Warner Brothers put an embargo on all reviews of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim over the weekend, and usually that is a bad sign for a movie. However, in all honesty, just what exactly can go wrong with del Toro directing giant robots fighting huge monsters? The embargo has been lifted today, and the reviews have begun flooding in after the premiere in London last week.
Worryingly though, even before the reviews role in, Warners and Legendary are a little concerned about the low ticket pre-sales in the US for this enormous film, and there is a general feeling of panic due to the films massive $180 million budget. Personally, I say stop all this panicking, Pacific Rim is going to deliver, and those who for some bizarre reason aren’t sold yet need to chill out and plan to simply have some much needed fun at the cinema. We know it will be cheesy, we know the plot and characters will be wafer thin, because this is all about spectacle, and del Toro finally having the budget he deserves and doing what he does best with it.
Anyway, enough from me, here is a collection of snippets from reviews so far, courtesy of Indiewire:
THR: “Guillermo del Toro’s paradoxically derivative yet imaginative sci-fi epic is everything that monster movies since the beginning of time might have wished they could be.”
Telegraph: ” ‘Pacific Rim begins by defining two new words. The first is ‘Kaiju,’ which means giant beast in Japanese, and the second is ‘Jaeger,’ which is German for hunter. Over the next two hours and 11 minutes, the film goes on to offer a bold, exhaustive and utterly convincing definition of a third word: fun….Whatever our ages, del Toro’s miraculous entertainment boosts us all up to its gleeful point of view, where cities become adventure playgrounds and oceans pools to paddle in. Giant robots, it turns out, can be great levellers.”
The Verge: “Ultimately, all Pacific Rim really needed to be was a clear-eyed, proficient example of high-concept thrill-ride storytelling, whether or not its ‘original’ premise was particularly original. But del Toro accomplishes that task and then some, making one of the most satisfying movies of the summer — and one of the best of his career — by creating not just a new world, but one whose mythology actually deserves a universe.”
Den Of Geek: “The combination of larger-than-life characters, colourful, unusual production design and swirling, rivet-popping action gives ‘Pacific Rim’ a bright, eccentric atmosphere that’s unusual in today’s landscape of serious, sometimes cynical summer movies. It may be lacking in depth and subtlety, but in terms of widescreen impact and sheer enthusiasm, ‘Pacific Rim’ hits its mark with a killer blow.”
HitFix: “You can practically hear Guillermo del Toro sitting just out of camera range and cackling at this big, beautiful, weird-as-hell thrill ride. Whatever happens with the film when it opens, this is what del Toro’s heart looks like if you were to cut it open and lay it out for inspection.”
Bleeding Cool: “‘Pacific Rim’ is one underdeveloped subplot away from summer blockbuster perfection. It’s a big dumb movie that’s fun to watch – but it manages to be epic and daft without insulting the viewer’s intelligence.”
SciFiNow: “This is big, dumb entertainment that’s beautifully detailed, wonderfully shot and tremendously exciting. As endearing, brainless and awesome as a puppy with jetpack, Pacific Rim is the most fun you’ll have all summer.”
SFX: “This is huge scale entertainment with guts and a heart – even if the brain is sometimes lacking during the more human moments.”
3 News: “‘Pacific Rim’ is the big budget monster film del Toro has wanted to make for ages. He’s like a kid in a candy-store with it, and you will be too.”
Total Film: “A huge, CGI-heavy popcorner that still feels personal. Come for the epic monster-on-mecha showdowns, stay for the likeable humans.”
Variety: “…the squarest, clunkiest and certainly loudest movie of director Guillermo del Toro’s career, a crushed-metal orgy that plays like an extended 3D episode of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” on very expensive acid…Here and there, ‘Pacific Rim’ reveals hints of a potentially rich but underdeveloped science-fiction mythology, full of satirical and speculative touches that are ultimately overwhelmed by the fight sequences that represent the film’s raison d’etre.”
Guardian: ” ‘Pacific Rim’ is entirely in keeping with much expensively-made effects-heavy cinema of the present time: it’s put together with such artistry and such devotion that it can’t help but be impressive as a visual spectacle. (del Toro’s devotion to Japanese monster movies is particularly evident.) But, like ‘Man of Steel’ or ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ [sic] it can’t quite bring itself to believe in its own pop-culture disposability and ends up paying the price.”
Empire: “It’s as if del Toro has reverse-imagined his movie from how awestruck boys might stage mock-battles between toy lines. This is a spectacular brute of a film where size rather than technique matters.”
The Wrap: ” ‘Pacific Rim’ offers a few laughs and a few thrills, but it feels like a very large platter serving a disappointingly meager meal. Unlike its scaly cinematic ancestors, it never feels like the kind of movie that’s going to inspire a seven-year-old to roar and knock over the Lego city he built for just that purpose.
And here is the latest, awesome trailer for the film:
Directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim stars Idris Elba (Prometheus), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Charlie Hunnam (Horrible Bosses), Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr, Rinko Kikuchi and Robert Maillet.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Release Date 12th July 2013