Hello, friends, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. So long, in fact, that I might change the title to “Occasional Sunday Review;” but, I did watch Pacific Rim last weekend and it was pretty awesome, so let’s just talk about that instead. :)Pacific Rim is a sci-fi / action flick that takes place in the near future, a future in which giant alien monsters are arriving from the depths of the ocean (and another planet/dimension) attacking our coastal cities. In order to fight such goliaths, we create equally gigantic robots to actually engage in hand-to-hand, or robot-hand-to-monster-claw, combat. If it sounds far-fetched, well, just wait until you see the movie.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking the film on its flimsy premise. I personally think a large majority of the science fiction genre requires a certain amount of taking-with-a-grain-of-salt / suspension of beliefs in order to get past the real world physical practicalities (which are often explained away with some techno-babble) and I am okay with that because it’s science fiction. It is meant to be fun and to transcend the limitations of our everyday realities so that we can imagine something more than can be experienced in our day-to-day lives. But, I digress.
Pacific Rim’s plot aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Yes, it is cheesy at points, but what sci-fi adventure isn’t? And the special effects and action scenes more than make up for the lack of riveting dialogue. My point? It is an incredible visual feast, purely designed to entertain, and it does its job well. Director Guillermo del Toro is known for his film’s rich production design (sets, costumes, makeup, etc.) and visual effects and Pacific Rim does not disappoint. The computer generated, or CG, effects are stunning, but, even more impressive, is the fact that Guillermo del Toro actually had the crew build a four-story high robot head complete with special rigging to turn it into a full-on simulator. The actors were then placed inside and bounced around, sprayed with water and basically tortured so that the film feels as realistic as possible. Wanna check it out for yourself?? Watch this awesome little Behind-the-Scenes featurette:
All in all, I’m glad I did not pay the $12+ it costs to see a movie these days (I saw it at a dollar theater), but I am definitely glad I saw Pacific Rim, if only for the effects alone. What little is lacking in the plot and dialogue is more than made up for in the action scenes and even the rare moments of comedy. Guillermo del Toro is definitely filmmaking genius and minor complaints are easily overlooked for what promises to be an entertaining two hours.
Happy Sunday, happy film-watching and, as always, thanks for reading :), Kristi
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