director Guillermo del Toro
viewed: 07/27/2013 at AMC Metreon 16, SF, CA
Pacific Rim is a geekster’s paradise.
Giant robots versus giant monsters from another dimension. Why is this so cool? And Transformers (2007) so lame? I guess you’ve just got to realize that Guillermo del Toro knows what such a core audience wants to see and Michael Bay is…, well, Michael Bay.
Because this movie is big. Loud. Utterly reliant on digital animation effects. In those ways, it’s certainly like Bay’s Transformers films. In fact, the movie was so loud that Clara kept having to have me cover her ears. And Felix ended up with a migraine after it.
But they both thought it was totally cool. Felix wanted to see it again (maybe sitting back a little further next time). Clara, definitely with earplugs.
On the level of script and acting, to complain about the film would be as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. A lot at the core is hackneyed, cliched, and fairly awful. But that is not really what this film is about.
It’s about the awesome cool robots and monsters that del Toro has designed and unleashed on the world and on each other. And I think that I’m realizing that if why this movie is cool needs explanation, then the film is probably just not for you. And I don’t mean that in a condescending way. I mean it in a “fair enough” sort of way.
For some, this movie may well be awful. For the rest of us,…Whee!