GODZILLA vs HEDORAH
Best way to describe this gem, "DIFFERENT"!!!
And when I say different, I mean that as a good thing here.
Alot of people tend to not understand this film and I'll admit there's times where even I don't understand some of the films intentions with certain scenes. There's definitely alot of mysterious symbolism throughout the film that throws a bunch of different/weird themes into one Godzilla film. World Pollution obviously, childrens' love for Godzilla, Psychadelic 60s/70s hippie era, science lessons, liquid television esque anime, and several shocking horror elements.
I've heard alot of rumors about this film, from it being a response to the bad pollution problems japan was facing at the time (to where civilians were required to wear gas masks) to the fact that Hedorah's eye's (according to Banno) came from a sexual reference that, if i went into detail about it, would result in my membership being terminated here haha. :naughty:
I think that all weirdness and opposite themes colliding really make this film stand out in the Godzilla franchise. The mood is sooo dark yet it has a silliness about it that lightens the mood where it needs to be.
The scene in the club where the guy starts hallucinating and seeing "fish heads" reminds me soo much of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." It wouldn't surprise me if Hunter S. Thompson was somewhat inspired by this film or the other way around with Banno being inspired by him. Hard to tell since both the book appeared in "Rolling Stone" Magazine and this film came out the same year. Is it a coincidence???
The human story is interesting for the most part but the kid really starts to get on your nerves throughout the film as he never stops talking haha. PAPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The monster side is even more interesting. The Angry Nintendo Nerd describes Hedorah perfectly. "Its almost as if Godzilla's battling a "giant turd""
The monster is defintely the messiest looking monster to fight the king of the monsters but thats not a bad thing. Hedorah is cool in the fact that he's the only monster, other than ghidorah, that godzilla's ray can't do harm, but in fact help mutate him over time. He has 3-4 different forms he could change into. He can massacre a horde of ppl by just flying over them with sulferic fumes
, he can shoot acid clumps, shoot red mercury lasers from his eyes, and take a sludge dump :puke: . damn that was just so wrong it was funny watching godzilla slosh around trying to get out of that mess :lmfao: (you #U&)*)(#*, just wait til i get out of here!!!!) Next to MechaGodzilla, this is probably one of the hardest and longest fights for Godzilla, or so it was portrayed.
One thing to point out is that Hedorah was played by the up and coming suit actor who would go on to play Godzilla in the Heisie series (can't remember his name, very sry about that). Seeing Nakajima and him go at it, knowing that, is interesting considering its really Godzilla Showa vs Godzilla Heisei.
The music is a very interesting case here. I wouldn't call it spectacular, but definitly an interesting theme music entrance for Godzilla imo.
I can go on longer but I'll end it here by saying this film, as different as it is, always delights me everytime I see it (minus godzilla flying though).