Depending on what you are trying to get out of your viewing experience, Pacific Rim is a class A spectacle with a mind-numbingly rehashed premise. If you don't mind the fact that nothing makes sense and the acting is awful, you might enjoy robots exploding their fists into monster skulls.
Beautiful destruction, epic CGI and imaginative monsters undone by shitty one-liners, crappy acting (those 'Australian' accents' lol) and a generic Hollywood rhythm. While still at times awesome escapism, Del Toro is still too much of a innocent 12 year old at heart to make this film a 'Starship Troopers'-style subversive blockbuster. Needs more Verhoeven satire, the spectacle feels too empty otherwise.
It's popcorn fluff that does what it advertises, but it's easily forgotten the moment you exit the cinema. For my money, the "Patlabor" series of stories gave the notion of mecha its most thoughtful and entertaining treatment; all the bells and whistles of Del Toro's rendition just don't compare.
The lack of exploitative 9/11 imagery is refreshing given its growing trend in blockbusters today. What made me love this film were its humanist themes—mankind is faced with armageddon and steps up to the challenge—and Guillermo del Toro's distinctive style of art direction, complementing what's going on inside the characters' heads. The sheer badassery of the many showdowns frequently brought a smile to my face.
Yes! This is it! This is the Hollywood blockbuster I was looking for! Thank you! Seriously fun. Perhaps not emotionally resonant or beautiful like Pan's Labyrinth but who gives a fuck? You know what you're getting in this movie and it is just utterly shameless it all the right ways. Everything you expect in an action movie is here except bigger and slightly weirder. Also Charlie Day is absolutely wonderful.
This is not just a film about "Kaiju Vs Jaeger" bombast blast. It's also a fillm about courage. About redemption. About reminding us of how HORRIBLE BOSSES is the funniest hollywood comedy in the last 5 years. About respect. About Rinko Kikuchi's broken english. A film about Pride. About sacrifice. What a complete motion picture.
Giant robots go head to head with giant monsters in Guillermo Del Toro's bold and brash mashup of Japanese "kaiju" and "mecha" films. Major fun from start to finish, Del Toro delivers the bone crushing action in spades, but he also takes the time to give us characters we care about. It's a bit long, but smartly constructed and spectacularly designed. Everything we could ever ask for in a summer popcorn spectacle.
As someone who grew up with GUNDAM, Patlabor, Godzilla, Mothra, Ultraman, Neon Genesis Evangelion, etc this was really overwhelming for me to watch. Especially knowing how much del Toro also loves the stuff. I feel like know I can sort of understand why Star Wars fans (especially those who watched sci fi through the 50s/60s) stan so hard for it.