Following the success of 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, Legendary Pictures quickly began work on a franchise set within the same universe. With the surprise inclusion of Kong: Skull Island and a post-credits scene that promised huge things to come, the excitement for Godzilla: King of the Monsters was huge even before the first details of the plot began to emerge.
With only a few months to go until the monster movie hits cinema screens and with a number of trailers having already been released, the hype for horror director/writer Michael Dougherty’s (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus) ultimate creature-feature has reached fever-pitch.
Set a few years after the events of the first Godzilla film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters sees the shady kaiju-colossus-hunting government agency Monarch go up against a series of new giant creatures that begin to terrorise the world. The list of enemies will be well familiar to fans of the classic Godzilla films, including the likes of Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah.
On the other less-CGI hand, the film’s human cast include Vera Farmiga, who plays Dr Emma Russel, a scientist who has figured out a way to communicate and possibly even control the giant Kaiju monsters. When she and her daughter Madison (Stranger Things‘s Millie Bobby Brown) are kidnapped by ‘a mysterious organisation with their own plans for the creatures,’ a rescue mission is mounted to bring them home. The cast also boasts the likes of Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe and Ziyi Zhang.
The story details are still very thin on the ground. We don’t know if this mysterious organisation that kidnap Emma and Madison are Monarch or another group, but we do know that the film will be exploring the history of these creatures. The trailers and the film’s viral marketing have teased ancient temples where the monsters were once worshipped and how they may have helped to shape our own cultures.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the first time that many of these new Kaiju will be seen within the Legendary universe. The designs that have been revealed for the modern reinterpretations are absolutely stunning. Mothra looks beautiful and elegant and is the closest to a real-life moth that we’ve ever seen her. Rodan is stunning, covered in burning magma, his flight tearing cities apart in his wake. King Ghidorah, Godzilla’s greatest foe, is gigantic and terrifying.
We all know that the giant monster fights are the big reason why people tune into a Godzilla are the monster fights; and this film promises some of the biggest to ever appear on screen with Godzilla and Mothra fighting side by side once again to combat Ghidorah and Rodan, and possibly more. It is currently scheduled for release in the UK on 31 May 2019.