I really liked it.
Here is what a buddy said: “Will it have good robot fights? Yes. Will it have a good story? Probably not.”
He is not entirely wrong. You need to know what you are gonna get with a film like Pacific Rim. Given that the source material is about giant human piloted robots fighting giant monsters called Kaiju from another dimension (that enter our world through a rift at the bottom of the pacific ocean–hence the title), you kinda need to go in remembering that it ain’t trying to be shakespeare.
That said, it is directed by GDT of Pan’s Labyrinth fame, and this dude can create cool monsters and, as it turns out, great robots. Where the film shines is the outstanding scenes where monsters and robots just duke it out. The film moves through its thin plot with a straight face, but you just know that the filmmakers were giggling as they made their characters who wear these complicated suits and interact with all these interactive 3D displays reach down and press a button that simply says “SWORD.” Genius. What’s more, the script has lines the character say lines like “Activate elbow rocket!” with complete earnestness. It is like the script was written by a 10-year old, and I mean that in the best possible way! Your inner 10-year-old boy will just be grinning ear to ear during these scenes.
This film has some half-baked ideas that get lost in the shuffle, some bad dialogue and wooden acting for sure. Still, it managed to deliver a really fun experience at the movies. I usually don’t tell people to spring for the 3D, but I really enjoyed it in this film. It worked well with all the action, which is why you see a movie like this.
I will also say that financially, this film hasn’t done great in the US, but it is doing very well overseas, particularly in Asain markets (no surprise there–they invented this subgenre). Still, I think Americans are in for a treat if they can make it to the theater. I highly recommend folks see this one. It is worth it to see it on the big screen for the sheer spectacle of it all.
Here is the “elbow rocket” scene I mentioned.
If you don’t think that’s:
c. really well done CG
d. all of the above
Then you probably won’t like this movie. If you answered a, b, c, or you are like me and answered d, you need to see this film before it leaves theaters!