Friday, July 12, 2013

Quick thoughts on Pacific Rim

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably noticed me squirming with excitement to finally see this movie that I've been waiting for all year. Finally, Guillermo Del Toro's contribution to the Daikaiju and Real Robot genres has arrived!

This film is everything you would expect from a movie about Giant Robots fighting Giant Monsters, minus a few rubber suits perhaps. I really don't want to hype this movie up too much and raise everyone's expectations (because you know, EVERYONE reads this blog...)

When I first heard about this film, I was ecstatic. Why? I grew up watching Godzilla marathons on the Syfy Channel (then known simply as 'Sci-Fi') and every so often on TNT's MonsterVision. I was also a huge fan of Power Rangers, where nearly every episode ended with a Megazord vs. Giant "Monster of the Day" battle.

Whatcha gunna do, brother?

Not to mention that Guillermo Del Toro, writer and director of Pan's Labyrinth, was going to be the helmsman for this project. If you've seen Pan's Labyrinth, you'll understand the depth of the fantasy world Del Toro creates for his films. Bringing to life mystical creatures that only existed in our wildest dreams (or nightmares) before. To think that he would be creating all-new and completely original Kaiju for this movie made me squeal like a teenage girl at a boy band concert.

Like OMG! I've been waiting for this movie my whole life!!!

Pacific Rim has definitely lived up to my expectations. You can tell that it was carefully crafted by someone who truly has love and a passion for this niche genre. Guillermo Del Toro took the fantasies from our childhood where we would make our robot toys fight dinosaurs or other monsters and brought it to life on the big screen. That might be the only real complaint I had about my experience was that the screens are a little small at the theater by my house. My recommendation is to watch this on the biggest screen you can find. I was hoping for an IMAX showing but there weren't any in my area. A movie about giant robots and giant monsters should be seen on a giant screen, with deafening sound to feel like they're really fighting above you.

This is what they looked like to me!

Aside from that, the monster battles were action-riffic and they don't waste our time by focusing too much on the humans. That's not to say there isn't any character development. This is a story about trust, loss, and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds. The movie just doesn't waste any of our time though and jumps right into the action from the very beginning. Del Toro understands what we all came to see (giant monster battles!!!) and keeps the human chatter to a minimum. Charlie Hunnam (Green Street Hooligans, Sons of Anarchy) plays the main character who pilots the Jaeger from the poster. His co-pilot and co-star is the lovely Rinko Kikuchi who was also in one of the most bizarre movies in history, Funky Forest: The First Contact. Rinko has very beautiful eyes and speaks louder with her facial expressions than she does with her lines. I would recommend this movie to ANYONE, whether you're a fan of the Kaiju or not. What's not to like about 250 ft. tall robots punching 3000 ton monsters in the face until they die? Nothing, that's what.

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die...

This movie is also really blue. I don't mean that the characters are depressing but you see a lot of the color blue. Everything in this movie is blue! Watch it and you'll see what I mean. Don't miss out on the most awesome movie this summer! If you're going to see it, do stick around because there is a secret ending in this movie after the credits.