Thursday, August 29, 2013
Pacific Rim (2013)
I know this was about a month ago and most of you guys have probably forgotten about it, but I've seen it myself and I want to give my two cents about it. So here's my review for The Transformers vs. Cloverfield. *audience boos* Okay fine! Pacific Rim!
Plot: The world is being attacked by these giant alien creatures called Kaijus and their only defense has been by creating giant robots that have to be piloted by two people called Jaegers. The story mainly focuses on a pilot named Raleigh who lost his brother during a Kaiju and Jaeger fight and is recruited by his commanding officer, Pentecost to come back and find another pilot to assist him as they make their final stand. So Raleigh tries to get back in the game while he tries to have Pentecost's assistant Mako to be his co-pilot.
Now what really makes this movie is in fact the action and what they come up with for the aliens and at least some of the robots. When it comes to the cinematography, the choreography in the fighting, and with the creativity that they did with some of the features that the robots and mainly the aliens had, Pacific Rim stands as something Michael Bay and Hasbro can learn from for if they ever wanted to actually try to make a Transformers movie that works to go with good story and character development. (That’s the only time in this review that I’m bringing in my personal feelings about how The Transformers has been majorly raped. I promise.) The movements were slow to show how big and massive the robots and aliens were, the camera movement was very still, you can basically see every single thing that was happening. And I really liked what they did with the aliens - especially with how they gave some of them some different abilities. There was one especially that had three different abilities and how they surprised you with its third was is probably the bestpart of the movie in terms of having a very good sense of timing and illusion. I actually saw this movie again with one of my best friends only in IMAX 3D and it came out as one of the VERY few movies like Avatar and Titanic 3D where the 3D really made it a very fun experience. On top of that, it actually had some funny moments. That’s not to say that any joke that was made was beyond hysterical or anything, but it did manage to have a few jokes – usually the ones pulled by Charlie Day - that actually did come out a little funny. I was not really interested in the idea of comedy relief in this movie, but for what they had, it was actually nice. But what really drags this movie are the main characters and the subplots and dialogue that goes with them. Granted, not every single thing about them was a complete cliché, but a lot of what they did was very cheesy and frankly ridiculous in some areas. The first time I saw this movie was with my dad and my youngest brother and the first thing that my dad said after the movie ended that he even put up on Facebook was “Please, oh please, film makers, stop trying to put dialogue in action movies!!!” Now that’s not to say that there aren’t action films that have genuinely good dialogue and characters. I know there are good films that have good dialogue. But sadly, they didn't create characters that were different from the kind of characters you've heard of before and some of the things they say and do you can just predict without a care. I mean Pentecost made this big speech that was just so cliched that it particularly left my brother snickering. All around, they need to actually have truly creative, and memorable characters and dialogue to go with them, or otherwise people who make films like these need to bear in mind my dad's request and close to never bother with them at all.
And that's my review for Pacific Rim. It's by no means memorable with its characters, but it proved to have very smart action, the right kind of cinematography, actual comedy here and there, and some fairly well thought of creativity with creating the design and features of the Jaegers and especially the Kaijus that make it a nice film worth watching at least once or twice.