“Oh my god! This is heaven!”
I quote Charlie Day from Pacific Rim to illustrate my feelings about this film. If you want to see the cinematic representation of the word ‘awesome’, Pacific Rim offers 2500 tons of it. I perpetually had goosebumps while watching this film. I lost count of the number of times I applauded in my head (since applauding so much throughout would piss off everyone around me). It is a monster film like no other. It is an action film like no other. Out of all the summer blockbusters this year (Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast and Furious 6 and Man of Steel), this is the real deal!
Guillermo Del Toro has made a time machine. This time machine sent me back to that period in my childhood when I would watch Jurassic Park (1993), Independence Day (1996), Mortal Kombat (1995), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) repeatedly on VHS. Two of them were bad movies but back then I couldn’t tell the difference between what was good or bad. The boy in me was pleased and that’s all that mattered. Monsters, apocalypse, robots and fights: all were ingredients for fun. (Not that the apocalypse is fun, but canceling it certainly is!!!)
Now when I watch movies, the mind perceives films differently. It has collected knowledge and experience to gauge the merits and demerits of a film *rolls eyes at self*. However, I was immeasurably happy to find that none of this was at work while I was watching Pacific Rim (just the way I like it). It’s as if Del Toro went inside my brain and found the switch of my childhood glee and turned it on for 2 hours.
The first film I ever saw was Jurassic Park. Naturally, monster movies are my thing. Guillermo Del Toro gives a grand homage to the monster films spanning from the 90s to the 50s. Tokusatsu and Kaiju were nerdy terms before and now they will become common talk. I wish people seek out the original monster films. If not that, at least watch GDT’s two masterworks: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
(Here’s a list of my favorite monster films, in case you want to know. Go here: http://bit.ly/13GFqKe)
I wish I could tell you what exactly I loved but then I would describing almost every scene and that would just become a very bad review. Idris Elba is extremely badass and gets the best lines. Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Hunnam are fantastic. Ron Perlman gets to do the best post credits scene ever.
Another thing I loved about this film is that when the world comes to end, in most films, world means America. Del Toro makes this a global event. The characters are not just American but hail from Britain, Japan, Australia and Germany. Half of the film takes place in a future Hong Kong. Move over Transformers, this is how it’s done!
The fight scenes in the city feature insane amounts of destruction. But there is a difference here and in a movie like Man of Steel where the destruction is reckless. Here they bring the fights to the sea. They try not to destroy the city till it’s the only option. Oh and if you use a ship for a sword, everything else is forgiven (I tried very hard not to write that in caps lock)
Orson Welles once said “Film is the biggest toy-train set anyone ever had”. Guillermo Del Toro clearly took this quote way too seriously and I am not complaining even one bit. Everything is so big and enormous that I felt a few inches tall after I walked out (No seriously, my friend pointed it out)
This is a film that isn’t made for a time or place. It doesn’t matter what it means in terms of film language and craft. Its place in cinematic history is solidified, it will live, it will be seen 50 years from now and create new fans as it goes along. Something that Star Wars continues to do to this day. I will surely watch it at least 3 more times in the theater. (If I was 10 years old, that number would double). It is without a doubt, one of the most awesome movies ever made.view less