Tuesday, 23 July 2013

I wouldn't bother keeping your Pacific Rim action figures in their original boxes, it wasn't that good

I was high-fived by a woman in Yo Sushi! for just being a bit ~meh~ about Guillermo del Toro's new film Pacific Rim. Apparently we are one of a few people that just didn't get why we needed new bombastic mecha versus monster film. And after watching this, you may wonder why too.
Now don't get me wrong, its not that I didn't enjoy Pacific Rim, I just didn't see what del Toro was trying to offer us that was different. You had the obvious references to the classic Godzilla (Gojira-1954), aswell as the Japanese inspired human operated machines called mecha (mashed up perfectly in 1974's Gojira tai Mekagojira - Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla). There was also plently of rip offs from other Japanese kaiju in del Toro's versions, most noticably in 1969 Gamera Tai Daiakuju. You kind of think a young Guillermo would of grown up watching these films and always dreamed of making his own.
 Its a shame really that they couldn't really of come up with a half decent script. Yes, there was a story arch that you could follow, but any emotion and intelligence to understand the grave circumstances happening must of been scribbled out of the script in order to make room for more fighting. As the BFI states in their review of the film, the protagonists seem long ago lobotomised. It's a bit of a double edged sword - the fighting in this film makes up for any vacancies in emotion, but without that, all the fighting becomes meaningless. By the end of it I was feeling a bit sorry for the kaiju; they're only trying to survive too, same as the humans.
You can listen to our full review on iTunes or via Podbean. Let us know what you thought of Pacific Rim.

Layla


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