Monday, May 5, 2014
Pacific Rim (2013)
Similar: Not very much. Maybe Evangelion just happier.
This crazy enjoyable but not only for the effects. Yes gigantic robots slugging it out with giant aliens make for a really fun movie. And look at it:
It's a gorgeous movie. The effects don't fail to please. If you've always wanted to see a giant robot movie, I don't know why you haven't seen this yet. But what gets to me the most about the movie is the people. The characters that others never seem to talk about are the people.
Since this is a near future story, the oldest characters in the show were born in 1980 with the main characters being born in the mid- to late-90s and even some in the early 2000s. All of these characters are essentially millennials. There is so much talk about how lazy of a generation the millenials are (which is an entirely different and very long discussion) and this movie does a lot to stifle that. To bad no one wanted to listen. I mean the major quote that sums up the movie is that "We have chosen to not only believe in ourselves but in each other." The Jeagers function by literally joining consciousnesses with another person to share the burden. The movie's premise is that the Jeagers were created by all of the countries that had put aside all of their differences to not let humanity die. Cold War anyone? I mean the main four Jeager teams are from the US, Australia, Russia, and China. COLD WAR ANYONE? Pacific Rim wants to tell you something beyond amazing special effects.
In movies like these you have the main character. It's his (and yes his) goal to defeat the enemy with the help of his crew. But it is still about him. How great he was and how great he will be. And bam. That's it. The main character jumps in his giant robot and saves the day.
Does Pacific Rim think like that? A little. But it's a giant step in a better direction. Not only is the main character, Raleigh, shown as mentally and physically damaged (which he acknowledges so much that he tries to run away), but his character acts as an emotional support to the female lead Mako.
He's in awe of her skill and literally argues with the Marshall to give her that chance she deserves. He fights someone that insulted her using his fighting style and then using her fighting style. Yes she could have fought the dude herself and owned him but Raleigh is also easily provoked, which she counter-balances. She also couldn't fight because of where she was trying to get to. Raleigh knew that he could do what he wanted without getting in too much trouble. Look at them. They are adorable:
Mako is a wonderful, wonderful character that fights to where she wants to be, is respectful to those that actually deserve it, is reserved when she wants to be and kicks ass when she wants to. She leads a restoration team for gigantic robots and even pilots them. She is a strong woman, yes, but more importantly she is an actual character. She isn't strong because it's convenient to have a strong woman. She's strong because he character desired to be. Having strength is a character trait of Mako Mori, it's not what her character is.
And they are both a psychological mess that needs each other.
The rest of the characters are just as wonderful. There is these two:
The Australian Father/Son duo:
Ron Perlman shows up:
See this movie please. It is much more than a giant brawling match. It's been labeled as nothing more than that which makes me so sad. The only way this movie could have been better was if it was done from Mako's point of view. Other than that it's a great movie that emphasizes working together to solve a problem rather than hiding and waiting until it goes away (if it even will).
First group of gifs
Third gifs - wont link to original
The Russians gif
Chinese triplets gif