I’m a little late getting to this one. It’s been sitting in my to watch pile for a long time, but I was never in the right mood.
Pacific Rim is not by most definitions a good movie but it may well be a very fun movie. Basically we’re dealing with big, dumb, action movie here. It’s likeTransformers pretty much. That should upset some people, but it is.
I can honestly say that nothing that happened at any point in the movie surprised me. The dialogue, the plot beats, it all goes exactly the way you expect your action movie to go.
Similarly the dialogue is… adequate but no more. It helps when some of it is being delivered by Idris Elba. On the other hand when it comes from Charlie Hunnam…
Pacific Rim does have a few things going for it though. Not least of which is Godzilla style monsters and giant mechs! It has hard not enjoy watching those two things slugging it out with each other.
The film makes no effort at all to justify the logical of building a giant metal suit that has to be controlled by two people who actually physically move the legs and arms (Why? Because it looks cool!) You just have to take that at face value.
It’s also best not to spend too much time thinking about the incredible stupidity of their battle strategies. Let’s spend five minutes punching the monster at close range, instead of firing our plasma canon from a distance… and oh yeah actually we have a sword we haven’t been using! You do not want to be thinking when you watch this movie.
The characters are a mixed bag too. I really liked Idris Elba as the incredibly named Stacker Pentecost and I though Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori was easily the most interesting character (though I’m sure people were complaining they couldn’t understand her).
On the other hand Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Beckett may be the blandest of heroes I’ve seen in a long time. Which is still better than Charlie Day’s scientist role. I actually wanted the Kaiju to eat him.
I think the problem here really is that I have learned to expect more from Guillermo del Toro than just well executed action sequences. And this time out… there isn’t any more.
If you’re in the right mood then just sit back and enjoy giant monsters fighting giant robots.