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Considering I've been getting nothing but positive feedback, I'm continuing my movie reviewing blogs. Today's subject is Pacific Rim, the new monsters vs. robots movie from Guillermo del Toro. In 4 words that describe the movie: big, loud, dumb, fun.
I haven't had this much fun at a movie theater in a while. If you can understand that the story is self aware and meant to be as cheesy as it is, there is no reason you shouldn't find yourself enjoying the flick. When the main Jaeger (read: giant robot) activates a sword that comes out of its wrist, I'll admit, I lost it a little bit. Really though, if you're looking for a good time at the movie theater, this is your film.
As I said before, the story is cheesy and it knows it. Melodramatic performances, corny dialogue ("We're cancelling the apocalypse!"), and over-the-top characters (see Ron Perlman's fantastic Hannibal Chau) combine to make a movie that doesn't take itself seriously, and you shouldn't either. But really, you don't watch Pacific Rim for the story; you watch it for the action.
And in the action department, boy does this movie deliver. Spectacular fight scenes are complimented perfectly with Guillermo del Toro's recognizable visual style to make a feast for your eyes. The steel crushing blows on-screen are matched by blaring audio that lets you hear every movement of the Jaegers and Kaiju. Audiovisual overload is an apt description of the fight scenes in Pacific Rim. That brings me to my one real complaint about the movie. After the initial Jaeger vs. Kaiju at the beginning of the movie, it takes about 40-50 minutes before we get another one. Instead we get the gleefully campy story, but after about a half hour of it, I was ready for more action.
Pacific Rim is not the best movie I've ever seen, nor does it come close the the top of the stack. But really, I don't care because it is a fun movie that let's you have a great time watching giant robots fight giant monsters.
Any movie recommendations? Do you want to see more of my movie reviews? What did you think of Pacific Rim? Leave any questions or statements in the comments. Thanks for reading!