Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Pacific Rim Review
Pacific Rim does have decent story progression. It gets to the point (let's see giant things smash little things while beating the crap out of each other) very quickly without a lot of origin exposition and discovering how to deal with Earth's sudden dramatic paradigm shift. It gives you what you need to know and then moves on to the smashy smashy. The problem is that the actual delivery of that story is quite bad. The writing (especially dialogue) is done very poorly and it is delivered atrociously by the actors (especially Charlie Hunnam). There is too much emphasis on getting the dramatic camera angle and not enough on telling the story. Then they went a little overboard in making the characters seem to be straight off the pages of a comic book (the Russians, Mako Mori, Hannibal Chau, etc.) making them unrelateable (this would be forgiven somewhat if it was based on a graphic novel). It's made worse by the large number of plot holes and logical flaws that can be seen throughout; in particular, how the Jaegers are used.
The good in this movie is in the effects, makeup and action. The monsters and robots are fantastically created and I liked how they were all different. Everything looks very realistic with minimal flaws. They also stayed away from the overly shaky camera work that film makers love now for some stupid reason. This lets the viewer see and take in the maximum amount of action and those parts are a joy to watch.
Visually, it is good. But del Toro's efforts to make it more light-hearted than other recent summer action blockbusters wind up actually making it more of an eye-roller and forehead-slapper. So it narrowly misses a See recommendation and gets pushed into Don't See.