We are a bit late in the game with a podcast episode and posting on our take of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but we still wanted to take a look and give our audience our view and thoughts on this movie. We’ll dive into the Godzilla: King of the Monsters‘ post credit scene, the initial Godzilla: King of the Monsters box office standing, Godzilla: King of the Monsters titan list (it seemed like there were so many!), our Godzilla: King of the Monsters rating and review, and more! (Warning for Spoilers!)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Movie Cast and Brief Synopsis
Synopsis: Following the events of 2014’s film of Godzilla, approximately five years have passed. Monarch, the organization responsible for studying the Titans, are under pressure to start killing and destroying these Titans. That is until a scientist by the name of Dr. Emma Russell has created a machine that can help control the Titans, dubbed as the Orca. However, her actions are somewhat devious as her purpose for releasing them is to bring somewhat of a fall to man and bring balance back to Earth (with the idea of humans being a “virus” to the Earth). Her husband is roped into chasing her down to help prevent the awakening of the Titans. Along the way, the other worldly Titan King Ghidorah is awakened, but this does not bode well for the humans and Godzilla is forced to step in to help stop this powerful creature.
- Kyle Chandler as Dr. Mark Russell
- Chandler plays a scientist who previously worked for the Monsterverse organization Monarch. He has become an animal communication / behavior specialist. Unfortunately, he gets roped into the film’s conflict due to his ex-wife being involved in awakening the Titans.
- Vera Farmiga as Dr. Emma Russell
- The audience eventually finds out that Farmiga’s character actually kind of turns out to be the main antagonist of the film. She’s the one that wants to awaken the Titans that are either unhatched or in some type of stasis. To do this she needed to team up with Charles Dance’s character (at the beginning it looks like Dance kidnaps Farmiga). Of course in the end, she regrets her actions, but much damage had already been done.
- Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell
- Brown who had previously starred in the popular series Stranger Things, plays the daughter of Chandler and Farmiga’s characters. Her character seems like she is torn between which parent to follow, but is ultimately forced to follow her mother most of the film.
- Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
- We here at Force Fed Sci-Fi are a fan of Ken Watanabe and go as far as to bring him up to legendary status, at least in our minds. In any case, Watanabe is one of the few characters that appeared in the 2014 Godzilla movie and his role is reprised in this sequel. We do enjoy his character in both films. Perhaps it’s just that he plays a wise and caring character towards the Titans, but I know I had an issue with how much radiation he was exposed to as he sacrificed himself to help heal Godzilla (he should’ve died early on in that scene as he would not have survived that long).
- Charles Dance as Alan Jonah
- Should Dance have been made the main villain? We think so. We think Farmiga’s character could have just been that classic scientist that became kidnapped and was forced to release the Titans under the force of Dance’s character. However, that’s not what we got, apparently it was all Emma Russell’s plot. In any case, Dance did a great job and had some of the best lines and delivered them well.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Box Office Performance
After being out a little over a month, Godzilla: King of the Monsters box office performance has earned $380 million over a budget of $170 to $200 million. So, the film has made up its budget and has not surpassed that much. We wouldn’t call this a success at the box office, but at least it seems like it’s going to make a bit of money over what it spent.
Even though this film wasn’t a huge success, we are going to still see the Monsterverse film Godzilla vs Kong. In the credits, we see newspaper clippings saying that some of the Titans are converging on Skull Island, the home of King Kong. We know the film is happening and is actually set for a March 2020 release as of right now.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Post Credit Scene
Like many other films these days, a Godzilla: King of the Monsters post-credit scene is included and sets up possible future films in the series. Following Godzilla’s defeat of King Ghidorah, the character Alan Jonah and his team travel to Mexico and discover a group of fishermen have recovered one of the severed heads of the giant three headed dragon and simply says, “We’ll take it.”
What they’ll be using it for isn’t clear at the moment as Charles Dance (who plays Alan Jonah) is not confirmed as a cast member for next year’s Godzilla vs Kong, but this could be setting up a sequel for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Jonah could want the head due to the radiation the Titans emit in order to create some sort of nature preserve or could collect it to create a bomb? Or maybe he’s just a weird collector of severed Titan Heads? Maybe he’ll create a Mecha-Ghidorah?
Regardless of what will happen, it seems like Alan Jonah will be retruning to the franchise at some point down the road.
Here’s the post-credit scene (not great quality for both the image and sound):
Force Fed Sci-Fi’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters Rating & Review
Unfortunately, we come down to a rating of “Would Not Watch” for our Godzilla: King of the Monsters rating and final review decision on our rating scale. While we enjoy the production and effects of the film, we think it suffered from almost too many Titan fights. All of us got tired of seeing a CGI fight festival with so much destruction and collateral damage around those fights. I know I almost wish it resembled the first film a bit more where there was an actual story about a human character and Godzilla was just kind of a side-story. This was different though as the audience is forced to concentrate on the plethora of Titans that are being presented and included in the film.
So what did you think of the movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters? Do you think you’d ever watch it again on TV or buy it when it comes out for a home-release? Let us know your thoughts below and don’t forget to listen to the whole podcast episode on your favorite podcast distributor!