Pacific Rim Reviews
The nice thing is that Pacific Rim has a self-aware quality that makes me feel like everybody behind the scenes knows this concept is nuts. The tongue-in-cheek nature shows a lot in scenes with Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, and Ron Perlman. They add some much-needed humor, because everyone working in the Jaeger scenes is so deadly serious. Those scenes between all the Jaeger pilots are easily the low point of the film for me because we don't really see them do much of anything.
The fight sequences are what make Pacific Rim worth watching. It is the number one selling feature, and it is the best part of all three acts. Luckily they include a lot of them so it's tough to complain. The CGI is absolutely amazing and doesn't stand out as artificial or cartoony. It is helped by the fact that all the fight scenes are at night, in the dark, and often rainy. It helps hide all the seams that reveal CGI, but it also can make it hard to distinguish what is happening.
I can't figure out why Charlie Hunnam was given the lead in Pacific Rim. He has very little charisma and is out-acted by everyone else around him. Rinko Kikuchi brings a certain charm and creates a much more sympathetic character. Finally, Idris Elba is so perfectly cast as the man in charge. He's the type of guy who makes a civilian like me instantly want to stand at attention and salute. Leading up to the finale he delivers a speech that would be cheesy from anyone else, but he sells it.
I loved the history that they explained at the beginning of the movie. It set the stage well, but without having to spend too long on back story and origins of the Kaiju or the Jaeger. On the flip side I hated all the technical talk about the "drift compatibility" nonsense. Because it was all pointless mumbo-jumbo, it would have been better if they spent less time explaining it. With that fake science stuff they should just leave us to understand "it works because it works."
Pacific Rim is the kind of movie that is pure and simple, dumb fun. But it isn't the kind of awful mindless tedium you get out of a Transformers film. True, this movie is not one that I'll be able to argue for if someone says they hated it, and it's not one that I'll watch again and again to analyze all the intricacies of the plot. But if I just want to sit down and cheer about how awesome it can be to watch giant things punching other giant things, I'm going straight for Pacific Rim.
The best way to describe Pacific rim is not through its story, characters and dialogue but through its concept, style, and visual format storytelling. Pacific rim is practically a combined inspiration of everything giant monster based from Transformers, digimon, pokemon, voltron, ultraman, Power rangers, Gundam, Gamera and The king himself Godzilla. The movie feel like an old nostalgia trip back to childhood action shows with giant monsters or anime based feel and that's what movie feels like and why I really like it. The director Guillermo Del Toro is a big kaiju fa, and took inspiration from godzilla himself.
What holds the movie together is its cinematography and visual special effects. This is especially shown in the monster fight scenes, the fights are quick and over the top creative and fun such as scenes like the boat sword and elbow rocket along so much more. What makes it all work, is that it's paced and slow never too fast or throwing too much at you it's like if Michael Bay calmed down with the explosives to show a better story. Thus also contributes to the story like the fights they to are slow visually shown its like an good example of what an visual story is done, the format is clear and never to blurred or feels distracted it allows you to submerse yourself into that world.
What the Movie doesn't due to well however is its Character story writing and dialogue. Though the characters are fun, decent and have great moments like Pentecost and Mako, as well as Hannibal cho and Dr. newton. But other characters like Raleigh and Hansen are okay to like cliched action roles like Hansen is the bully and arrogant jerk, with lines that feel like they came from independence day or something. But then again it's still decent and better than Independence Day because it has a Narrative Story. just more visual than writing format. But that's what Pacific Rim is.
Though the movie took inspiration from Japanese Godzilla and some what of Kong's films, but there are some major difference by terms of concept. Godzilla is a natural disaster/tragedy based film with a monster in it, while kong is a pure monster movie has a sense of mystery and dread, mixed with great spielbergian characters and storytelling/writing that mix up the thought driven message that ends with tragedy. Pacific rim is an anime action based film like Transformers, Ultraman, Voltron, and with more visual based storytelling, than story writing/dialogue. But that makes it good because of charm and nostalgia, mainly due it being reminiscent of old childhood shows whether anime or western action based. While mixed with an clear, slow and well paced visual story format makes the world not only a realistic look and feel but also an identity that can easily be understood through the story better than Independence day itself.
So yeah I'd like pacific rim alot, is better than Kong or Godzilla, No! While both movies are different in concept nd Kong and Godzilla did their storyline and writing better, including Character. Pacific Rim is about one one thing. Childhood Nostalgia and formating to more an adult stage of modern age to bring back a fan loved series and concept that is extremely creative and fun. It was Inspired by Godzilla but yet it isn't its own thing but charming and nostalgic at the same time. Thanks to the visuals, cinematography, special effects and Format makes the world all the more reason to make it interesting. so Pacific rim in the end is a fun childhood nostalgia based film with good action, good example of visual storytelling and fun decent characters that balance out the movie just enough to make the Kaiju genre alive again.
"Pacific Rim" was a fantastic movie overall, and it was indeed a very exciting & worthwhile experience watching it.
Quite surprising, this movie held my interest despite the genre not being my favorite category.
The only thing missing in American films is the fact that heroes always survive, unlike foreign films.
I guess the American viewer prefers it that way so the Box Office accommodates.