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16 July 2013 @ 06:51 pm
Picoreview: Pacific Rim  

Picoreview: Pacific Rim: does what it says on the tin.

Okay, no, it doesn’t, because the tin says “Pacific Rim”, not “giant monsters fight giant robots!”, but close enough.

I liked it. I didn’t love it, which I wanted to, but I liked it, and it certainly delivered what I wanted it to. The effects were (literally) tremendous, and there were a couple of moments where I squeeed happily at the way something monstered out. There was one scene in particular where I kind of just sat back and thought, “The makers of the original Godzilla movies* would be proud.”

I thought the hero looked like Guillermo del Toro had wanted Channing Tatum and hadn’t been able to get him, so sent them out to find that type. Except this guy had a spark of native intelligence to his gaze, which I’ve never found to be true with Tatum. Or whatever his name is. So he was an improvement on the type, IMHO, and … y’know, everybody keeps saying “There was no character development!” but I thought everybody developed pretty well, actually, including Raleigh.

I *loved* Mako Mori, the female lead. I loved her backstory, her persona, her story arc, and her hair. Go read this review for details on why. In fact, her only problem for me was that she was goddamned near the only female in the entire movie, and that’s not her fault.

Idris Elba is just OMG. The only thing I could have wished for was to see him and Ron Perlman in the same scene together.

Actually, as my friend Chrysoula said, what I really could have wished for was for this to be a 6 or 8 hour miniseries with time to delve into the entire world and how they got there more deeply. But I enjoyed it for what it was. :)

*Original movies. Not that thing with Matthew Broderick, which was the worst movie I have ever sat all the way through.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Ghost Light: Little Miss Gigglesghost_light on July 16th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you qualified which Godzilla ;)
kitmizkit on July 17th, 2013 07:37 am (UTC)
I have never been as enraged by a movie as I was by that one. And it's nothing to do with Godzilla, for whom I have no emotional attachment. It was the unbelieveably useless female lead that infuriated me. I was actually saying, out loud, in the theater, "Step on her. JUST STEP ON HER," to my husband's acute embarrassment.
Ghost Light: Facepalmghost_light on July 17th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
I have managed to block out everything about that movie except the ZOMG!! Godzilla's a GIRL!!!! 111! reveal.
Chrysoulachrysoula on July 16th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
I really really wanted to see more of the other mecha being awesome. That, plus more of Ron Perlman's character, are the main thrusts of what I'd want from an extended miniseries version... Although really, the whole world...
kitmizkit on July 17th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
There is never enough Ron Perlman. :)
irishkateirishkate on July 16th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hmm- must go see so. Must look up times.

And I liked the Broderick Godzilla but not for the right reasons...So let's not go there ;-)
kitmizkit on July 17th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
I really have no memory of the film beyond my loathing of the female lead. I have the *vaguest* idea that if she hadn't been so wildly incompetent that I probably would have liked it overall, nott because it was good but because it wasn't. :)
Dreamshadowmorgie on July 16th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
I have been told that they cut out at least an hour of character development for everyone else.

It had better be in the director's cut.

I will so buy said cut if it is!! ;)
kitmizkit on July 17th, 2013 07:40 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, so would I!
rasmusbrasmusb on July 18th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh let's hope so!

Although a few more minutes of Raleigh shirtless wouldn't be amiss. ;)
Tiko: Sailor Saturn (happysocks)steelneko on July 17th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
what I really could have wished for was for this to be a 6 or 8 hour miniseries with time to delve into the entire world and how they got there more deeply.

It's not quite a miniseries, but there is a graphic novel prequel to the movie done by del Toro and the screenwriter that covers a lot of background stuff that didn't make it into the movie, like how their world ended up like it did. Haven't read it yet, but it's supposed to be pretty good.
rasmusbrasmusb on July 18th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
Link to Del Torro & the Blu RAy
Sadly it looks like there won't be an extended version. (He says they were deleted for a reason.)

Here is the link.

kitmizkit on July 19th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
Re: Link to Del Torro & the Blu RAy
awwww. oh well. *snif*