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Pacific Rim (non-specific spoilers only) [Jul. 13th, 2013|11:03 pm]
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I saw Pacific Rim today: excellent film, will see in the theaters again.

If you don't like mecha and/or alien dinosaurs, you probably won't love this movie. It's a lot (a lot) more homage than it is subversion. It's skillfully done homage, though, that draws not only on the obvious anime, Godzilla, Power Rangers, etc. antecedents but on Independence Day and H. P. Lovecraft and Hokusai. At the same time, it's not derivative (though the Independence Day parallels in particular are strong enough that I wouldn't recommend watching the two films back-to-back). This isn't a Godzilla/Power Rangers mash-up; it's a film that both is a love song to these genres and that also has its own story to tell.

And though I don't think you can love this movie without appreciating one or both of the aforementioned tropes, I think you could still enjoy it a lot if you love any of the following: 1) action movies with heart, 2) stories about families, both born and chosen, 3) stories about damaged people learning how to heal, 4) visually beautiful films, 5) Idris Elba.

P.S. Needs more fic!

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[User Picture]From: gillianinoz
2013-07-14 03:41 am (UTC)

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Idris Elba and Rinka Kikuchi stole every scene they were in, didn't they?

I loved the movie, felt the anime vibe and the cgi was brilliant. Def buying the DVD when it come out. :-)

[User Picture]From: jain
2013-07-14 02:23 pm (UTC)

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They really did! I didn't know who Rinka Kikuchi was prior to this film, and I actually spent so much of the film worrying that they would screw up Mako's characterization somehow that I couldn't really immerse myself in the character. One of the many reasons I want to see the movie again is so that I can let myself enjoy Mako fully, now that I know that she stays awesome all the way to the end.