Went to see Pacific Rim with Gert last night. I didn’t really know anything about the movie. Hadn’t even heard about it until a day or three ago. Didn’t know what to expect except “Godzilla-like monsters” and “giant robots”. I’m always up for sci-fi (related) things, and I’d seen a few gifsets on tumblr about the movie that made me think I’d like it. So when Gert, rather urgently, suggested we do a movie, I suggested Pacific Rim. He (obviously) said yes.
After a quick stop at the Burger King we headed to see the movie, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. The plot was more sci-fi, and less ridiculous, than I had expected. I liked the characters, and their interactions. And I loved Mako. A female character that gets to walk around in a normal uniform instead of a sexy outfit that doesn’t give any protection at all, a woman who can fight just as well as the guys, is just as damaged as the guys and can generally hold her own among the guys without the movie constantly getting in our face that OMG it’s a guuuuurl.
I liked the idea of the pilots needing to be brain-connected to be able to control the Jaegers, but I would have liked to see a bit more about how it works and what its effects are. Besides the giant flashback to Mako’s childhood, we don’t much get to see that, and I would have liked to know more about the effects of the neural handshake outside of the actual piloting. Does it linger, do you always keep basic access to each others memories? Bits and pieces with the other pairs would seem to suggest this, but I always like more of the sciencey stuff.
In that regard, I looooved the Doctors. Doctor German (I forgot his name), is more well known to me as Owen from Torchwood, and I could not stop myself from just calling him Owen in my mind. I loved how he played his character. Newton was fun, too, but a bit too naive at points. The interplay between was awesome thought. Even though they bicker a lot, they come through for each other in the end.
And Ron Perlman. Not much to say about him, he was really just the same sort of guy as he often is in movies. Gruff, rough and very in your face. But I love him for it 😀
Idris Elba was brilliant. I haven’t seen him (consciously) in a lot of stuff, but I loved his character, and I can see why many people would like him to be an incarnation of The Doctor.
Raleigh, I kept thinking “I know this actor, I know this actor”, but I couldn’t place him and that distracted me some. But he was nice to look at, a decent guy and I really enjoyed his relationship with Mako.
Other, major high point? No love story. None of that crap of the rugged and damaged pilot falling in love with the fragile and damaged new copilot leading to danger in the middle and an eventual triumph. They became friends, and obviously really close because of the Drift but no romance. Yay! Give me more non–romance!
Ooh, and I just spy on the Internets that there will be a Pacific Rim 2 😀