TALKBACK: The Mysterians

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Re: TALKBACK: The Mysterians

Postby Silver Kamen » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:52 pm

Gman2887 wrote:I agree with this to an extent, but it's a much bigger problem with other 50s movies in the genre. Rodan barely had characters. They were more like cardboard stand-ins. Varan started with some fairly interesting characters, but gave them nothing to do by the last act. And I don't even know where to start with the cast from Battle in Outer Space. Couldn't tell you who the lead character really is.

For all the minimalism with the characters I give the movie props for at least giving them an arc with a beginning, middle and end. It's thin, but it still works and I feel a connection to them.

Then again I view The Mysterians as one of the absolute best movies in Toho's sci-fi catalog. I've stayed away from this thread only because I can't accurately put into words how highly I revere this film. And out of the 50s I think The Mysterians was the most influential on the 1960s flicks for its colorfulness, inventive weapons, infatuation with aliens/outer space, world unity, minor insanity and multicultural characters. Among other things.

I like the film alot, and perhaps that's why I expect it to do better then Rodan, Varan and Battle in Outer Space. Those are all fun movies, sure, but The Mysterians is a far better movie, and should not be compared to the others.

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Re: TALKBACK: The Mysterians

Postby tbeasley » Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:49 pm

I quite like this one. It's really the ultimate 50s era Toho genre movie alongside the original Godzilla. I'd love for it to receive the Criterion treatment someday. It makes great use of color and effects, the villains are suitably sinister (even tragic) and Honda's optimistic viewpoint of humanity really shines through. I certainly prefer it over Battle in Outer Space (haven't seen Gorath yet :( ).
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Re: TALKBACK: The Mysterians

Postby lhb412 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:56 pm

Neat new article on about The Mysterians, making the case for how influential it is for the genre: ... fi-classic
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