(1967) dir. Jun Fukuda
As another installment of my exposing my kids to the world of cinema (outside of the latest animated fare to hit the big screens) was my first dip into the world of Godzilla, a childhood favorite of mine, but something of moderate obscurity to today’s youth. My children will be indeed rounded, though how well-rounded, time will only tell.
I’d actually selected this off of Netflix thinking it was actually another film, the one better known as Godzilla’s Revenge (1969), apparently, though it was also aired in the U.S. at times as Minya: The Son of Godzilla, which should explain my confusion with this. Not that I thought this was particularly the best of the Godzilla films, but with it’s “baby Godzilla” thing, it seemed like a good starting point, especially since the kids don’t follow the regular actors’ part of the narrative all that well anyways. Despite the fact that this was not exactly the best of Godzilla flicks, it worked pretty well. And it had this whole nice father-son thing to it too, so it worked on the parenting/bonding front as well. I hope you know I mean that with some tongue in cheek.
I still appreciate Godzilla. I do. But it was quite a shock as a teen to return to the films that I had loved so much as a kid to realize how boring and hokey they were. Nowadays, I can appreciate the campy hokey-ness of the science fiction, perhaps even appreciate it more in some ways for it, but I have to say that I am no dyed-in-the-wool types of fans who just eat this stuff up.
In this case, we have no major foe, only a giant spider and some giant praying mantises to fight with, and in this one, which I don’t know if I’d seen before, the “son of godzilla” himself doesn’t speak, which is probably a good thing. My kids were a bit worried about the spider vs. the Godzillas, though I think I knew that things would work out in the end.
The kids were pretty into it, though. Enough so, that we watched the second part of our Godzilla double feature, which was pretty doggone cool from my perspective. Next up: Ray Harryhausen!