Movie Review: Pacific Rim

pacificrim_jaegers_wallpaperI’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.

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