Movie spotlight: "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack”

  • by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 22, 2013 - 2:59 PM

Summer is the season for special-effects smashathons that leave world capitals in ruins, but nobody reduces real-estate values like Godzilla. He’s back in all his rubber-suited glory in “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” (⋆⋆⋆), a loopy 2001 Toho production that raises monster mayhem to new depths. The movie exists in a separate timeline from other Godzilla films, rebooting the story to a Japan that survived 1954’s original attack, and fears the monster is spoiling for another fight. Scaly-skin isn’t the semi-sympathetic creature of other offerings; here he’s big-fanged, snarling evil incarnate. The film pits Old Uranium Breath against Baragon (a big red rhino thing), hydra-headed Ghidorah, and the terror of woolen mills everywhere, Mothra. The film handles the planet-pulverizing battles with straight-faced solemnity, even when a helicopter news crew provides a running commentary worthy of the WWE. You can’t get dialogue like “Godzilla’s kicked the big red monster in the gravel pits!” every day. (7 and 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., $8, take-up.org)

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