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Godzilla: King of the Monsters [2019] (2 discs)

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Director:Michael Dougherty
Writer:Michael Dougherty
Zach Shields
Composer:Bear McCreary
Length:132 minutes
(2 hours 12 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:41%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.


Reaction: It's a giant monster movie. It's an excellent giant monster movie. It knows what it is and aspires to little else. All it needs is thrilling fights, a few cool shots, and a little social commentary for flavor. Check, check, and flavorful check.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Michael Dougherty => Director / Writer / Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
Zach Shields => Writer
Bear McCreary => Composer
Aisha Hinds => Colonel Diane Foster
Al Vicente => Isla De Mara Fisherman
Anthony Ramos => Staff Sergeant Martinez
Bradley Whitford => Dr. Rick Stanton
CCH Pounder => Senator Williams
Charles Dance => Alan Jonah
Clare Grant => Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
David Strathairn => Admiral William Stenz
Eli Roth => Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
Elizabeth Faith Ludlow => First Lieutenant Griffin (as Elizabeth Ludlow)
Godzilla => Godzilla
Joe Morton => Dr. Houston Brooks
Jonathan Howard => Asher Jonah
Ken Watanabe => Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
King Ghidorah => King Ghidorah
Kyle Chandler => Dr. Mark Russell
Lexi Rabe => Young Madison (as Alexandra Rabe)
Millie Bobby Brown => Madison Russell
Mothra => Mothra
O'Shea Jackson Jr. => Chief Warrant Officer Barnes
Rodan => Rodan
Sally Hawkins => Dr. Vivienne Graham
Sasha Rionda => Reporter (uncredited)
Seth Green => Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
Thomas Middleditch => Sam Coleman
Vera Farmiga => Dr. Emma Russell
Ziyi Zhang => Dr. Ilene Chen / Dr. Ling

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Joe Morton plays an older Houston Brooks, the Monarch team member seen in Kong: Skull Island (2017).
  • Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), Sally Hawkins (Dr. Vivienne Graham) and David Strathairn (Admiral William Stenz) are the only cast members from Godzilla (2014) to return for this film, and out of the three only two die, Serizawa and Graham
  • The names given to Ghidorah's heads during production, Ichi, Ni, and San, are the Japanese words for "one", "two", and "three". San's nickname, "Kevin", likely refers to how San is easily distracted.
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, who are the two main cast members of Godzilla (2014), couldn't return for this film due to scheduling conflicts with other films.
  • Millie Bobby Brown's film debut.
  • The previsualization team for Godzilla: King of the Monsters based Madison Russell's face on Millie Bobby Brown's before she was cast. According to director Michael Dougherty, "We got so used to seeing her face that we just kind of said, 'Well... why don't we make her the offer?'"
  • Before the premiere of this film, Director Michael Dougherty has confirmed that there will be a third sequel coming after Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
  • Mothra arrives later to the Final Battle despite being last seen around Godzilla's location and being capable of flight. The credits reveal at some point she laid an egg before joining the final battle. This was confirmed by Doughty on twitter to be the case.
  • Kyle Chandler said Godzilla is his favorite kaju, while both Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown favorite is Mothra, Charles Dance stated in an IGN video that his favourite is Mothra when responding to Godzilla-related comments, "Look at Mothra spread her big wings. Female beauty at its peak."
  • Michael Dougherty later revealed that the name "Godzilla" is not the primary name of the monster, but a nickname, with the scientific name used within the film's universe being "Gojira". The resulting scientific dubbing of Titanus Gojira comes from the Latin term "Titanus", meaning "Titan", and "Gojira", meaning "Godzilla" in Japanese.
  • Mothra's screech in the film is a modified version of her original sound from the Toho series.
  • This marks the first time that [?] Blue Öyster Cult's 1977 single, "Godzilla", is used in a Godzilla film.
  • During a slideshow montage of all the numerous Titans that Monarch knows about, the scientific name shown for Kong is Megaprimatus Kong, which was his scientific name in supplementary material of King Kong (2005).
  • In an interview with Michael Dougherty, he revealed that even though he thinks the crew did a great job revamping Godzilla's roar, he pushed them further to bring it even closer to the original 1954 Godzilla's roar.
  • Mothra's eye-spots on her wings were designed to resemble Godzilla's eyes in order to create a connection between the two monsters.
  • In the novelization it's stated that Kong did hear Ghidorah's call but chose to ignore it as he's unconcerned with what goes on outside Skull Island, although stopping skullcrawlers who tried to leave the island.
  • Mothra was designed to resemble real moths and given longer legs in order to defend herself against other monsters, a quality real moths can do.