Sorry to keep you all waiting, but I’ve been in a slump, so I haven’t had much drive to write much. Hopefully I’ll have more to write about soon, so a couple of blogs to read. This one is about seeing Pacific Rim.
Guillermo Del Toro brings us his homage to Kaiju films, with a modern twist of adding more, and giving it a modern pace. The movie is pretty good, it’s not great, and it’s not going to win awards for its writing, but its a good flick to see. The acting is ok for what the characters are, with one exception, Idris Elba. The man is awesome in pretty much every movie I’ve seen him in and this one allows him to not use his vocal acting chops to change his accent to suit the character. The man is British, so we have his real voice, much like he is in the British TV shows he’s in. The other good mention for acting goes to Ron Perlman, since he’s pretty damn good of an actor and while he’s only in it solely for the purpose of bringing in a sort of dark, comedic role, he doesn’t feel wasted.
The plot is good, it’s just the writing could’ve used a little bit more polish to iron out some of the clichés and tropes found in monster movies. The main character, is believable enough and we care about him enough, at least in the beginning to enjoy the movie, it’s just they hint at certain things with him and Miss Mori, that don’t quite go anywhere, but I guess its to avoid other clichés. The fight scenes are shot and edited very well, unlike the other giant fighting robot trilogy, that I wish didn’t exist because it ruins a childhood memory. Besides Bay’s Transformers, this movie you can see what’s happening in the fight scenes, the camera pulls back, so we don’t have a giant jumble of images.
Story is a little predictable but it works, considering what the movie is. Music is great, since Ramin Dajawadi handles the score, so we have some brilliant and very fitting music for the scenes. I could pick up some instances of similarities in movements to Iron Man, since he did the first movie. If the name isn’t familiar to some, other than Iron Man and Pacific Rim, he also does the music for Game Of Thrones, and Blade: Trinity. To give you an idea of his palette for dramatic music. Also, as a Tidbit, it was a nice treat to have the voice of GlaDOS from the Portal games as the computer voice of Gypsy Danger (the robot/mech).
Final thought on the movie, it’s definitely worth a see if you’re into the old school monster movies, and if you’re into modern special effects and modern pacing.
The next blog is going to be on Broken City, with Mark Wahlberg and Russel Crowe.