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Pacific Rim! Is It Worth Your Money?

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215539-pacific-rim-guillermo-del-toro-superbanner-jaegers-kaiju-header-imagePacific Rim (2013)

Director:
Guillermo del Toro

Producers:
Guillermo del Toro, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Thomas Tull, Callum Greene

Scriptwriters:
Travis Beacham, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Neil Cross

Starring:
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Diego Klattenhoff, Ron Perlman

Pacific Rim is going to be quite a successful film regardless of how I feel about it. Honestly though, I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it. I went from loving this movie, to hating it, and back to loving it again several times a scene.  So I’m going to go down the pros and the cons of this movie so you can decide if it sounds like something you would like.

Pros:

  • Del Toro is known for the breathtaking cinematography in his films. For those of you playing at home who are not big cinephiles, a cinematographer is mostly responsible for the color, lighting, and overall feel of visual aspects of a movie. While Del Toro has no cinematographer credits to his name, his movies do have a distinct visual aesthetic. He usually collaborates with Guillermo Navarro to achieve this, but he also managed to get a very similar feel out of Gabriel Beristain (an otherwise unremarkable cinematographer) for Blade II. Pacific Rim has beautiful color schemes, and light effects that almost make you forget all the cons of this film.
  • Another pro of this movie was the art direction and set design. Everything in this movie is artfully designed, and beautifully pulled off. From the Jagers (robots), to the Kaiju (monsters), and all the sets.
  • While most of the satire in this film fell flat, funny man Charlie Day (Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) made me laugh with almost every line he had.
  • The fight scenes were well choreographed, and exciting to watch. As nerdy as it sounds to say, I enjoyed watching giant robots and giant monsters beat up on each other.
  • Now for the cons, and while I only have two of them, they’re enormous!

    Cons:

  • The writing!  I’m not sure which one of the four script writers is responsible. Maybe it was all four, maybe it was just Travis Beacham. I’m guessing it was Travis Beacham’s fault. There are more than a few major problems with the script.
    1. – The dialogue was unnatural, poorly written, and tacky as hell.
    2. – The story line was too condensed. Honestly they should have made this movie into a trilogy and expanded each of the acts. It honestly felt like an over excited 15 year old Kimmy Gibler was trying to tell the story. Basically, it was so sped up it was hard to make sense out of it.
    3. – I swear to God Beacham must have downloaded a template off the internet to write this script. I’m guessing the file was titled MichaelBayActionFilm.FDX. I can just see him plugging in characters, and locations, adding a little flare, and bam! Transformers 5  Pacific Rim.
  • The editing was awful at best and this only added to the awful script. I won’t go into to much detail about this con, but I will say a movie shouldn’t have the title card pop up almost twenty minutes into it.
  • The truth is, when asked if this movie is worth your money, I’m going to say yes. It was quite fun, and while it won’t go down in my book of movies that changed my life, it was slightly more entertaining than frustrating. You won’t however, see me buying any of the action figures, video game, or watching the cartoon that I’m sure will be coming.

    Overall Rating 6 out of 10

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