Godzilla: King of the Monsters

MPAA Rating:
131 mins
Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
Michael Dougherty
Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull

Content at a Glance


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expect the full gamut of colorful language during the numerous tense scenes in this film: sh-t, g—-mn, f–k, h-ll, b–ch, -ss, jesus, omg, christ, and so on.


monsters killing monsters, monsters killing humans, humans killing humans, humans killing monsters, and a brief scene of wolves devouring a deer.


rick congratulates himself on his survival by taking a swig from a flask.


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ancient mythology is discussed (it turns out to be actual history rather than myth). the monsters’ genitalia are briefly mentioned. a few scenes of a devilish, flaming monster wreaking havoc with a cross in the foreground (whatever that is supposed to mean).



The Dove Take:

Though the plot and characters feel canned, this film is everything Godzilla was meant to be: loud, violent, and thrilling.

Movie Message

The 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.

The Review:

Taking the unexpected form of an environmental action flick, Godzilla: King of the Monsters throws everything but the kitchen sink at the screen, wildly entertaining some while giving others headaches. The film’s plot is simple: humans have a history of messing up the earth. The Titans exist to restore balance to the earth. Why not set them free and solve the problem once and for all? That is exactly what Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) does with the help of a violent crew led by Jonah Alan (Charles Dance) who has no regard for human life whatsoever. On the other hand, Monarch (the secret agency) seems to value all living things, including the monsters locked away in remote corners of the globe. As Godzilla enters the scene, things really get intense. Not only do monolithic beasts clash, so do differing opinions on morality and the value of life.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is aesthetically impressive but is hindered with a lackluster plot and dialogue that play second fiddle to thrilling battle scenes. That said, diehard Godzilla fans will love this movie. It is loud, violent, dryly humorous, and chock-full of monsters. As cities are ripped apart and monsters’ heads are ripped off, Godzilla proves once again that he is indeed the King of Monsters.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is not Dove Approved due to high amounts of violence and language.

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