This movie is 2,500 tons of awesome! I caught an early advance show last night.
I know there’s another thread here mentioning being “strangely psyched” to go see it, but having seen it, I’m already past that point. I’m already psyched to go see it again! Now I have to find some time this weekend to catch the IMAX 3D version.
On hovering over the title, even boxed spoilers get revealed, so I’ll leave some space here.
I went into this movie expecting giant robots battling the hell out of kaiju, and holy cow, it delivers! Even though the first ten minutes cover a lot of ground, the pacing seemed right - there was never a dull moment where I had to wonder what I was supposed to be following.
Comparisons to Neon Genesis Evangelion will never go away as long as both titles exist in the same universe, but after having seen the entirety of Pacific Rim and not just scrutinizing the trailers, I’d have to say it owes as much (if not more) to the Godzilla/Gamera/kaiju movies of the 60’s and 70’s as it does to NGE. Del Toro specifically sites Tetsujin 28 (remember Gigantor?) as an influence, but I’m sure the host of designers he had working with him shown in the featurettes had all sorts of other ideas, too.
My only real complaint is that we didn’t get to see enough of Cherno Alpha (I wanted Incinerator Turbines, darn it!!!), Crimson Typhoon, Horizon Brave, and Coyote Tango in action; Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka are the real stars of the show.