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Please go see Pacific Rim

July 13, 2013

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This is not a review except to say that Pacific Rim is a damn fine summer movie and more fun than Star Trek and Man of Steel combined.  Beyond that, though, in movie world overrun by comic book movies, movies based on toys, reboots of movies we’ve all already seen, and sequels to all of the above, Pacific Rim is an original story told by one of the most imaginative people in Hollywood.  Personally, I don’t get any kind of validation from seeing that a movie I like made a lot of money at the box office.  However, I do understand that movie-making is a business, and the reason we have three Transformers movies and another on the way (in my mind, the epitome of stupid and incoherent blockbusters) is because people go see them.  And the reason we keep getting movies based on pre-existing properties is because people go see them.  Granted, I’ve enjoyed a fair amount of these types of movies, but Pacific Rim made me remember what its like to go into a movie with absolutely no ideas about where its going to lead you. So if you want a little more creativity coming out of Hollywood, if you want your summer blockbusters a little smarter, with characters who are a little more interesting (just a little.  It is a movie about giant robots punching giant monsters, after all) and, most of all, more fun, and if you want Michael Bay kept as far away from movies as possible and Guillermo del Toro given the freedom to build new ideas, go see Pacific Rim.  Not only will you be striking a blow for imagination, you’ll have a hell of a good time.  And dear god, if you have a child between 8 and 12, get to the theater immediately.

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