Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pacific Rim (2013)

Director: Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman. 131 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Fantasy.

I've never understood del Toro's sense of fantasy. In Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, he created worlds where events were so whimsical and unpredictable, it was very hard to worry for his characters or celebrate their victories. His fantasy is just too ... "fantastical". And now after Man of Steel, we have another Transformers-like spectacle of vast portions of human civilization being senselessly destroyed as a side-effect of building-size monsters and robots fighting and crashing into each other forever. I miss the days when a summer blockbuster consisted of a shark lurking in the waters, or an ape climbing a skyscraper.

PS: The movie opens with the line: "Hey kid ... don't get cocky." Guillermo del Toro is a Star Wars fan.

Mo says:


  1. one of the rare occasions that I fell asleep during this movie, what a waste of time, money , energy ...

    1. To be honest, why Guillermo del Toro has such a big fan base, is beyond me. A few years ago when negotiations with Peter Jackson to make "The Hobbit" were breaking down, they almost went to del Toro.