Pacific Rim may not be del Toro’s best work, but you can’t help but admire the unabashed enthusiasm of it. Like a little kid with a $100 million budget to make a film about giant monsters fighting giant robots, del Toro goes over-the-top all the way from beginning to end, and if you put your brain in a jar, it’s just a ton of fun. It also doesn’t hurt he named the robots Jaegers, which happens to be MY name, so the sheer auditory rush of 30% of the lines of dialogue in this film is a very personal, very 10-year-old gone mad kind of glee.
The best parts of the film are-wait for it-the fights between giant monsters and giant Jaegers. My favorite fight is the return to action for the hero robot: Gipsy Rose as it takes on the Kaiju nicknamed “Leatherback”. Any fight where things the size of skyscrapers are pummeling each other with cargo containers is something that is just fundamentally RIGHT. The film is also notable for containing perhaps my favorite character name of all time: Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost. That character’s son (played by John Boyega) will star in the film’s sequel, which has-dare I say-Jaeger sized boots to fill? RISE JAEGERS RISE!
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. The reign of terror by the animated middle management baby genre will come to an end this weekend as a box office juggernaut, a highly-acclaimed adaptation of a nonfiction classic, and another horrifyingly bad animated film hit the screens. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/14/2017): Fate of the Furious, The Lost City of Z, Spark
So many of the trailers that came out of Comic Con got me excited for films next year. The only one I saw that left me dumbfounded at how amazingly bad it looked was King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Guy Ritchie may have been able to turn Sherlock Holmes on its head successfully (the first time), but the Arthurian legend and he seem to have been on different planes passing in the night. Charlie Hunan was a great fit on Sons of Anarchy, but it’s become clear in every role since that he’s got absolutely no range. His accent is so all over the place in this trailer, I honestly was laughing by the time it was done. Ritchie’s hyperkinetic offbeat style is not working in this venue, and the special effects look like they cost a fortune. In short, I think this film is going to be one of 2017’s biggest bombs. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is scheduled for a March 24, 2017 release. That puts it head-to-head with the Power Rangers reboot, two weeks after Kong: Skull Island and a week after Beauty & the Beast. In a crammed March, this is going to get flattened. The smartest move would be to reschedule it in a desolate corner of late summer/early fall 2017 when it might even have a chance to win its weekend.
We all kind of had a feeling this was coming when earlier this week Guillermo del Toro announced he was writing a script for the film with Zak Penn, but Legendary Pictures and Universal Studios have officially announced the return of Pacific Rim. Continue reading Pacific Rim 2 Announced; Will Release in 2017
Pacific Rim didn’t quite do it for me. I went in and for whatever reason it just didn’t connect. Anything in a Jaeger/Kaiju scene I loved, but the through plot felt like it had nothing of del Toro in it. A bomb at the box office in the States, the picture may still get a sequel because of the film’s enormous popularity in China. I’ll give this one another chance. It seems all the elements are there: giant robots, monsters, my own freaking last name as the giant robots and giant robots. Also giant robots. Blu Ray/Specs:
The 2-Disc Standard Definition DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:
– Audio Commentary by Guillermo del Toro
– Drift Space
– The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
– The Shatterdome
– Focus Points
– Deleted Scenes
– Blooper Reel
In addition the Blu-ray editions of the film will include all of these and an exclusive featuerette titled “The Director’s Notebook.”
On October 15, the movie will also be available for download in HD or standard definition from online retailers including but not limited to iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu, CinemaNow and more.