On Saturday, friends of ours generously offered to babysit our three so David and I could go see Pacific Rim. The best time for us ended up being an afternoon showing in 3D–and we very nearly had a private viewing. My thoughts:
1. *squee* giant ROBOTS!
2. Wow. I have NO interest in ANY of the movies they’re showing previews for
3. I’m glad it’s dark–these 3D glasses aren’t really fashionable, are they?
4. EEEEEE! GIANT ROBOTS!
5. Hmm, this 3D thing isn’t half bad…
6. GIANT ROBOTS BEATING UP GIANT MONSTERS!
So, ahem, yes. I really enjoyed the movie, but then I imprinted on giant robots very early. When I was a wee Montessori-going tot (3 or 4), my absolutely favorite video was Mazinger Z, which I watched every single day after school–all four episodes we owned. Later on, I graduated to Voltron and Transformers. I love my robots.
And I loved the homage this movie paid to the genre. There was one scene where
I almost jumped out of my seat, wanting to yell out, “Form blazing sword!”
But I’m a grownup, so I restrained my inner eight-year-old.
I almost always find character development lacking in movies (well, yes, I do write novels, after all), so the fact that it was on the light side in Pacific Rim didn’t bother me too much. There were characters I wish we’d spent more time with and premises that I couldn’t help extrapolating in my head (I’m a writer, I can’t help it). I liked that piloting a jaeger was an intense physical and emotional experience. I was fascinated by the two-pilot system and I felt that there was a LOT of interesting conflict in the Drift premise that didn’t get explored, but I appreciated they kept the movie focused on the “last man… er, robot… standing between humanity and extinction” plot.
Oh, and the movie also automatically got points for not being a reboot, a sequel, or an adaptation, all of which I’m rather sick of, even though I watched The Hobbit this year and will probably go see Ender’s Game (does that make me a hypocrite? But I’m also passing on Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Man of Steel, Star Trek, etc.).
But what made Pacific Rim for me?
Awesome giant robots fighting awesome giant monsters.