Story

Godzilla: King of the Monsters follows on from the events of Godzilla (2014). It begins with Monarch scientist Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) inventing a device that can control and subdue giant monster-like creatures known as Titans. When a new Titan, Mothra, is awakened, ecoterrorist Jonah Allan (Charles Dance) attacks the Monarch base and kidnaps Emma and her teenage daughter, Madison (Millie Bobby Brown).

Using the Titans’ radiation, Jonah wants to bring balance back to the earth and fix the damage caused by human pollution and overpopulation. Monarch scientists (Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Ziyi Zhang, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds) and Madison’s father, Mark (Kyle Chandler), team up to try to stop Jonah and reunite the family of three.

As Jonah and Emma use her Orca device to awaken the remaining Titans, they accidentally awaken another kind of Titan, King Gidorah, a giant three-headed Hydra. When King Gidorah begins controlling the other Titans and causing mass destruction, it is up to Godzilla to protect the earth once again.

Themes

Death of a child; family breakdown; alcohol dependence; monsters; death; love; redemption

Violence

Godzilla: King of the Monsters has some violence. For example:

  • Giant monsters called Titans attack each other and people.
  • A man is shot in the head at point blank range.
  • There is close-up footage of wolves eating an animal corpse. This is bloody.
  • There is the sound of shooting and there are dead bodies on the ground.
  • Falling objects crush people.
  • The Titan Hydra attacks people and kills them with its lightning breath.
  • A Titan eats a woman.

Sexual references

Nothing of concern

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Godzilla: King of the Monsters has some references to alcoholism.

Nudity and sexual activity

Nothing of concern

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in Godzilla: King of the Monsters:

  • Apple AirPods
  • Apple MacBook
  • Google Home
  • Nikon cameras
  • Microsoft Surface Pro tablet
  • Dell laptops and desktop computers
  • iPads
  • Microsoft Surface Studio desktop computer
  • AOC computers
  • Bank of America
  • CVS Health
  • New Balance
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Ford
  • Fanatics
  • Budweiser
  • Cisco Systems.

Coarse language

Godzilla: King of the Monsters has some coarse language.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a sequel to Godzilla (2014). Its story starts at the end of the events of the previous movie. Although the central characters from the original movie don’t return, Godzilla: King of the Monsters continues the tense, action-packed plot that made the first movie enjoyable.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is arguably more violent and thematically dark than the first movie and includes two suicide missions by good characters. As such, this movie is most suitable for children over 13 years, but we recommend parental guidance up to 15 years, because of the movie’s violence, coarse language, and scary science fiction themes.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:

  • working together
  • not judging people or things by appearances.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues like the consequences of making rude gestures towards strangers or in dangerous situations. This action might lead to you getting hurt.