Holy ****ing jeezus, I love this movie.
Holy ****ing jeezus, I love this movie.
Check Out the Opening and Closing Credits of Pacific Rim - Dread Central
Pacific Rim Neither Goes Big Nor Goes Extinct at the Box Office - Dread Central
Pacific Rim’s less than monstrous opening can’t be considered a shock given that it’s an original property, has no major name stars, and has to clear the hurdle of convincing general audiences that look down upon giant monster movies as something beneath their intelligence....
...even as they flock to see Adam Sandler and his friends fart on each other for 90 minutes.
After weeks of prognosticators predicting Pacific Rim was doomed to bomb with about a $20-25 million opening, Thursday night’s sneak preview tally of $3.6 million had those same doomsayers changing their tune to the possibility of a $50 million opening weekend. Alas, that would not quite be the case; Guillermo Del Toro’s $180 million ode to Japanese giant monster movies had to settle for a somewhat disappointing $38.3 million. That, sigh, was still a few million less than the $42 million opening of Grown Ups 2, the latest Adam Sandler and friends vacation video. Both films would have to settle for second and third place, respectively, behind the unlikely juggernaut that is Despicable Me 2.
On the positive side, it earned an A- Cinemascore and that could translate into strong word-of-mouth which could keep the film viable in the coming weeks. Pacific Rim has also begun doing solid business internationally, proving especially dominant in Russia and Asia (sans China and Japan, where it still doesn’t open for a few weeks). Legendary’s pretty much been banking on international box office for this one, so whether or not we ever get any further Jaeger vs. Kaiju battles probably depends more on that than the US anyway.
This movie...ugh...such delicious cheese.
Abysmal acting amid gorgeous effects work. Fantastic biological design (monsters) vs a mash-up of Battletech mech designs and tech from the anime The Big-O. Core plot concepts that are straight out of Neon Genesis Evangelion (massive enemies from unknown dimensions, giant robots that must mentally "synch" with their pilots, and even some parts seemingly taken scene-for-scene from the anime), which was a ground-breaking science/philosophical fiction anime when it came out.
The character interaction seemed forced and dialogue wholly uninspired. Editing was horrid.
But damned if I didn't enjoy myself despite all of that. And I enjoyed myself, I think, because I expected it to be that way, and I was simply able to enjoy the giant robot vs giant monster fun that I used to love when is as a kid watching Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, and Giant Robo movies.
It's going to be right up there on my list of "guilty pleasure" flicks.
Last edited by FBJ; July 15th, 2013 at 08:39 PM.
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I want to get the most out of my seeing this movie in IMAX 3D, so I pose this query to LGKers: where is the best IMAX 3D theater? I've been to the Spectrum Irvine, which is impressive, but they haven't replaced the screen in a while the last I checked when it seemed dingy and had noticeable marks on it. I've also been to Rave 18 in Los Angeles but nothing stood out, which is either good or bad. I've heard of one in Ontario and the ArcLight in Hollywood. Recommendations?
Oldest daughter and I saw it tonight and we loved it. It is this generation's Independence Day.
Here's a link to a list of large format theaters in the USA; you're looking for IMAX 1570:
I usually go to the Rave, because of the assigned seating. Sitting in the front is far too overwhelming, so I like to sit center back, if possible. However, the overall quality of that theater has suffered since it changed over to Rave. Now, Rave is owned by Cinemark, so we'll see if there are any improvements. I may try the Citywalk IMAX this week. The only thing I've seen there is a 3D NASCAR short, which was impressive.
Sorry to hear that Irvine is in disrepair. BTW, if you do go to the Rave, I suggest you bring some lens cleaner of your own, as they do not do a good job cleaning the 3D glasses (who does?).
Regardless where you see it, hopefully the spectacle of the giant jaeger and kaiju will overpower any shortcomings of the theater. FWIW, I've also found the recent IMAX "experience" somewhat underwhelming and have only seen two IMAX features that really excited me. One was The Dark Knight, but that was not all in IMAX; so, Pacific Rim is the first that I feel takes full advantage of the format (other than the awesome documentaries, which are excluded from this category).
Additional note regarding Pacific Rim and IMAX:
I'm not planning on buying this movie on Blu-ray. There's no point. I'm going to watch it in IMAX 3D as many times as I can, though, and I'll try not to see it any other way.