Watching Pacific Rim is similar to experiencing the movie "Titanic" for the first time. As a teenager, the romance was sappy, the visuals of the enormous ship, and the luxurious class were exciting. But while Titanic was ultimately about a love story, Pacific Rim is the the Titanic being torn in half over and over. Case in point: Gipsy Danger picks up ship like a baseball bat and pummels the living crap out of a Kaiju. The sheer awesomeness of that scene is worth seeing.
Pacific Rim imbodies what it means to be a blockbuster summer film, cheesy dialogue, large explosions, ramped up action enough to fizzle your brain out for a little while. The basic premise is silly, yet convicting at the same time. In response to multiple Kaiju attacks, which mirror climate change, oil spills, and monstrous storms of mother nature, humanity rises to the challenge by created Jaeger robots to combat the hulking foes. Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) plays a washed up, decommissioned Jaeger pilot, who teams alongside of Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to form an unlikely duo to combat the increasingly powerful Kaiju. Idras Elba, plays Stacker Pentecost, the leader of humanity. The movie is fast-pace and sometimes sucumbs to too many close ups and shaky camera movies, so the viewer can't see anything. Each Jaegar is carefully, and beautiful constructed with bright colours, bolts, and spinning mechanical units, which is evidence for the hours spent creating the robots. There isn't a single character I find to be annoying, although Charlie Humman's character is a little undeveloped, and one-dimensional. Guillermo del Toro spoke about creating only characters that he personally liked, and he has succeeded in just doing that. Mako Mori is a highly skilled martial artist and not a damsel in distress. Her character has flashbacks which us to empathize with her hatred for the Kaiju.
There comes a point when Idris Elba delivers a speech, which could have been much longer, but if you seen the trailers it does a sufficient job of pumping you up to go into the boxing ring. Because this is what the movie is essentially about rock-em-sock-em robots duking it out with spectacular Kaiju monsters.