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My Pacific Rim Review

I saw Pacific Rim last night. I enjoyed it. The most honest thing I can say about it is this: 

It was everything I hoped it would be, and nothing more. 

Director Guillermo del Toro has given something very special to a certain segment of the population. When I saw the very first trailer for this film I said “This is a movie, tailor made, for nerds” (seriously, ask my friends, I said it). Well Mr. del Toro, you did not disappoint. 

The movie starts out with a premise (I don’t consider this a spoiler, as it was in every promo every released): There is a portal from another dimension deep in the Pacific ocean, and giant monsters (Kaiju) emerge periodically from said portal and attack costal cities. In response to this, humanity bands together and builds an army of giant robots (Jaegers), each piloted by a team of two pilots, to do battle and beat the living snot out of these invaders. How badass is that! That is where the film starts, and that’s where things get interesting (wait, giant robots vs giant monsters wasn’t interesting?). 

The points I enjoyed about this picture are as follows, in no particular order: 

The visuals are utterly spectacular! The design of the Jaegers and Kaiju are creative, diverse, and extremely detailed. The choreography of the battles are intense and dynamic. And Guillermo has bumped up his over saturation of color, contrast, and atmosphere to the next level. All of which makes for some incredibly beautiful visuals.

Actors Idris Elba (Stacker Pentecost), Rinko Kikuchi (Mako Mori), and Clifton Collins Jr. (Tendo Choi) are wonderful. Even Charlie Day (Dr. Newton Geiszler aka “Newt”) and Burn Gorman (Gottlieb) did a good job of adding some levity. With a special nod to Mr. Elba, they give a level of gravitas to an otherwise mediocre cast.

I was pleasantly surprised at how lighthearted this movie was. It starts off with an intense gravely voiced monologue, but even this is almost a parody. As dark and foreboding as the premise is, they never forget that this is giant robots beating up giant monsters, and it should be fun!

Lastly (I know there’s only four things on this list, but this last one is huge) I loved all of the “nerd culture” references. The film is basically a celebration of all things geeky, and not just popular nerd culture either, peppered throughout are (both subtle and not so subtle) nods to obscure scifi, fantasy, video games, and anime. So thank you Guillermo del Toro, for reminding me why I love his genre so very much.

As enjoyable as Pacific Rim was, there are some things that I felt were lacking:

As I said before, other than a few standouts, the cast was a bit underwhelming. They all did decent jobs, but could have been better.

There was a distinct lack of character development. In the first 10 minutes the main character experiences a dramatic change in his motivation, but other than that, everyone pretty much stays the same. 

In the same line, as much as I loved all the references, there were definitely some plot holes. There are many events, actions, and concepts that go completely unexplained. It’s not a huge issue, but this is definitely one of my pet peeves in movies.

So, taking all of this into account, I personally felt that the positives greatly outweighed the negatives. But that is an absolutely subjective thing. If you are interested in a fun, colorful, not too heavy handed “end of the world” flick, definitely give this a shot. If you’re looking for a well made, thoughtful, and serious giant robot vs. monsters movie… good luck with that.

~Alexander

■2013年、誰かと観た映画ベスト5
大学を卒業したあたりから、自由にできる金が増え、反面人間関係が希薄になったことで、人を誘う手間を惜しんでひとりで映画をみることが多くなっていたのですが、この2年ぐらいは劇場で映画を観るときには人を誘うように心がけています。何もかも嫌になった日、授業や仕事をさぼってひとりで観にいき心を奪われた映画もとても大切だけれど、誰かと観る映画にも、昔の友人に電話をしてみるぐらいの手間をかけるだけの価値はあると思うのです。中学高校の頃、休みのたびに少ない小遣いを握りしめて映画館に向かったのは、鑑賞後に喫茶店やマクドナルドで、映画の話や映画とは全然関係ない話をするのが楽しかったから。両親に連れていってもらった『ジュラシックパーク』も細かい内容はほとんど覚えてないけれど、普段態度は大きいが実は気が小さい父が真っ暗な劇場でひときわ大きな声をあげて驚いたことは鮮明に覚えている。

(中略)

第2位 パシフィックリム

ひとりで鑑賞。しかし、自分の中では「みんなで観た」
お祭り映画。劇場で観てよかった。

vimeo

「パシフィック・リム」のギレルモ監督が子ども時代に見た夢を映画化した「SHHH」

ある少年が夜な夜ないじめてくる姉に想像力を使って仕返する……というダーク・ファンタジーになっています。