What can I say about this movie....
First off, the commercials were killer. I had to see this movie. It was
like rock'em sock'em robots / Gundams vs Godzilla monsters / Too freaken
cool not to.
Now, I wasn't expecting a huge amount of captivating story considering
what the commercials presented, but that is OK. Because the one movie
pet peeve I have is the commercials are misleading. As long as I get
exactly what I expected, if not more, I'll accept that.
The story is about a lost Gipsy Danger Jaeger Pilot, Raleigh Becket
[Charlie Hunnam] that is still mourning the loss of his brother years
ago to a kaiju battle. He is summoned to pilot again for a final mission
to destroy the rift portal where the Kaiju come out of to end the war
against the beasts. The year is 2O25, humanity's last hope rests in the
dying Jaeger program. However he needs a second pilot to help run the
revitalized Gipsy Danger Jaeger and not just anyone will do.
Overall really freaken cool. I liked it. It has its issues, but the
battle scenes more than make up for its short comings. And I'm really
glad they spend most of the movie beating ass rather than try to bore us
with their terrible story arc.
The acting is by far...lifeless and dull. I really didn't feel it from
the actors. When the little crying Japanese girl and the two nerds make
up the bulk of good acting....you got a problem. Most of the actors are
fairly unknown to me, but I guess they have been in TV and various other
films from what I understand. I just didn't care for their performance.
It was kind of cheesy...which brings me to scripting.
The lines in this film...are dumb. The motivations often times are dumb.
And I hate to say it...but they took the story one level deeper than
they should have with the reasoning behind the monster attacks. They
originally stated something along the lines that the monsters came out
of no where and they were hunting. Something of that nature. They end up
taking it one level further [I wont explain how] and gave an
explanation that really made me think...NAAAAhhhhhh, that's stupid. What
else do you got? Really? That's it? That's the reason you are going with? That was poorly thought out.
Every time these guys talk, they were corny as hell. They displayed very typical
tough guy attitudes that was reminiscent of GI Joe. I cringed when they
had a small moment to interact with each other. Which is why I was very glad they just gave up on developing the story
and just kept throwing more action scenes in. This is one of the few
times I was actually more excited to see things explode than witness
real story evolve.
The action was seriously the reason I went to watch this film. It was
totally ****ing sick. I loved it. The only thing that frustrated me was
how difficult it was to kill the Kaiju with the current Jaegers they
had. It kind of got annoying after a while. They are stabbing the living
shit out of these creatures and they aren't dead yet? I joust a rhinoceros with a ten foot sword and at least after 5 good stabs I'm
pretty sure hes going to slow down at least a tad. That was the only thing that bugged
me. I know they were high category monsters...but still. One of them at
one point manages to magically grow wings...which really just baffled
me. It was unexpected and not in a good way.
Some extra neat moments for me:
What I was happy most about in this movie is there was a bit more
diversity than usual. Sure the main character is a white American male
that is unpredictable and ****y [typical stereotype]. But I liked how the main female character is Japanese. Its rare to see a good Asian
representation that isn't meant for comedy and isn't fondled as the
helpless love interest. No, she kicks ass and takes names. I was pretty
excited about that. And I was really excited how their "love interest"
ended. It was just right and surprisingly pleasant. I was pretty
satisfied how that went. What a great handshake they had. ha.
Conclusion: Not Guillermo Del Toro's best work. Pan's Labyrinth was
WAAAAAAYYYY better. Characters were a bit cardboardish, story was
half-ass thought out, but the action was really killer and fun to watch
the robots spank giant monsters back to the hole they crawled out of. Plus
the visual effects are like a nerdgasm on screen. I seriously was so
excited all the way through.
P.S. There is something after the first set of credits...so don't leave so quickly.