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What Bayformers could have been,
This review is from: Pacific Rim (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
I'll say up front, though it bears little resemblance to the monster sized dump that is Michael Bay's "Transformers" trilogy-Pacific Rim is the type of movie Bayformers should have been. What I mean by that-is that unlike those hell spawned abominations-Pacific Rim delivers giant robots that awe and inspire instead of ones that pee on people and dangle metallic testicles. Also unlike Bayformers you will not be forced to witness any dog humping or have to groan through lame "jokes" about red mugs in yellow rooms. (No 45 minute long who-gives-a-crap job interview scenes in here either)
Thankfully-Pacific Rim does not take an uber-cool property and twist it, turn it and crush it beyond recognition into some overly long, lame one-note joke of a film. Instead, it's completely earnest and non cynical in its delivery. I've been a fan of Guillermo Del Toro since Pan's Labyrinth (a BRILLIANT adult fairy tale) and have gone back and watched his other films to discover what a true master of the art he really is. I went into Pacific Rim with realistic expectations-daring to hope that it would be the movie I wanted it to be. I left the theater transformed into a little boy filled with wonder and amazement at what I had just witnessed. Though this film is jam packed with special effects-they serve to add to the story not to take away from it or go unnecessarily over the top (I'm looking at you Man of Steel...).
The Jaegers here are a marvel to behold and easy on the eyes (unlike the overcomplicated designs of the Bayformers). The sense of scale and power they inspire is awe striking and the Jaegers are beautifully designed in every way. In fact, the whole movie (praise to the art director) is incredibly consistent in its design-whisking us far away from the real world into the candy colored Kaiju vs. Jaeger world of the future which is EXACTLY what a good movie SHOULD do. This film takes special effects far beyond mere gimmickry and serves them up as colorful and artistic as possible. Even if Pacific Rim is not your kind of movie, you can't help but to be blown away by how beautiful it all is. While the story here may not be Oscar-worthy, it's still very sound and interesting and the characters (mostly unknown actors) are very likable. Idris Elba is good in everything he does and his role here is no different. Charlie Hunnam also brings a lot of charisma to the protagonist. In short, Pacific Rim is a well meaning film that knows EXACTLY what kind of film it is and it aims right for the heart of the little boy inside us all. For me, it brought back that sense of wonder and awe my adult self had forgotten movies were still capable of delivering. I really enjoyed playing in Guillermo Del Toro's sand box. Pacific Rim is a monsters vs. robots smash fest and it's completely unapologetic about being exactly that. Do yourself a favor and give Pacific Rim a look. See it in the theater if you can for the sheer sense of scale. Fathers take your sons to see this film too. If movies like this continue to flounder at the box office, it's a guarantee that original ideas will cease to exist and the summer box office season will be bloated with more sequels, spin offs, reboots, etc. Del Toro nailed this one, it's the movie his career has been building up to. I just knew he had something spectacular up his sleeve and Pacific Rim is that film. It's fantastic.
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Initial post: Jul 27, 2013 6:07:15 AM PDT
Not only fathers and sons. My female friends and I loved this film. Send everyone! Unkind to deprive daughters of the fun to be had here and it deserves the business.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 8:18:52 AM PDT
Good to hear! I'm glad to hear the ladies like it too!
Posted on Jul 29, 2013 9:06:24 PM PDT
W. J. Porter says:
I found Pacific Rim to be the most memorable movie I've seen in years, as well as the most fun. I agree with all your review and have to add the art of book gives some great insight to the designs seen in the movie.
BTW I also really enjoyed the soundtrack and it's been years since a movie's theme tune stuck in my head. I can still hear the guitar riffs from Pacific Rim's theme!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2013 6:12:44 AM PDT
I thought the soundtrack was great too. I'll have to check out the art of book. I'm sure there are lots of GREAT concepts that didn't make it into the movie. It is Guillermo Del Toro after all. I still wish this movie would have been more successful. It's a shame it didn't do better at the box office.
Posted on Aug 3, 2013 1:30:10 AM PDT
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What about Rinko Kikuchi?
Her puppy eyes "can I please pilot the Jaeger, pretty please, I promise I'll be good Stacker, PLEASE!?!" had me rolling.
Posted on Aug 17, 2013 3:13:39 PM PDT
Thanks for the candid review, including the Transformers' comments. I liked the first one enough to rent the second one, but turned it off after the first 15 minutes. Assuming the third movie contained the same juvenile, vulgar and offensive tripe I didn't even bother with renting it. Your comments regarding those disappointments boosts your credibility about the review of this movie. Thanks! I look forward to seeing Pacific Rim when it gets released.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 8:58:50 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2013 5:41:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2013 5:42:26 AM PDT
Not sure where the bitterness is coming from. I take it you are a Bayformers fan? That's fine. Every one is entitled to their opinion and reviews are a good place to express them. They are opinions, nothing more. I would've been first in line to tout the praises of a Transformers movie if the material had been handled with at least a small amount of respect for the source material instead of being turned into one big stupid dick joke. That's what upset me most. Why take a property that is beloved by many and strip it of all it's heart and instead turn the films into potty humor? Leg humping robots? For god's sake Michael Bay-grow up. On another note, I for one happen to be very thrilled with a lot of Asian Cinema (see some of my other reviews). I'm not so much a fan of cheesy asian monster movies ("The Host" from Korea is an exception) but a TON of asian movies have been among the best films I've seen the past few years. Films like Exiled, Man From Nowhere, Red Cliff, IP Man, The Viral Factor, A Better Tomorrow, The Raid Redemption, etc. etc. could definitely school anything coming out of Hollywood. Basically all my review was saying is that I think Pacific Rim, though not perfect, is at its heart a non cynical take on similar material to Transformers. If the Bayformers movies had taken a similar approach sans all the idiotic pointless vulgarities and given us Robots that we actually gave a crap about, they might not have ended up being the steaming piles they ended up being. Besides, I'm not a professional critic, so I'm not terribly concerned with my "credibility". It's just one man's opinion. If watching robots pee on human beings is your thing, that's great. Who am I to judge? Everyone is entitled to their opinions. These are mine.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2013 5:48:36 AM PDT
I watched all three Bayformers movies-hoping they would get better. They didn't. I was a huge fan of the Cartoon series and I wanted to see those characters brought to life on the big screen in a dignified way. Didn't happen But I digress. When Pacific Rim comes out on Blu Ray/DVD, get your popcorn, turn it up loud and become a 10 year old all over again (In a good way). Thanks for your comments.
Posted on Aug 19, 2013 5:56:18 AM PDT
Comparing Transformers to Pacific Rim is like comparing Bottles and Potatoes. You are comparing mecha(human operated suits) to a living organism(Transformers). Jaegers are monster bashing vessels, the transformers are fighting their won race. Sure, there's some teenager bait thrown in there, but it was a successful trilogy in it's own right. Pacific Rim was great and I can't wait to get my hands on the Blu-Ray, but there is no need to trash other franchises to give it a positive review.