Note: This review was originally posted on FanBros.com on July 18, 2013.
On July 12, DJ BenHaMeen of The Fan Bros. published a review about how much he enjoyed Pacific Rim. Today the “Grand Duchess of Tech”, Tatiana King, expresses her displeasure for the same film.
I never, ever, ever, ever, ever want to see Pacific Rim again. It was astounding how badly it all played out. I don’t even know if I can find the words to express how angry it made me. Actually…I can! So I wrote a blog post. Wanna read about it? Here it go…
My expectation level was high. Exceptionally high. Not only did I join in the chorus of voices pushing everyone and their red-headed step cousin to go see this movie, but I even made the mistake of admonishing people that had no awareness that this film was on the way. For that, I apologize profusely. I feel like I’ve unintentionally thrown many folks to the lions.
For those that truly enjoyed Pacific Rim–good for you! I respect your opinion. At the same time I was fairly disgusted.
The first twenty minutes of the film I thought, “holy sh*tballs Batman this looks incredible! ” They explained most of the detail of the movie very well and even made a plausible storyline for how the Kaiju and the Jaegers came to be. They explained how the rangers (pilots) were chosen, how they synced with their co-pilots, why there were two pilots doing the same thing, and brought some solid movie-science into the matter. Ok…BET!
After the first fight I was stoked! It made such a good first impression that I thought “wow, so my prayers may really be answered”.
Then the next thirty minutes and change was a complete snoozefest and involved gobs of unnecessary dialogue that could have easily been cut.
While the intros of each nation’s pilots were mostly o.k., their personas (especially the Russians) relied upon uber-cliche stereotypes. Still, their jaegers looked bad ass and I was prepared for some proper killage. I was still pretty excited.
Much like Benhameen, I could have done without the forced romance and the even more forced rivalries. I mean good try bro, but nah…
Despite that, Idris was very commanding in the film. The way he looked (and looks), and the way he spoke (and speaks…) would make me follow him to hell and back.
The level of destruction was massive (a good thing). Between both the jaegars and the kaiju I cannot tell which one effed ‘ish up worse. Giant mecha and destruction are a-ok in my book.
Too bad the jaegers were slow as hell, while the kaiju were inexplicably agile–regardless of the surrounding conditions.
And too bad those same bad ass jaegers with the supposed bad ass battle records and move sets were really ineffective…
Not only that, there was SO MUCH cheesy dialogue, bad acting and overacting! There was a lot of poor casting overall and it really put a damper on what could have been great chemistry between the actors. The acting (or lack thereof) from most (not all) of the cast was so painfully noticeable that it just made me plain uncomfortable.
While I was irritated about 75% into the movie, I decided to just stop asking questions and just watch. I thought that since the ship was already going down, I might as well be like the band on the Titanic and try to enjoy something in what little time (I thought) I had left. Then there was a bevy of cheesy scenes. The last straw? A moment reminiscent of a famous Sam L. Jackson clip from Deep Blue Sea–you know the one I’m talking about. I gave up shortly thereafter.
Generally there were too many instances of motives not making any sense, ginormous plot holes, unfollowable action scenes (towards the end), and super important items being introduced WAY too late. For me the biggest offense was that there was not enough character development. It was all poorly planned to the point where I just didn’t care what happened next. I sincerely wanted the movie to end but there was a good 30 minutes left.
On a more positive note, the highlights were: Idris Elba; the child actress that plays the younger version of the female lead; the jaegers; the explanations and pseudo-science of the world; how the kaiju got there in the first place (and how humans reacted); the special effects; and most certainly the fight scenes.
However, what was most disconcerting for me is that I thought this was truly going to finally be the real life robot vs. monster masterpiece on the scale of Evangelion or the Gundam series. Yes those are both animated works, but the very genre and basic tenants of a “giant robot film” stems from anime, manga, and Japanese culture. While these are clearly not the only place influence can come from, the level of reach is considerable. These animations, while clearly having way more time to build a story than a 2.5 movie, still understand how to tell a story that you can believe in.
I thought Guillermo Del Toro would be able to translate everything thats wonderful of the world of mecha in a live action setting with a solid reasoning behind it. Unfortunately, I was sorely mistaken. I was disappointed. I was lightweight hurt…
So I gotta ask–did you also dislike Pacific Rim? Or did you love it and think I’m just out of my mind? Share your comments below.