The Netflix Sci-Fi Thriller Blockbuster Leaving Streaming Is An Epic Spectacle

By Charlene Badasie | Published

The 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be leaving Netflix on December 31. Directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty, it is the sequel to the 2014 film Godzilla and the third film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse, which also includes 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong, which was released in 2021.

The Russell Family

Set in a world shaken by the revelation of giant monsters known as Titans, Godzilla: King of the Monsters takes audiences on a thrilling ride. The story begins five years after the Titans’ existence becomes public knowledge and is told through the lens of the Russell family, whose lives become entangled in a web of scientific discovery and ecological catastrophe.Godzilla: King of the Monsters starts with Doctor Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga), a paleobiologist working for Monarch, witnessing the birth of Mothra and calming the creature using the “Orca” device. However, their joy is short-lived when a group of eco-terrorists, led by former British Army Colonel Alan Jonah, attacks Monarch.

Monster Zero

The eco-terrorists abduct Emma and her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), setting the stage for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Monarch approaches Doctor Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), Emma’s estranged husband and a former employee, for help. Despite his deep-seated hatred for Godzilla, whom he blames for the death of his son, Mark reluctantly agrees to help.

With Mark in tow, the Monarch team follows Godzilla to Antarctica, where a three-headed Titan, codenamed Monster Zero (later revealed to be King Ghidorah), is about to be unleashed. Emma, shockingly revealed to be collaborating with the terrorists, awakens Rodan in Mexico and frees King Ghidorah in Antarctica.

A Fight To Save The Human World

As chaos ensues, the eco-terrorist’s plan becomes apparent – awaken dormant Titans worldwide to restore balance to the Earth, regardless of the catastrophic consequences. Godzilla: King of the Monsters takes a darker turn when the U.S. military deploys the Oxygen Destroyer to eliminate Godzilla. Although seemingly successful, King Ghidorah regenerates and commands the other Titans. In a desperate bid to save the planet, Monarch scientists race to find a solution before everything is destroyed. Godzilla: King of the Monsters transcends monster battles, exploring themes of environmentalism, sacrifice, and the consequences of humanity’s actions on the natural world. The film also sets the stage for an exciting future in the MonsterVerse.

How Godzilla: King of the Monsters Performed

Godzilla: King of the Monsters received mixed critic reviews upon release. While some praised the film for its visual effects, action sequences, and faithful representation of classic kaiju, others criticized its story and character development. The film has a 42 percent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and an 83 percent audience score.Godzilla: King of the Monsters was deemed a box office success, earning $110.5 million in the United States and Canada, along with an additional $276.8 million in other territories, resulting in a global total of $387.3 million. Assessments regarding the film’s break-even point differ, with Rotten Tomatoes estimating that the movie would have had to generate between $550 and $600 million to cover its costs.

The MonsterVerse

Godzilla: King of the Monsters was part of Legendary Entertainment’s plan to establish a shared cinematic universe featuring iconic monsters. Michael Dougherty took over directing duties from Gareth Edwards, who helmed its 2014 predecessor, Godzilla. The film aimed to pay homage to the classic Toho kaiju films while introducing modern visual effects and storytelling.

The creatures in Godzilla: King of the Monsters were created by a team of designers and artists, including Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. co-founder Tom Woodruff Jr. and Legacy Effects co-founder Shane Mahan. The team used various media, including traditional clay sculpture, to create concept designs for the film’s three new monster characters – Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan.

The monsters were brought to life through digital artistry by the visual effects studios DNEG, Method Studios, and Rodeo FX. Godzilla: King of the Monsters also includes various references to classic Godzilla movies, while composer Bear McCreary incorporated the original Godzilla theme by Akira Ifukube into the film’s score.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Leaves Netflix After December 31

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a visually impressive film loved by fans of kaiju action. The MonsterVerse story continued with Godzilla vs. Kong in 2021, which brought the iconic creatures together for another epic showdown. This time, Kong is being studied by Monarch scientist Doctor Ilene Andrews and has developed a bond with a young girl named Jia.