Holy crap that movie. Was so excited to see it. Went to the premier. Fell asleep halfway through the movie I was so bored. Literally fell asleep. And I am one of those people who don't nap.
PACIFIC RIM (2013) Pre-Release Discussion - Page 15
Eh, before the marketing kicked up plenty of people thought Prometheus was going to bomb. Because who cares about Alien these days? Especially not one with a cast no one cares about. (and then it kicked up and everyone thought it was trying too hard and over exposing itself. The same pattern can be seen with Man of Steel actually, even though no one thought it was going to bomb at least)
Anyway, this chat does remind me that this thing about making stuff for your inner ten year old is fine, but it is a bit of a double edged sword. Star Wars, sure fine whatever. But at least half or more of the stuff I loved as a kid I grew up and found out it tanked; Dark Crystal, Legend, Explorers, Labrynth. I'm sure we can all name a few. Surprising because everyone I knew seemed to like them as well so I just assumed they were popular.
You never can tell I guess.
I find it a lot of fun but it's basically a SW/Indiana Jones/pulp sci-fi pastiche/homage/whatever that really doesn't work on it's own but it's a lot of fun, especially in HD. More exciting and fun than that Mummy in Indiana Jones clothing that came later.
Headless Fett, I thought...Sky Captain was...Awesome! I saw it...3 times in theaters. I...Love his...Submersible Airplane! I could have seen an entire film of Anjelina Jolie's...Nicky Fury, wearing a Jetpack, whilist in command of a...Fleet of Helicarriers!
How did this happen? Who cast this thing? Has the Brit-Actors-Are-Better thing infected Hollywood so badly that they'll cast any old bloke?
Hey, why even bother producing and releasing full movies anymore? Just do the marketing and then use tracking and computer simulations to determine how much the hypothetical finished product would have cost, how much it would have earned, and what everyone would have thought of it, and then move on to the next one. Much cheaper and more efficient that way and these days everyone is more invested in marketing and pre-release anticipation than actual movies anyway.
Honestly, what else is there to talk about? Very little is known about this film and there's nothing complex going on besides giants fighting each other...at some point the poor marketing is going to be talked about because GDT is specifically a director needing a hit. People act like it's all pitchforks and torches...we've been praising this film for months...so, as I said, what else is there to talk about?
Better avoid any clips and trailers with Charlie Hunnam's accent in it too Ghost, because hearing that isn't just kind of a bummer, it's a huge bummer.
All I wanted was my man GDT hooking up with my man Idris to make an ubermovie about ubermonsters fighting ubermechs. "What could go wrong?" I stupidly asked the Universe out loud.
You know, that is a valid point. Come to think of it I'm not sure I've paid much attention to the actual actors outside that first trailer with Idris giving his speech. If it sucks, it sucks. I won't apologize for it, but fuck come on guys. GdT doing giant monsters vs. mechs and it's not a Syfy (they spell it like that now right) original movie.
I will be there opening weekend but everything I've seen so far with Charlie Hunnam's accent makes me wish they'd had Gina Carano overdub it. Its crapness is so monumentally shithouse in that clip that it has its own accent gravity field, and that accent gravity field has such force it even affects The Great Idris.
Jesus, are you letting winter get to you fella? because all I got from that clip was that IDRIS ELBA IS TOTALLY BAD ASS!!!!!
It's not winter that's getting to me Andy it's Charlie Fucking Hunnam's fucking shithouse accent, and from that clip it sounds like it got to Bad Ass Idris too.
(Charlie Humman's middle name is Fucking. I had Bailey look it up for me.)
Oh don't worry I'm not sweating Ambler. I'm just curiously frustrated how he thinks some magic algorithms and low key advertising somehow means the movie is going to be bad and/or unenjoyable.
Some of my favorite all time films were complete box office flops. Robot Jox for one. That movie is one of the reasons my anticipation for Pacific Rim is through the roof. The part where the pilot smacks his hands together and then the Jaeger follows suit is clearly an homage and puts a huge grin on my face.
Honestly if the movie is half as awesome as this new trailer, and the "Under Attack" featurette on the Facebook page, Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins level of awful accent couldn't sink this film for me.
But then Charlie F Hunnam's accent doesn't sound that bad to me.
This is just what Ambler does now. He'll keep it up for weeks after Pacific Rim has released, no matter how it actually performs.
The fact that there are people rooting for this movie to fail when we could all be making fun of Aronofsky's right wing Stone Age Waterworld prequel together astonishes me, but that's the diversity of human thought for you.
Edited by Reasor - 6/28/13 at 9:55pm
Fair bit of new footage in this, which has quite a few spoilers.
Despite that you get more of a focus on the human side of the story..
again, lots of spoilers so avoid if you've seen enough..
Woooooo, giant robots.
My kids saw Andy's and started flipping their shit so now I've got pics of Major Destroy..from Italy. And Candy Man from Uganda....I have no idea. They're pretty sweet though.
And because I like my robots to stare off into mid-distance and be thoughtful while dust and explosions fly around them...
When I saw this all I could hear in my head was a pilot with an accent, "Oh..oh my. Did I just step on..alright right foot forward and..oh..oh I've crushed a lorry."
There's some legit, giant robot Frankenstein shit going on in here now. I'm excited again. I know I'll be disappointed that I don't get to see Oxford Comma correct a Kaiju's grammar or Peckerslap nut check one with his pincer arm...but I'll learn to accept it.
A male relative commented on my posting the triptych image from above: "Why do you want to see this? Looks like a Transformers ripoff?" And this is a guy who's normally a bit more informed about pop culture.
I fear for the film's perception amongst the hoi polloi.
This Jaeger creator is actually pretty good marketing for the movie. If enough people play around with it and publish their creations, I can see more people becoming interested in the movie. I've already had three friends use it as a result of me publishing my Jaeger elsewhere.
Just do Print Screen, paste into MS Paint, and crop out the rest. Works like a charm.