Firstly, I went and saw me some PACIFIC RIM with the G-Fest crew. MAN what an amazing time at the theater - it was like watching a wrestling match. The theater rocked with elated cheers as steel fist smashed against reptilian flesh and bone.
As to the plot...I reached a strange revelation while at my table during the convention proper. If PACIFIC RIM, flaws and all, were an animated feature...would anyone have ANY complains about it? Personally I prefer the live-action-cartoon approach - it makes the universe feel all the more rich as a sumptuous visual feast.
That being said, the film isn't performing the way it should. It may pull a HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and stick around for a time, earning its money over a period of time, but it's not looking great at the moment. Go see it! And a second and third time! There's a lot riding on PacRim's success so go support it!
In other new, HOLY CRAP THE GODZILLA ENCOUNTER LOOKS AMAZING.
Included is a peek at some concepts for the new Godzilla - a very traditional, and somewhat crocodilian, monster design. And there's supposedly a look at the FINAL design at the end of the "tour"! Plus, there's some of my own art on display! Can YOU spot it?!
But, but, I already saw Pacific Rim twice...in IMAX 3D... on opening day...
Otachi is my favorite Kaiju from PacRim.
Knifehead and the huge crab were interesting though.
Visually, there has never been a better kaiju film than Pacific Rim, amazing effects & beautiful photography. The story though... thin... very thin. That disappoints me but it doesn't really detract from the film itself, which achieves it's goal: to be an amazing monsterfest!
Those pictures really make me excited. If they're willing to go that far into the minutia of the universe than the movie has an excellent chance of being a fan pleaser. We should also keep in mind that if PR is dumb mindless action, than Godzilla is going to be completely different. It will be smart, hard and serious, which is what Godzilla NEEDS to be right now to survive and be noticed.
Also: did anyone else stay to the very end of the credits? There was no teaser but there was a dedication to Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda. That was sweet.
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Iron Man had a formulaic origin story, that story's freshness and intelligence came from it's investment in it's character's, that's what made it special. Pacific Rim is a "dumb" movie, pure entertainment no brain matter or deep thought required and that's okay, sometimes we all feel like having some junk food.
My only SERIOUS critique (again, it's a character matter) is that none of the Kaiju seemed to have any personalities. You could've switched which monster was fighting when and never really noticed a difference. None of them stuck out to me as a CHARACTER. In a Godzilla movie everyone here, Jaeger's included, would've basically been just cannon fodder, minions not players. Godzilla's sheer PRESENCE and CHARISMA would've overwhelmed everyone else on screen. Even the Class 5 Kaiju was pretty much a let-down. That's the only flaw I would claim detracts from this film's contributions to the genre.
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... Huh the last guy I taked about this with he was trying to argue logic into the movie lol I do kinda have to agree with the Kaiju angle, buuuut then again Godzilla had the movie to himself when he debuted. I might have helped if the class five had showed up earlier or if the Kaiju that killed out main character brother had been serious scarred and the upgraded to a class five. But then those are all "coulda woulda shoulda" statements. Perhaps in PR2.
Yeah that might've helped with the Class 5 (MAYBE), but the ending kind of feels like they just ran out of ideas. I mean it's just a total rip-off of Independence Day, which is annoying but more severely nothing really interesting HAPPENS during the big final kaiju battle. The fight is really basic and argueably boring, like they blew all their good ideas on the big Hong Kong throwdown and left nothing for the ending!
Definitely the best Action movie of the year, and I would love to see an animated series of this franchise.