Review: 'Pacific Rim'
"Alright, I’ll tell you, because it’s cool." Charlie Day’s character sums up all of ‘Pacific Rim’ so perfectly with just one line. The film looks stunning. The art direction, lighting, coloring, CGI, creature design, costume design and set design are all exemplary. The look of Guillermo del Toro’s latest is utterly unique and absolutely wondrous on a massive screen (and in 3D). The large and small scale battles are awesome, in the proper sense of the word, without weighing you down with grief and mass on-screen casualties. Additionally, the pacing of the script and the tone of the whole thing properly reinforce its set pieces and Del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham thoroughly shade a deep universe and mythology. 
If only a little bit more time had been paid to the human characters. The human element of the story, of the little guy standing up to the big guy, and people coming together (literally) to bring down an enormous foe is ultimately lost. Charlie Day and Ron Pearlman are delightful in their scenes together and deliver much needed levity, but their efforts end up not being enough. Similarly, Idris Elba delivers the gravitas and speaks the words that would accompany “canceling the apocalypse,” but it all falls short of feeling grounded. And then you have Charlie Hunman, who by some error in either writing, acting or both, is cardboard and can’t ring out a drop of empathy from the audience. 
In one of the film’s more telling scenes, the breastplate is being removed off a Jaeger (giant robot) and the characters marvel at the “heart” underneath. To the audience, it looked more like a bunch a of glowing wires and mechanics. Like Day said, it’s cool — but not much beats at the center.
SPOILERY Stray thought: The film had the same exact ending as ‘The Avengers.’ Apparently the way to defeat violent aliens invading from another dimension is to hurl a nuclear bomb into the wormhole.

Review: 'Pacific Rim'

"Alright, I’ll tell you, because it’s cool." Charlie Day’s character sums up all of ‘Pacific Rim’ so perfectly with just one line. The film looks stunning. The art direction, lighting, coloring, CGI, creature design, costume design and set design are all exemplary. The look of Guillermo del Toro’s latest is utterly unique and absolutely wondrous on a massive screen (and in 3D). The large and small scale battles are awesome, in the proper sense of the word, without weighing you down with grief and mass on-screen casualties. Additionally, the pacing of the script and the tone of the whole thing properly reinforce its set pieces and Del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham thoroughly shade a deep universe and mythology. 

If only a little bit more time had been paid to the human characters. The human element of the story, of the little guy standing up to the big guy, and people coming together (literally) to bring down an enormous foe is ultimately lost. Charlie Day and Ron Pearlman are delightful in their scenes together and deliver much needed levity, but their efforts end up not being enough. Similarly, Idris Elba delivers the gravitas and speaks the words that would accompany “canceling the apocalypse,” but it all falls short of feeling grounded. And then you have Charlie Hunman, who by some error in either writing, acting or both, is cardboard and can’t ring out a drop of empathy from the audience. 

In one of the film’s more telling scenes, the breastplate is being removed off a Jaeger (giant robot) and the characters marvel at the “heart” underneath. To the audience, it looked more like a bunch a of glowing wires and mechanics. Like Day said, it’s cool — but not much beats at the center.

SPOILERY Stray thought: The film had the same exact ending as ‘The Avengers.’ Apparently the way to defeat violent aliens invading from another dimension is to hurl a nuclear bomb into the wormhole.

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  5. caitlinrstark said: Inaccurate. The wormhole in the Avengers was closed by Natasha using Loki’s staff. The nuclear bomb, that govts deployed toward NYC, was taken into the wormhole by Tony Stark to save Manhatten. It didn’t need to happen for the wormhole to close.
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  8. tealtasticlifestyle said: Also the credits…. super slick camera pan shots of the Jagers? That was straight from Avengers…
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  11. tyndalecode said: Forget the exact same ending as The Avengers… it had the same plot and story as Independence Day. Not necessarily a bad thing, but so apparent.