Guillermo del Toro has done a good
[spoiler=in more detail]Okay. So, on the one hand, there's the pure, dumb fun of giant mechas beating up giant lizard monsters by using ships as baseball bats and randomly producing swords in space. That's fun.
Then there's the fact that Guillermo del Toro has clearly seen a good bit of mecha anime and Kaiju movies and this movie is a huge love letter to all of them. Not deconstructing, not taking the piss, just pure mecha-vs-kaiju awesomeness.
Then there are the really goddamn good characters. Mako: a central, female, asian character who is fully rounded and has her own character development. YAS. In fact, lots of varied, well-rounded characters with their own development and relationships and just really, really good. I sobbed when Herc and Chuck Hansen were saying goodbye because Herc clearly knew he was never going to see his son again T_T Newt had me laughing a lot too, and Gottlieb (and I've only seen Burn Gorman in Dark Knight Rises and Torchwood, so seeing him in this awkwardly geeky role is kinda weird, but the great thing is that I soon started seeing him as Gottlieb instead of Burn Gorman, which is when you know a character is quite good) was great as well, especially when he went into the drift with Newt. (And that glimpse in there of a child Gottlieb getting bullied and crying in the corner... LET ME HUG HIM). The Marshall was just awesome all around, too.
Also wanna go back and add my love for the Russian couple and the Chinese triplets and their mechas. I really, really wish we could've seen more of them. I would completely play a video game where I get the option to have three chainsaw arms or just be giant and smash the shit out of everything.
And just the whole concept of the Drift was lovely. It went a long way towards developing the relationship between Mako and Raleigh; the emphasis on compatibility and sharing each others' entire brains made it entirely believable that they'd develop a deep bond in a short space of time. After all, all the other pilots are either close relatives or a married couple. It's very sciency but basically it's a soul-deep bond and I have already seen fanart of all of the AUs of everyone's OTPs drifting and it's lovely.[/spoiler]
I don't think I'm being very coherent about why I love this movie but I really do. Go see it. GO SEE IT. GIVE GUILLERMO DEL TORO YOUR MONEY.
Vylash wrote:Really loved Pacific Rim except for the romance
mangaluva wrote:or forced
Akonyl wrote:mangaluva wrote:or forced
my main issue with it was how forced it felt, tbh. Even if it was extremely minor, what did happen was just so poorly done I literally laughed at one point because of it.
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