Filmmaker, Guillermo Del Toro, (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape Of Water) was hired to help out screenwriter, Travis Beacham, to polish his screenplay called, “Killing On Carnival Row.” The script is about a giant robot battling a giant monster. After Guillermo came up with a theme involving survivor’s guilt in much a realistic tone, rather than a goofy lookin’ Power Rangers episode. Production Company, Legendary Pictures, purchased the film rights to Beacham’s script. After two years of production, Killing On Carnival Row, was renamed as “Pacific Rim.”
Pacific Rim was released in 2013. It received positive reviews from critics and made a bunch of money at the box office. Due to the success surrounding Pacific Rim, Warner Bros. & Legendary Pictures decided to reboot Godzilla as the first installment of a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, (MCU for short) under the name, “MonsterVerse.”
Now that Pacific Rim: Uprising is officially out in theaters. I want to share what’s good or bad about this particular Humans Vs. Kaiju film.
This review doesn’t contain no big fat SPOILERS. You are allowed to read this article if you never got a chance to view the whole thing.
Gigantic: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day & Rom Perlman all did an excellent job on their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Both Charlie Hunnam & Ron Perlman worked together in FX’s biker drama series, Sons Of Anarchy. Maybe Guillermo is a fan of the show.
Fight Scenes between Robots & Kaiju Monsters got my adrenaline level off the charts, reminded me of a Megazord battling a random monster from Power Rangers. Unlike Power Rangers, Pacific Rim cranks the David Vs. Goliath scenario Up To Eleven!
Guillermo Del Toro did an excellent job on co-writing, co-producing & directing the picture.
Guillermo was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s work, most notably Cthulhu & Francisco Goya’s patining, “The Colossus.” As a visual reference depicting a giant monster walking in the background of a village.
According to Guillermo, he confirmed that Charlie Day’s character, Dr. Newton Geiszler, is based on J.J. Abrams’ mannerisms/personality such as his no in-door voice. J.J. is also a good friend to Guillermo.
C.G.I. looked very gorgeous. I didn’t bat an eye on too much C.G.I. it felt real from the naked eye. I’m giving the Special Effects team an Extra Point for making the creatures & robots realistic as possible.
Composer, Ramin Djawadi, (Game Of Thrones Westworld, Iron Man) orchestrated instrumental musical pieces.
Mecha & Creature Designs didn’t look incredibly ridiculous, they were unique & cool lookin’ at the same time. Plus, action figures were used in one scene.
Mechas in the film are called “Jaegers,” their body language is inspired by John Wayne’s trademark walk to give the Jaegers a cowboy based attitude that represents law enforcers from The Old West while Kaiju are based on most wanted criminals.
Without giving too much away, Idris Elba’s character, Marshal Pentecost, suffers from a side effect that forced him to retire as a pilot.
Cinematography felt normal without any technical difficulties present throughout.
Opening Scene sets up The Plot carefully on how Kaiju showed up in the first place.
Rinko Kikuchi’s character, Mori, has a tragic back story that motivated her to fight Kaiju. I won’t tell you what’s it’s all about, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Chemistry between Becket & Mori felt organic without shoving any early romance down your throat. Thank goodness one of them didn’t end up too soon. I really hate a premature romance between two people that kinda feels contrived.
During The Climatic Battle, one of the main characters delivers a heroic sacrifice. I refuse to tell you who it is, you’re gonna have to see for yourself.
If you’re a fan of the video game called Portal, Ellen McLain, (voice of GLaDOS) voices the robot’s A.I.
There’s a Mid-Credits Scene which is played for laughs.
The End Credits dedicates monster movie pioneers, Ishirō Honda & Ray Harryhausen, as the ones who influenced Kaiju monsters as pop culture icons.
Tiny: One character manages to survive from being eaten alive by a Kaiju. How the heck did that one guy who somehow survives from being literally eaten alive? Did he somehow acquired Wile E. Coyote’s ability to miraculously cheat death?
The Final Verdict: A-
I think Pacific Rim is one of the best Kaiju films of all time right next to Kong: Skull Island & Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong. If you’re eager to see Pacific Rim Uprising, go ahead and give the first movie a watch. It’s a requirement for you to watch the first movie, because the second installment will make you feel lost on the mythology surrounding the picture.
Rumor has it that a possible crossover with Pacific Rim, might be part of the MonsterVerse. Who knows if this is gonna happen in the future. Well, will have to see if Legendary Pictures may come up with the inclusion of mecha fighting Godzilla along with his allies & foes. If they cross paths, I’ll be the first in line to see it on the largest screen available!