Pacific Rim

A film from last week, one that I hadn’t planned on seeing. Well, you know, this is original stuff for many, but if you’ve watched as much anime and Godzilla as I have, well, yeah.

Except that Pacific Rim started getting good reviews. So, off I went.

If this is the future, I want in, giant monsters notwithstanding. Reasons?

1. Idris Elba. I’m up for any future where Idris Elba is the tragic, enigmatic guy in charge, and for a change, he doesn’t have a fake Southern accent (I’m looking at you, Prometheus!)

2. The future is multicultural. Well, mostly Asian, given that the future seems to be set in Hong Kong this time around. HOWEVER, Russians, Taiwanese, Australians and Japanese people save the world.

3. Women do things. They don’t just have things done to them, and rely on men to save them. The only thing I would have liked that was missing was a woman scientist on the science team.

4. I did mention Idris Elba, yeah?

The movie is a new type of offering from Guillermo del Toro, which I think raises his real estate in the world of film making. The characters are thought through, and while some of them are clearly more complicated than others, there’s enough meat in this film to satisfy a character driven viewer like myself. For those of us who have husbands who have Godzilla in three continuity strands, the kaiju impress less, yet the effects are pretty good. I would like less day-glo Cthullu vibe if I had my way, but no one asked me. Still, great armor. Great destruction. Fairly good acting.

So, go check it out. It is a movie that benefits from the large screen, and I would even say that the 3D is worth your time. Lots of monster goo, missiles, energy blasts, all that.

Next up: Rose of Versailles. I should finish Oscar’s journey very soon.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

6 thoughts on “Pacific Rim”

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed Pacific Rim. Turn off the brain and watch huge mechs go toe to toe with massive Godzilla types.

    I didn’t think as much of the characters as you did. The two scientists, for instance, were parody. Mako was [insert determined girl with tragic backstory here]. I thought there were plenty of holes, such as regards the EMP vulnerability/invulnerability and “SWORD!” (damn, why didn’t you use that 10 minutes ago!). Oh, and there’s “hey, you just picked up a humongous iron weapon to hit him with…what, the titanium weapon on the end of your arm is not as good?” I have to stop now.

    But, like I say, I loved it. Ron Pearlman was, as usual, excellent. And, like you, I really enjoy seeing Idris Elba, though I’m sure not in the same way you did. 😀

  2. Yeah, I would have liked to see a woman scientist, and maybe one who wasn’t a ridiculous stereotype (the scientists were my least favorite part of the film). Have you seen Pan’s Labyrinth?

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