Saturday, July 13, 2013
Movies: Pacific Rim
Hey remember when you were a kid watching some cartoon and you thought, "Oh gosh, I wish they turned this cartoon into real life, with real explosions and big robots with baddy aliens and etc.," well that's Pacific Rim. It's your childhood.
2013 has this problem where something would be hyped up out of control and when that something is finally released, it's actually not that great. I won't name anything because I'm bad at poor debater. On the upside, Pacific Rim absolutely lived up to the hype.
Pacific Rim is a Guillermo Del Toro film, the famed director who created such movies as Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy. If you've ever seen any of his films, you will know that his character designs are both one of a kind and highly distinguishable and of course you get that full force here.
In the near future giant monsters named 'Kaiju' begin invading earth, not from above, but from a portal under the ocean. The first attack proved that earth needed a defense against these invasions and so came the Jaeger program.
The Jaeger program being: the creation of massive humanoid mechs that require two pilots to sync up with one another's minds in order to control the Jaegers, a task otherwise overwhelming for one pilot.
As the attacks became more and more frequent, the UN began losing their faith in the Jaeger program, therefore shutting it down and moving the four remaining Jaegers to Hong Kong to defend the city until they complete the city's sea barrier against the Kaiju attacks.
Pacific Rim was the most fun I've had at a movie in a while. Honestly I can't remember the last time I've enjoyed a movie as much as Pacific Rim. It was basically a love letter to the old school Godzilla flicks and Mecha genre much seen in Anime, even Del Toro himself said, "This movie was my childhood. I was exposed to the same pop culture that a kid in Tokyo would have been. This is true of my entire generation in Mexico, that we were invaded by this Japanese culture."
If there's one thing I absolutely loved about this movie, it's that it wasn't overly melodramatic and violent like most end of the world movies. Fan service through and through. People went because they wanted to see what the trailer had to offer. And take it as you may, the movie was a two hour trailer in that they compacted nonstop action into it.
But on the flip side the only thing I was sorta on the fence about was the dialog, at times it seemed way tacky and clichéd, but it is what it is. I don't think this movie was aiming for Oscar material as much as it was aiming to fulfill nerd fantasies.
It's a movie about giant robots fighting bad guy aliens. There's honestly not much more I could talk about. If you liked Transformers, imagine the forest fight scene in Transformers 2, but all the time. As my friend Matt said, "I'm glad this movie entered into my eyes."
Case and Point
Pacific Rim is: popping a super molly.
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