Saturday, July 13, 2013

Go See Pacific Rim!

Yesterday,  the robots and monsters of Pacific Rim burst into theaters across the U.S. Today, I saw it, and knew immediately afterward that I had to review this movie.
Pacific Rim is Mexican director Guillermo del Toro's latest film. The man known for his insane imagination and horrifyingly beautiful monsters (just look at Pan's Labyrinth) brings giant robots and extra-dimensional monsters together in oceanic battles to the death. And it works!
The film shows a not-so-distant future where Earth is invaded from a dimensional bridge at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Giant monsters, known as "Kaiju," cross this bridge to wreak havoc on the planet. Humanity joins together and starts the "Jaeger Program," building giant mechanical titans controlled by two pilots. These Jaegers defend the planet from the onslaught of Kaiju and cause a lot of property damage in the process.
Kind of like this ... but better!
It's basically a nerd's wet dream.

Watching this movie is kind of like watching a Japanese cartoon with mecha in it, which is fitting because the plot is just about as predictable as a Japanese cartoon with mecha in it. But that doesn't matter! Just about everything else makes up for the predictable plot. Plus, it's too fun not to enjoy!
Industrial Light and Magic's special effects were wonderful in the movie. They deserve a neural handshake or two. Working together with the film's designers, the Jaegers and Kaiju were brilliantly brought to life.
The music of Pacific Rim perfectly sets the tone for the world the movie presents. Electric guitar, orchestral strings, and brass are brought together in a unique, somewhat futuristic and light, way. And booming heavy notes from the low brass create a sense of just how huge the giant robots and extra-dimensional monsters really are.
I almost forgot to mention one of my favorite parts of the whole movie: Charlie Day's character.
Kaiju and bird law expert.
The Always Sunny star's character provides some excellent comic relief and is largely important to the plot overall. As someone who enjoys Day's character, Charlie Kelly, on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia seeing him in a slightly different role in a movie was very enjoyable ... and it allowed for this to happen.

In case you couldn't tell, I loved Pacific Rim! It was one of the most fun movies I've seen this summer and the only word I can think to describe it is "epic!" I highly recommend seeing this movie!

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