A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes center on having respect for the natural world. Commentary on humankind's destructive nature.
Positive Role Models
Friends and family members protect each other, as well as strangers. People make sacrifices for the greater good.
Given where Godzilla hails from, Japanese characters are decidedly prominent here. There are female characters in positions of authority and power.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence is on par with what you'd see in a typical superhero movie: wide-scale, building-crushing destruction as well as tense but smaller-scale scenes where main characters find themselves in harrowing situations with various monsters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing and implied sex but nothing graphic.
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Expletives are on the milder side, ranging from "hell" to "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters take a swig of booze to steel themselves before a scary event. A couple visit a bar and drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is a series centered on the world of Godzilla and his various mutated contemporaries. Violence is on par with that of many superhero and other monster movies: There are huge battles, with characters frequently finding themselves in peril (in one scene, this includes a bus full of schoolchildren who fall to their deaths). There's also some social drinking, mild profanity including "hell" and "s--t," and a few kisses.
Is It Any Good?
Though the show doesn't have the budget for wall-to-wall battles, it's full of likable characters and nicely executed special effects. Even if you haven't seen previous installments like Godzilla vs. Kong or Kong: Skull Island, there's still plenty to dig about Monarch: Legacy of Monsters -- not the least of which is the nostalgia-tickling casting of Kurt Russell as Lee Shaw, a former military man and close friend of Cate's grandparents. Shaw helps Cate fill in the backstory of her family in the modern day, while Russell's real-life son Wyatt Russell plays 1950s-era Shaw in the flashback scenes -- a bit of stunt casting that really, really works. The monster scenes are appropriately creepy, gross, and thrilling yet not too intense for most kids; the violence is on par with that of a typical Marvel movie. Overall, this is an enjoyable series that should prove compelling for Godzilla fans and newbies alike.
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