I know I’m a little late to the gate, but I’ve just seen Pacific Rim and had to give it a quick review.
See, I told you it would be short.
Okay… Maybe a little more meat on the bone is needed. Freakin’ Awesome!
So now that I’ve had my fun, I’ll try to tell you why I think it’s so awesome.
Guillermo del Toro’s dna is all over this movie. It’s in the incredible creature design, the characters who inhabit the world and his unrivaled attention to detail.
Best explanation for giant monsters rampaging about in forever. I won’t spoil anything, just having a non-nuclear / environmental reason is pleasantly refreshing.
Despite the scale of the monsters v. robots fight scenes, the characters maintain their humanity. I would best describe them as two-dimensional stereotypes with depth. I realize that sounds strange, but allow me to clarify. They are definitely undeveloped and predictable, but they are so well written, directed and acted it creates the impression that you are getting more than you actually are.
Visually, Pacific Rim is staggering. The VFX are used to great effect to emphasize the sheer enormity of what is going on. Because del Toro is such a brilliantly visual artist, there is a consistently unified feel and internal logic to the designs of the film.
I really can’t say enough good things about Pacific Rim. It was a wild ride, and one I’m going to take again!