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This review is from: Pacific Rim (Two-Disc Special Edition DVD) (DVD)
Being someone who grew up happily watching movies where a guy in a Godzilla suit stomped on cars and bashed buildings, the preview I saw for "Pacific Rim" looked like just too much fun to pass up. This is definitely one movie I am so very glad I went to see, and would love to see it again.
I am going to try very hard not to give anything away here and yet tell enough to let you know just how much fun this movie really is.
First of all, this is not a Godzilla remake or update. Let's just say it appears the film-maker also grew up watching a lot of old monster movies and loved them. Not to be disrespectful of Godzilla, you understand, but the Kaiju in this film make our Godzilla look about as scary as the Geico lizard. They looked amazing, and were genuinely frightening even to a middle aged jaded person like myself. More than once I found myself with my back flattened against the seat in an attempt to put just a bit more distance between myself and what was on the screen.
In addition, if you are also someone who has enjoyed Anime series like "The Big O" and "Evangelion", you will find a great deal to enjoy in this movie. Personally, I was thrilled.
I was not familiar with any of the actors, they were all new to me. I thought they all did a fine job, though. It is after all an action movie, not a straighforward drama. Again, trying very hard not to tell too much, but the child who portrayed one of the main characters in the film, during scenes showing her childhood, did a particularly wonderful job. She had tears welling in my eyes at one point. There are touching moments in this film, as well as some unexpected humor. The audience in the movie theater where I attended were laughing out loud at several points.
I really can't say enough about this film. If you are looking for monsters, giant robots, action, emotion, and just a rockin' great time, this movie can't be beat.