family-friendly adventure film in the franchise that will appeal to younger audiences but disappoint most fans of old date. The story revolves around a group of scientists who are trying to develop a sophisticated weather-controling system on a remote island. The isolation and lack of success puts a lot of pressure on the team and things don't get better when a nosey reporter parachutes himself onto the island to write a story about them. After a failed experiment, animals on the island grow to enormous sizes. Furthermore, an egg is discovered after a storm. It hatches and reveals Godzilla's son. His father soon comes to protect his infant from the gigantic animals. The scientists, the reporter and a mysterious woman living in a cave get caught in between the fights.
On the positive side, this is a good movie to introduce young children to the Godzilla franchise. The locations in Guam look exotic. The numerous gigantic animals look stunning. The premise of weather-controling systems adds a scientific note to the film. The fights between the numerous monsters are entertaining.
However, the story itself is quite shallow and lacks depth. The characters are mostly uninteresting and seem to be inspired by second-rate adventure films. The main issue is however Godzilla's son called Minilla whose features are supposed to look cute but turn out to be ugly. The monster's behaviour is similar to that of an human child. It crawls around, cries a lot and fails to develop any impressive skills yet. Godzilla tries to act like an instructing father which further antropomorphizes the once-feared king of monsters. The birth of Minilla is never truly explained either and one has to wonder whether it's really Godzilla's son or perhaps an adopted monster of unknown origin.
Son of Godzilla has a few creative ideas, is a logical continuation of the preceding movies and certainly very entertaining for younger audiences. However, a childish baby monster and the king of monsters acting like a father figure are certainly not what Honda Ishiro imagined when he directed the franchise's first movie thirteen years earlier. Son of Godzilla is an acquired taste but ultimately good for what it is.« Showa Era Godzilla movies (1954 - 1975): Seventh film: Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto / Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) - Progressive adventure film - 8/10Showa Era Godzilla movies (1954 - 1975): Ninth film: Kaijû sôshingeki / Destroy All Monsters (1968) - Monster mayhem around the world - 8/10 »