PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
We know King of the Monsters will be filled with god-size titans, but what do they mean for the Godzilla franchise? We dive into the origins of Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and the MonsterVerse.
The classic themes for Godzilla and Mothra have been brought back, with new themes being composed for Ghidorah and Rodan. Keeping with a "Monster Opera" theme, each theme has different vocal characteristics. Godzilla has the Akira Ifukube theme accompanied by powerful kakegoe chanting provided by a taiko group from Tokyo Mothra's Song is performed by an ethereal female choir. Rodan's theme is brassy and loud, pushing the French horn section into piercing screams, emulating the monster's calls Ghidorah's theme is built around three-note phrases and groups while featuring chanting from Japanese Buddhist monks. In addition to the four kaiju themes, there is a general "Ancients" theme heard throughout the film, with an Ancient Babylonian poem about the days when humans worshipped monsters being chanted throughout.
Master Sergeant Hendricks:
Ey what's with the light show.
Dr. Vivienne Graham: It's an intimidation display. Like a gorilla pounding its chest.
Sam Coleman: Consider us - very - intimidated.
The monsters are stopped by transmitting the Alpha Call over the loudspeakers at Fenway Park in Boston. Allowing for the speed of sound, it should have been hours before many of them heard it, but they all stopped at once.
Godzilla, Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan are credited as themselves.
English, Japanese, Chinese
$47,776,293 (USA) (2 June 2019)
$96,850,153 (USA) (18 June 2019)