Pacific Rim

December 26, 2013 at 8:51 am | Posted in 2013 | Leave a comment
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◊ ◊ ½

DVD.  All I can really say about this film is that I enjoyed the hell out of watching it, which isn’t quite the same it’s a great film. I never bothered to see it in the theater because it looked like another dumb action film in the “The Transformers” vein. However, unlike that insufferable series, this film does not take itself seriously. Gone is the heavy handed moral dialogue and deeper message. Instead, we have simple, over-the-top fun. Director Guillermo del Torro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) knows how to play up the absurdity so that the audience is laughing with the movie and not at it.  Likewise, the actors don’t take themselves too seriously here (fortunately, we have no Shia LaBeouf or Megan Fox in the cast). Don’t expect great acting range, even from solid performers like Idris Elba (star of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) and Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”). These guys are not being paid to show complex emotions; they’re being paid to show us a good time and, for the most part, they do. The action scenes are ridiculously fun and the dialogue is laugh-out-loud heavy handed. The same line that made me groan in the previews (“We are cancelling the Apocalypse!”) became hysterical within the context of the rest of the film’s silliness. I’m glad I didn’t see it in the theater; I don’t think it’s worth $12 and I don’t know that I would have had the same experience in a theater full of strangers.  But, sitting on the coach, surrounded by friends or family, with a few drinks in you… how could you not have a good time?

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