Pacific Rim: It’s a Del Toro Action Movie
I am writing this fresh off my Cinetopia trip to see Pacific Rim and the movie has a polarizing effect for sure. There’s lots to digest and dissect. But First and Foremost it’s a Del Toro Action Movie and I don’t mean that in a putdown way. He has a craft unmatched in creating sets, mood, texture, creatures along with bringing out the best of snappy dialogues, and performances with hearts on a fantasy filled CGI world. You can hear it echo throughout every movie and this one in many instances may have some of his best moments to date.
However just like his past action film, Hellboy 2, it failed to carry out its premise at the last 1/3 off the movie, however the upswing here is that the first 2/3 of the movie raises the bar so high, it’s only a fall becuase of that height, not because it was awful by any means.
The other aspect that left me wishing for more were the fights. You would think that a monster bot movie the fights would take center stage, but on this movie they are basically breaks in the Dramatic Build up. For as much as I hate Michael Bay, I kept thinking how well the Transformer movies nailed it in the fights. They were fast paced, multi dimensional, and merged well with the effect of placing the bots in the real world.
On Pacific Rim it felt like you were watching two movies, the action didn’t merge as well, even when the action went inside the bots. It was slow but powerful. Always a limb when flying and it almost felt like a WWE main event where the two old main event superstars would draw out and make you cringe for every punch and every blow. Not becuase the fight itself is entertaining but because of all the build up that led to it, forces it to squeeze out each second of CGI time and have a mini climax in all of them.
Now all the critics may latch on to this weak point, but that, compared to the script and acting of Transformers 3 or any Monster/Bots movie, is nothing.
Now if only the movie had kept the same pacing from the beginning, it would have easily been one of his best movies. However, it is still quite a feat (that until now only Christopher Nolan in IMO can do) to take an almost 200 million dollar movie and make it small, personal, likeable on its merits and not pretending to be part of the Summer Blockbuster factory.
For that he deserves a lot of respect, and should indeed have the chance to further this franchise because theres is plenty of room for movies like this one.