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.


Michael Dougherty


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Chandler ... Dr. Mark Russell
Vera Farmiga ... Dr. Emma Russell
Millie Bobby Brown ... Madison Russell
Ken Watanabe ... Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Ziyi Zhang ... Dr. Ilene Chen / Dr. Ling
Bradley Whitford ... Dr. Rick Stanton
Sally Hawkins ... Dr. Vivienne Graham
Charles Dance ... Alan Jonah
Thomas Middleditch ... Sam Coleman
Aisha Hinds ... Colonel Diane Foster
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Chief Warrant Officer Barnes
David Strathairn ... Admiral William Stenz
Anthony Ramos ... Staff Sergeant Martinez
Elizabeth Faith Ludlow ... First Lieutenant Griffin (as Elizabeth Ludlow)
Jonathan Howard ... Asher Jonah


The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face 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. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Mothra's design in the Monsterverse is reminiscent of the Male MUTO: she has a pair of curved front legs, digitigrade hind legs, a set of smaller arms on her chest and a pair of elongated membranous wings. This may be more than just coincidence: it's likely that Mothra's species is actually related to the MUTO, being in the same family just like how wasps and bees are, sharing common traits but being distinct in terms of behavior. Notably, both the MUTO species and, apparently, Mothra's species are symbiotic with Godzilla's, just different kinds of symbiosis (the MUTOs are parasitic and Mothra appears to be mutualistic, eg. what is colloquially referred to as symbiotic), and it is not unknown for evolution to cause jumps from one kind of symbiosis to another, or have speciation happen through specialising in different kinds of symbiosis. Alternatively, Mothra and the MUTO might not be related at all, but the MUTO evolved a similar appearance as a form of deceptive mimicry. This is similar to the real life fish called the saber-toothed blenny, that mimics the appearance of the beneficial cleaner wrasse, luring in unsuspecting fish for a grooming, only to attack them when they come close. It's possible that the male MUTO evolved a similar appearance to Mothra's species, to lure unsuspecting, inexperienced members of Godzilla's species over to their nest where the larger and stronger female would be lying in wait. See more »


When Madison exits the fallout shelter to head to Fenway she passes a sign that says "Greater Massachusetts Fallout Shelter." There is no geographical area designated as "Greater Massachusetts" and this was probably intended to be "Greater Boston Fallout Shelter." See more »


[first lines]
Mark Russell: [SAN FRANCISCO 2014; calling out for his son] An-drew! An-drew! An-drew! An-drewww!
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Wave of Mutilation
Written by Frank Black (as Black Francis)
Performed by Pixies
Courtesy of 4AD Records
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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User Reviews

Good but bad, but good
3 June 2019 | by manssonjoelSee all my reviews

The movie is about godzilla right? I dont want to follow a little girl and her mom 70% of the movie. I just dont care about them or if they will survive or die because its about the giant monster. The fights and scenes with zilla was great. I would like to see more lore and background about the titans.

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,776,293, 2 June 2019

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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