Angus Saul

Gojira! Gorjira! – The Definitive Monster Movie Comes To The Tyneside Cinema

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Godzilla has had a lot of different faces over the years, and a lot of different enemies too, from King Kong and Mechagodzilla to Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno. There have been countless rip-offs of the franchise in the now heavily polluted “monster” genre, with Pacific Rim and Cloverfield doing their best to replicate the success of the ultimate monster movie.

Now it is Bryan Cranston’s turn to take on the mutated lizard in the latest instalment, set to hit cinemas on May 16, ten years after Godzilla: Final Wars.

The new monster has been redesigned, and now looks much like the original beast that in 1954 wreaked destruction upon Japan.

The original is a classic, and the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle is screening the original Godzilla (or Gojira if you want to be Japanese about it) on Sunday 11th May to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its release.

At the time of its release, Japan was still reeling and recovering from the devastation caused by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which led American distributors to alter it significantly. Now, uncut and uncensored, this is the way Godzilla was always meant to be seen.

Godzilla (1954) will be shown at the Tyneside Cinema on Sunday 11 May. 1pm. Tickets £7.50