My friends would probably tell you I’m a movie snob. I just like to think that I’m misunderstood.
You see, I have a very simple rule for movies. I don’t care what genre they’re in, as long as they’re really really good examples of their genre. If it does whatever it sets out to do really well, it’s a winner. If it has a little added innovation, that’s a bonus.
That’s where Pacific Rim comes in: I totally effing loved it. It set out to be one thing, and one thing only, and didn’t try to be something it wasn’t. It was just a huge, awesome, monstery humans-win-the-day-in-the-explosive-finale type movie.
When I read a review that said it has a way of making you feel like a kid again, I was dubious. Was he trying to say that it’s unrefined or overly juvenile? Or did he mean it? But now I know exactly what he was talking about. It really does make you forget your adult problems in a way that only the perfect summer movie can. Even the movie posters evoke a feeling of timeless monster movie magic.
I’m also typically pretty skeptical of PG rated movies, but I’m glad this one is rated the way it is. It means that all of you can go to the theater and see a movie together that everyone will like, even Dad who loves Django Unchained or Mom who loves Love Actually (two of my faves, in case you were trying to gauge my taste).
I’m not trying to say that those movies are anything like Pacific Rim, although I’m sure you could write some sort of thesis connecting all three somehow. All I’m saying is this: I dare you to not like this movie.
Two humans sync their brains to copilot the Jaegars, which are really really big robot suits. Their whole purpose is to defend humanity against the Kaiju, an equally enormous mob of angry aliens that are emerging from an undersea rift. Of course, the mean ‘ol government has decided to pull the plug on the Jaeger program. I know it sounds kinda bad (or awesomely awful at best) but if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re just going to need to trust me. It’s a really good movie.
So if you’re taking your kids to see it (or if you have already) you’re probably thinking how cool it would be to have a few action figures so you can re-enact all of those killer scenes from the film. You could have an epic Kaiju-Jaeger battle anywhere, but obviously the best ones will take place in the tub.
NECA has the rights to make the official toys from the movie, which has allowed them access to the digital models taken straight from the production of the film to use as models for the toys.
Set one of the series includes the main Jaeger Gipsy Danger, the Jaegar Crimson Typhoon and Knifehead, one of the biggest big bad baddies of them all. If you just want one of them, you can purchase it separately.
Set two of the series will be released in October, and will include Battle Damaged Gipsy Danger, Striker Eureka, and Leatherback.
Cool. Cool, cool cool.