By sheer stroke of luck, I got to attend the world premiere of Pacific Rim in Hollywood with Guillermo Del Toro, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and the rest of the cast in attendance. Stood 5 feet from Tom Cruise at one point as well. But that's neither here nor there.
The movie? SPOILERS. (backofthehead.com) Listen, you want giant robots fighting giant monsters? It's awesome. Just what I hoped it would be.
(edited by John Orquiola on 10.7.13 0940) "Cody, I mustache you a question." - The Miz
Do you work in the movie business, John? From knowing Mike Vogel to attending world premieres....
I'm going to watch this movie on Saturday in Real-D 3D. I'm so tempted to go to the IMAX3D showing at 10pm Thursday just for the cool poster (like they did for the first showing of Star Trek Into Darkness) but this movie wasn't filmed in IMAX so it would be a waste of money and my local IMAX Theater is notorious for having audio or projector issues the last 3 movies I went to see there.
Our local paper described it as "Godzilla vs Rock'em Sock'em Robots". I am having oral surgery tomorrow and my 8 yr old son is taking me on Saturday. It will be popcorn for him and double percocet for me. I can't wait.
10:15 AM showing tomorrow (Saturday) for me and two of my boys. When I say I doubt they will get any sleep tonight, I am only slightly exaggerating. They are super pumped for these movie - and so I am. Robots vs. Monsters? Let's get it on!!!
I saw it today. Had my 9 and 8 year old sons with me. Let me start by saying that I could have written this script. It was very a cookie cutter script that was simplistic. The acting was fine. But I knew that going in. I was in it for the action scenes - and they were great. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as a "leave your brain at the door, eat your popcorn and enjoy:" type of movie.
Just saw it today, thought it had a good ratio of Monster Fighting vs Other Stuff in it. The scientists were a bit annoying and the script obvious, but hey, sometimes the obvious action movie is just fine.
Watched Robot Jox a few weeks ago and script wise this blew that out of the water. :)
Watched it today at matinee price. Eh. I didn't care for any of the human characters. Most of the actors spoke in an accent so it wasn't that easy to understand the dialogue. The robot vs monster action scenes were pretty awesome. I don't think it was worth the 3D upcharge. I took my glasses off and the movie was so much brighter... should've watched it in 2D.
Was there only one post-credit scene? Because if there was another, I didn't bother to wait through the whole end credits for it.
Edit: Anyone else notice Kurrgan was one of the Russian pilots? lol
Uhhhh I guess Sony really needed Grown Ups 2 to be successful with After Earth and White House Down bombing but yeah, people are not going to take risks anymore and keep making sequels, reboots, and movies based on theme park rides.
A friend in the movie business said word going around that because of the end of the relationship between Warners and Legendary Pictures (going to Universal), Warners wanted the movie to under-perform and it looks like they have gotten their wish.
I saw it Saturday morning and loved it. Though, it was telling that I had the Cinerama Dome practically to myself. I don't know what drove people away. It certainly didn't help that there were reports that it was going to bomb before the movie even opened. Maybe people have blockbuster fatigue? Or they need a "name?"
Oh well, it's one of my favorites of 2013, whether or not anyone else saw it. It's Scott Pilgrim all over again.
This movie is awesome. I actually liked the human characters. Made you actually care when a Jaeger got destroyed. The fight scenes felt like wrestling matches and you could actually tell what was going on unlike some other films *coughManofSteelcough*
But it doesn't matter because morons want to see Kevin "Fatty Fall Down" James and Sandler do the same shit over and over.
Originally posted by samoflangeThough as soon as I saw the Sword I wondered, WHY NOT ALWAYS USE A SWORD!?!?
I gathered the sword was a new weapon added for Gipsy Danger. When they killed the flying Kaiju with it - Voltron Moment - they added more swords to it and the other Jaeger. Both Jaegers immediately whipped out their swords in that final fight at the bottom of the ocean at the Breach.
Warner Bros.' latest blockbuster hopeful "Pacific Rim" didn't perform as well as expected opening weekend.
The Guillermo del Toro monster versus robot epic came in third at the box office earning a paltry $38.3 million.
To put that number into perspective, it earned less than Warner Bros.' poorly-reviewed third installment of "The Hangover" ($41.6 million) and "The Great Gatsby" ($51 million).
That's not so great for a film reported to have a budget in the range of $185-$190 million.
So why didn't the robot movie pick up steam?
The problem with "Pacific Rim" wasn't that audiences didn't embrace it. In fact, audiences loved it, giving it an "A-" CinemaScore — in line with the rating of "Man of Steel."
Analysts initially expected the film to earn as low as $25 million, before bumping the number up to $40 million opening weekend.
CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment Jeff Gomez tells Business Insider that in Hollywood's eyes del Toro's monster epic was always going to be a tough sell because it wasn't based on anything.
However, he doesn't agree with that. Instead, he sees the problem with "Pacific Rim" as something much simpler: the film's marketing strategy.
Most of the knowledge audiences had about the film after numerous trailers and Cinema-Con footage was that it was about monsters and robots going head to head in a rock 'em sock 'em fashion.
However, the film was about so much more than that, detailing a laborious on-going war affecting the planet for years.
"Warner Bros. should have marketed 'Pacific Rim' as if the narrative in the movie had been going on for years and years," says Gomez. "Market this film as if it was an established property, as if it has been going on, and as if it has been popular and has already connected with the audience."
Gomez says Warner Bros. and Legendary missed the opportunity of familiarizing people with a large story world and the characters inside it to generate more buzz around the figures and plot.
"Even when characters are put front and center — there were tiny aspects of the campaign that featured Idris Elba — they came across as or very broad or smashing each other in the face with sticks," says Gomez. "That's too bad because of all the films that have come out this spring and summer, there is a warmth to the characters in 'Pacific Rim' and a heroism you don't even see in 'Man of Steel' and "Iron Man 3.'"
"These guys genuinely care about human beings and will do anything to protect them," he adds. "They sacrifice their lives to protect large numbers of people and they're not flippant or callous about it ... that's wonderful compared to the relative coldness and grimness on tragedy that some of the other big movies have been concentrating on."
One thing many probably didn't know was that a month prior to the release of "Pacific Rim," Warner Bros. and Legendary attempted doing just this.
They released a prequel graphic novel entitled "Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero."
The story was centered around the first monster attack on Earth focusing on backstories of some of the major characters in the film.
While this may have been helpful to gain attention for the flick, Gomez points out Warner Bros. missed the mark on expanding upon this more.
"A comic book only reaches tens of thousands of people," says Gomez. "I have no doubt that a more unorthodox, a more Vanguard approach to the marketing of the film would have generated a broader interest and bigger initial numbers."
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." - Winston Churchill
I didn't hate this. But I didn't love it either. As premises go, I guess you could do worse for a show about fairy tales: a curse from the Evil Queen that imprisons everyone from the fairy tale world in the (much worse) real world and freezes time.