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Epic Movie (Re)Watch #193 - Pacific Rim

Spoilers Below

Have I seen it before: Yes

Did I like it then: Yes.

Do I remember it: Yes.

Did I see it in theaters: Yes.

Was it a movie I saw since August 22nd, 2009: Yes, #242.

Format: Blu-ray

1)

Raleigh: “When alien life entered our world it was from deep beneath the Pacific Ocean.”

This is actually a really interesting concept and break from the usual alien invasion movies. It keeps the movie incredibly sci-fi but gives the monsters a much more earthy quality to them. And opening the movie with the idea establishes the world we live in right away. In fact, the entire prologue does an excellent job of clearly and quickly establishing the world of Pacific Rim (I consider the prologue everything before Raleigh and Yancy go and fight the monster, even though the film’s title takes 16 minutes to show up).

2) The monsters in this film are referred to as Kaiju and that fact shows the incredible respect the filmmakers are showing to the genre they’re playing in. For those of you who don’t know, giant monster movies made in Japan like Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, etc. are referred to as Kaiju films so just by embracing that genre name for this film shows they’re playing in a similar world. I just like that that’s the path they went down.

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3) Ramin Djawdi’s score for Pacific Rim is absolutely kickass. The German composer is probably most known for his work on the first Iron Man and “Game of Thrones”, so audiences for those projects are familiar with the fact that Djawdi can get you pumped through music. Pacific Rim is no battle, with the main theme being an electric guitar heavy and absolutely energizing anthem of badassery that gets the audience ready for battle. I suggest everyone listens to it.

4) Charlie Hunam as Raleigh

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

Raleigh is rough around the edges but in a way the audience can appreciate. He’s not a jackass, he’s not a jerk, he’s just a bit macho. But he’s still a nice guy (not Nice Guy™), showing kindness to much of the cast of characters throughout the film (Mako, Pentecost). There’s an old school roguish charm to him, but Hunam is also able to play the grief that marks Raleigh for a lot of the film.

Raleigh: “I was still connected to my brother when he died.”

That is an incredibly rich and unique conflict, to know what it feels like to die and live while also knowing that’s what your family felt in their last moments. Hunam is able to work with this well in a number of scenes and while at time his American accent can be a bit distracting his performance overall is damn good.

5) This film does a very good job of establishing minor and supporting characters so that even if they only have a few minutes of screen time you remember them. This includes Yancy, Choi, and all the other Jaeger pilots. Through combined visual design and unique character writing, they stand out.

Originally posted by letmebeyourcopilot

6) The first Kaiju/Jaeger fight - while not the best in the film - still strongly establishes the film’s intense action. It is important for the audience to know the rules in these fights early on. To know that the Kaiju and Jaeger are close to equally matched; neither is swifter, neither is bigger, it’s a really intense skirmish between opponent of equal size and strength. Establishing that well early on is important and exactly what this film did.

Originally posted by spacethomasjefferson

7) Idris Elba as Marshall Pentecost

Originally posted by lois-lane

I think Elba gives the best performance in the entire film. Pentecost is such an enigmatic character, he’s not an open book, but instead of feeling underdeveloped (which is a risk with such characters) he’s interesting. You can tell there’s more to Pentecost than we’re being told because Elba works so well wight he part. He just radiates leadership and authority in a multifaceted performance. You get his hard edges, his no nonsense behavior, his occasional jackassery, a caring father figure, a loyal soldier, and a driven man all in one package that is Idris Elba. I fucking love Elba in this film.

8) Rinko Kikuchi as Mako.

Originally posted by aviscranio

Mako’s awesome. I love Mako. She’s…it’s hard to put into words. She’s an incredible strong character with deep rooted conflict and motivations which Kikuchi is able to carry with her always. This conflict is good because it strongly influences Mako’s choices in the film, which in and of themselves can breed more conflict. You can just tell that while Mako is good in her current position as Pentecost’s assistant(?) that she can do SO much more. You understand that through the way she interacts with Raleigh, the ease she handles the tasks given to her, you know she’s not reached her full potential yet even though she wants to. And you just freaking root for her to go further, to get what she wants, something which I think is equal parts Kikuchi’s performance and the writing for the character. It’s also worth noting her platonic relationship with Elba is very strong and helps develop both characters.

9) Burn Gorman and Charlie Day as both crazy strong in their roles also, breathing such life and fun into their parts and the film as large. The strong bickering Newt and Herman is incredibly fun to watch and while Day does get more time to shine as Newt that doesn’t mean Herman is any less interesting. They’re both such a fun team to watch.

Originally posted by bioluminosity

10) Something director Guillermo Del Toro is able to do incredibly well across all his films - largely through production design and practical sets/effects - is that he creates a world which is fully alive. Just from looking at it you get an understanding of how it works, how it’s different from our world. It is striking, full of life, and totally unique.

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11) Mako’s candidate trial.

Did I mention I love Mako? Because I do. And this scene just makes me love her more. The connection and kinship she is able to immediately establish with Raleigh is crazy good. It just FEELS right watching the pair of them on screen. Their relationship is in many ways the heart of this film and this scene gets you invested in them. You just know that they’re the right for each other.

12) Newt’s decision to drift with a Kaiju is a strong example of stakes. How far he’ll go to do what he think is the best thing to do because the alternative of doing nothing isn’t good enough. I dig it.

13) One thing I like is that Mako isn’t really sexualized or objectified in any way. I don’t even think we get a shot of her half naked or anything. The film shows off how sexy Raleigh’s body is more than it does Mako’s and I really freaking love that.

14) There are a few comparisons to make between this film and Independence Day. The fact that it’s humanity fighting against alien invaders (even though these aliens are from below the sea) is one thing, but then we learn this.

Newt: “These being, these colonists, they take over worlds…”

It’s very similar to how Bill Pullman notes the aliens in Independence Day are like locusts, moving from world to world and taking over natural resources. There are more coming up, and it’s not even a comparison of quality or saying one is a ripoff of the other, it’s more just I like the similarities because I like both films.

15) Mako’s backstory.

Originally posted by onlymorelove

Through showing us Mako’s backstory, not just telling us, the film makes it all the stronger. It perfectly explains her motivations and stakes throughout the film in a way which is simple, elegant, and ready to remember. Also the way the film cuts between Mako’s memory, Raleigh in Mako’s memory, and the real world of Gypsy Danger is very strong. All in all, it’s just a strong example of backstory.

16) Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chou.

Originally posted by youcantsaymylastname

Okay, Ron Perlman is always a wonderful character actor. I have never seen a Ron Perlman performance which I have not liked. He just breathes this consistent charisma, energy, and fun into every performance he has ever given so Chou is no different. While he may be more devious and deceitful than say Hellboy, Perlman has no less fun with the part and just makes Hannibal Chou one of the surprise stand out characters in the film.

17) The first Jaeger fight with the Kaiju in Tokyo is just plain fun, a nice prologue to the upcoming Gypsy Danger fight but one that steps up the Kaiju VS Jaeger fun introduced in the film’s opening.

18) Gypsy Danger VS Kaiju.

The extended fight sequence is 100% fucking awesome! A perfect collaboration of, “oh that’s so cool!” and some, “oh that’s so stupid!” moments but in a way that is totally fun. It’s giant robot vs giant monster entertainment at its purest in a way which is just totally entertaining. Some highlights from the fight include:

  • Raleigh: “I think this guy’s dead, but let’s check for a pulse. (They shoot him with a plasma gun.) No pulse.”
  • THEY USE A FREAKING CARGO BOAT TO BEAT ON THE KAIJU LIKE IT’S A BASEBALL BAT!
  • THE KAIJU HAS WINGS! OH MY GOD THAT’S SO COOL!

And of course…

Originally posted by p1xer

THEY’VE GOT A FREAKING SWORD!!!!!

More than anything else the best scene in the film (which this is) shows off all the imagination which can go into one of these fights and all of Gypsy Danger’s skills as a fighter.

19) Is this really necessary?

Newt [examining the dead Kaiju]: “It’s pregnant.”

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

This whole moment feels a little extra. Like, couldn’t the Kaiju brain just be intact after the fight? Although it does lead to Hannibal’s “death” and a great post credits scene.

20) Okay, I’m tearing up a little bit at the goodbye Pentecost has with Mako before he gets in a Jaeger. Because they both know this will kill him and I just…okay, I’m good.

21) The best speech since Independence Day.

22) Something I haven’t really talked about yet is drifting. Drifting with another person in the context of the film is such an intimate and strong connection. It is pure relationship, pure honesty, and I freaking love it.

23) The climactic fight with the category five fight is really a dual fight between the two Kaiju in a well paced, choreographed, and smoothly edited moment. You are never taken out of the moment during the fight due to shoddy craftsmanship, it is all just really smooth.

24) I think the final dive into the breach is really well done because there is a genuine question of if Raleigh will survive or not. The first time I saw this I thought for sure he would die and they wait until the last minute possible to get him out there, just upping the tension throughout. It’s really strong.

24.1) The final thing in this movie that reminds me of Independence Day is Raleigh sending his ship right into the enemy to explode feels a lot like this:

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25) I actually love that this movie doesn’t end with Raleigh and Mako kissing. You can head canon it as anyway you want. I see it as platonic, but you can also see it as they know each other better than anyone else so they don’t need to kiss to know how they feel about each other. I just find it very strong.

Originally posted by raleighsbeckethasmoved

26) Remember how I mentioned a post credits scene in note #19?


Pacific Rim is just really incredibly fun. You can tell that Guillermo Del Toro is enjoying the world he helps to build, with sheer amazing giant robot vs giant monster action. The character drama and motivations are surprisingly poignant, the actors are incredibly strong, the writing is top notch, and it’s just…it’s so freaking good. It’s so freaking FUN! Go watch it. Now. Do it! Please! It’s that good.

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Public domain kaiju and tokusatsu artwork from Alpha Video.

Their releases were complete and utter dreck, but I always enjoyed the bright, colourful, imaginative covers Alpha conjured up for their budget releases.

Okay, I was trying to think of the dateable-monsters I’d put in a B-movie-monster-based dating sim (Don’t ask what the impetus for this was, because I have no idea), and here’s what I got:

  • A (obligatorily plus-sized) female Ro-Man who’s also the game’s trademark Tsundere, i.e. “I-I-I- cannot, but I must ~baka~“ Naturally you have to convince her higher-ups to heave her (and this planet) in peace.
  • The bossy; domineering; confident; not-Audrey-II carnivorous-singing-alien-plant who has a crapton of musical numbers and a hidden linked to a dark past (Where they were found by Herbert West of all people, with all the horrifying experimentation/emotional abuse that implies)
  • The sky; quiet alien-brain-monster with “corrective lenses” (Read: glasses) who mind-controls people, but only for the purposes of bringing her old VHS tapes and books and leaving her alone.
  • The gigantic mutant dinosaur-octopus-woman who’s aloof and spooky; but is really just very lonely (Since she thinks she’s the last of her kind) and just needs a friend. You can find more like her in the game tho; but they’re not necessarily friendly…
  • Your seemingly-normal girl-next-door who you think is your childhood friend, but is actually a fairly recent collective hallucination induced by television signals by a bizarre; labyrinthine conspiracy, but who is slowly developing a mind of her own and becoming physically real with the abilities to (well-meaningly) induce bio-organic body-horror on both A/V equipment and people, which sometimes “slips” from her control. LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH
  • A big muscular deformed-dude who lives out in the woods who wears a creepy mask and has all the hallmarks of an 80s backwoods slasher; complete with weaponizable power tools; but is really a sweet guy who will got he extra mile to protect those he cares about.
  • A xenomorph-knockoff that’s incubating in one of your (Platonic; asexual) friends; slowly reshaping them into something to give birth to their “true form.” You can take the creature into yourself and have yourself reshaped into the birthing-form; and after the creature is born you can date them in your new form ; or simply play the field.
  • A bishie not-Terminator who has come back not to help its (Actually pretty chill) supercomputer-creator destroy humanity, but rather to save rock-n-roll; which its creator has told it died in the era the game takes place in. And yes, he does have 80s hair-metal hear and a major romantic scene is him “stripping” his synthflesh shell.
  • A weird; lustful parrot-beaked alien woman who’s obsessed with impregnating you to continue her species (ESPECIALLY if you’re playing a dude)
  • Herbert West; revived from the dead by his own serum; craving brains to consume and more ingredients to make the serum. He must cause himself physical pain to keep himself from degenerating into mindlessness; and the necessary repairs from the vat of reptilian-tissue/serum are slowly changing him into something bizarre. His personality is exactly how Jeffrey Combs portrayed him but STILL TECHNICALLY PUBLIC DOMAIN BITCHES!
  • A gender-changing mercurial humanoid in a loud-checkered suit who is rendered in film-type black-n-white (As opposed to everybody else in the game’s  bright Technicolors) who says they come from the Mystic Black Lodge Of The Sixth Dimension (Always crossed out within the game’s text) and generally have the physical properties of a cartoon character; with an attitude to match. Naturally, they’d be the game’s “secret” romance

So, any I missed?

Well ok, it’s time for the Pacific Rim AU !!

First of all, MY ENGLISH IS DUMB AS HELL, I’m terribly sorry!

Newt is obviously Newt, he is obsessed with kaiju but also he studies them and tries to figure out what people can do instead of fighting and killing them.

Credence is Hermann; once he was saved from the kaiju attack he joined the Shatterdome. He is like super good at maths and that’s why could join the science laboratory and so he works with Newt now!

Also Credence had a dream to be a pilot of a jaeger but couldn’t do it because of his mental problems (that appeared in his past because of his insane family). Anyway, when Newt decides to drift with the kaiju brain he can’t leave him to do this alone. And guess what? Of course they are drift compatible! Moreover, during the drift they saw the past of each other and became much closer, they start to comfort and take care of each other ✿

Jacob, my purest cinnamon roll, is Tendo. He works in the Shatterdome as a technician. When he has a free minute he spends some time at the lab with scientist and takes care of them. Also he is in love with a beautiful jaeger pilot, Queenie.

And the last but not least, Queenie and Tina, they are sisters that’s why they’re definitely drift compatible and pilot a jaeger together!

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“Newmann: I’ll Be Good”

Newt reflects on his thoughts and relationship with Hermann before initiating his drift with the Kaiju brain.

I just can’t even. The level of joy is ridiculous.

Okay. Hear me out. Newt drifted with a Kaiju. He got some Kaiju in his brain. Kaiju got some Newt. Imagine that afterwords during attacks Hermann keeps getting specifically targeted like Newt had been. One day Hermann is like “Newton really? You had to pass your hatred for me on to the Kaiju?” But eventually someone (maybe Newt for fluffy reasons) explains that if the Kaiju were convinced he was some lower life form, that they wouldn’t care. They’d only target him if they recieved information that he was noteably important, smart, special.

Newt didn’t pass on his hatred he passed on his admiration (and love). Basically now the Kaiju have to deal with Newt’s pining too.

darlingizelle  asked:

imagine miraculous ladybug pacific rim au?

OH BABE NOW YOU’RE SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE. PACIFIC RIM IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIES

I’m gonna admit that I had a hard time with this one, mostly because there’s so much that I can do in the Pacific Rim universe that it’s astounding. I did try to stick more to the movie, because the movie is awesome and I love it a lot

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I was at a Disc Replay today, and came across the 1998 Godzilla soundtrack in the used CDs. To my surprise, there is a “Godzilla remix” of the song “Brain Stew” by Green Day. Found it on YouTube, and wow, it has to be heard to be believed. This is a real thing, not fan made. I actually predicted what they were going to do to the song for the most part. I kind of like it. This is almost as shocking as the Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page collab

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Day one of Sterek Week 2016! I’m a little early because I suspect I won’t be able to post this tomorrow, but this is my fic for monday’s theme- Scene Stealer. :)

edit: I forgot! you can also find these on my ao3 :)

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“Stiles, it’s not happening.”

Stiles glares daggers at Argent, who barely looks up from his papers.

“This is bullshit and you know it.”

“You may be McCall’s best friend and you may be very close but you don’t make the same decisions in battle and you know it.” Stiles opens his mouth to argue, but Argent just raises his hand. “This isn’t a discussion, Stilinski,” he says, putting weight on the formality of using his last name. Nobody ever does that but Finstock, who usually forgets his name altogether. It’s not a discussion; it’s an order.

“Yes, Marshal.” Stiles bites out and walks out of the room, still fuming.

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