I just saw a preview for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim
giant robots vs monsters movie. It's definitely the theater I
attended, the picture and audio was not good. Perhaps one of the
projections was slightly off, but it made the 3-D worst (one of the
worst 3-D experience I had).
Even with the technical difficulties, I found it hard to actually enjoy
the film. Let me point out the good stuff first, I am of fan of
Japanese giant mechas (Gundam, Robotech, Voltron, etc), and I like the
visual look of giant monsters (Godzilla, Gamera). I thought the
different country's mechas (the Siberian robot looked very tank-like)
and the Ron Perlman character (Hannibal Chow), but neither of those
things get a lot of face time.
Now for the bad: semi-predictable story of a has-been "robot jox" pilot
who return to save the day against the invading Kaiju monsters. The
cheesy dialogues, the science (did that two-person pilot system made
sense to anyone?) and the over-the-top characters (the "buddy"
scientists) … Is this a sci-fi movie or a comedy? Because when you
have characters being kooky or funny, suddenly I cannot accept the truly
serious danger the pilots are in.
One thing that everyone would agree on is that it's visually fun to
watch. I think if you are a child, this may be the most amazing thing
you'll ever see.
opens up in wide release, next, next Friday, July 12, 2013, via Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.