I love my job. I review films for Juice.ph and I get invited to advanced screenings and I have been anxiously and eagerly waiting for Pacific Rim. I love Guillermo del Toro and was excited to see Rinko Kikuchi in the cast. The advanced screening was set in Mall of Asia’s IMAX 3D theatre, and judging by the trailer, there is no other way I wanted to see this film than on IMAX 3D.
My review can be found here: Pacific Rim: Big is Better.
I really enjoyed myself. What a film! I thought that there were some moments that were too light-hearted and I could have used just a little bit more drama; but I’m not complaining. My big complaint is that I wanted more Jaegers. There wasn’t enough of them! What they gave us was a lot but I wanted more. I wanted so much more. My scifi geek bones are shaking with how much I wanted more.
But I’ve been a fan of Idris Elba now that I’ve finished The Wire and I’ve always been beguiled by Rinko Kikuchi; and it’s funny because I’ve only seen her in one film. I thought she was amazing in Babel but, man, I love how she was able to capture the right feel of anime and camp and epic scifi in that very nuanced performance. I loved her.
And it is so nice to see Charlie Hunnam again. He has grown up to be a very beautiful man. There were gratuitous shirtless scenes which sort of turned me off (but very excusable because it was so appreciated at the same time) but I was amazed by how well he was able to match the tone of the whole film. Scifi of this style requires a great balance of camp and comic book bravado with a good dose of vulnerability and I think he was able to capture that really well. I hope we get to see more of him in more films in the future.
Never were Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Hunnam ever swallowed by the massive special effects or the grandness of the fight scenes. They were instrumental to the scenes. It was lovely.
I really, really, really enjoyed Pacific Rim and if you can get to see it on IMAX 3D, please do. It was filmed with it in mind and you get maximum enjoyment from the staging and the production design.