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[Movie Review] Pacific Rim – It Served It’s Purpose Well August 21, 2013

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Imagine the wide-spread horror among Tokusatsu fans when this movie was announce, Hollywood is tapping into another classic media entertainment category of Japan, how are they going to ruin it this time?

To most fans’ relief, this movie was not as bad as it could have been.

Let me tell a joke before I begin my review.

In the sequel the Kaijus are gonna come from the sky this time… and the movie will be called Skyrim! 8D

Okay I’m sorry, moving on.

Overall, the movie served it’s purpose well, it’s a movie about giant robots piloted by humans fighting against giant alien monsters, there really isn’t much you could expect from this movie except a lot of epic fight scenes.

And so yes, this movie is exactly about that, there’s nothing exceptionally or surprisingly good about this movie, also nothing bad enough to make people cringe.

It’s exactly what it promised to be, and it gave you what you expected, that’s all.

However, as someone who’s been going to movies pretty frequently, I sort of wanted more.

You see, Pacific Rim had potential to become a classic, one that defines a category, instead it chose to be just another Transformers, except with giant lizards.

Personally, I enjoyed the movie, a lot, but I just knew it could have been something more than what it is.

I also felt that some characters needed more screen time, such as the Russian duo, or the Chinese triplets.

It felt that their entire purpose in the movie, was being an iconic interesting character, which weren’t explored enough.

They were just there to make the audience feel interested, but the movie’s not gonna show you enough of them and will just kill them off very quickly.

Even though they told you how amazing these pilots were, how they had went through so many battles without fail, they still didn’t last as long as someone who had not piloted a Jaeger for 5 years, along with someone who’s never even piloted one before.

Yeah I’m pretty sore about that, and knowing their death is confirmed, we’ll probably never get to see these amazingly interesting characters again, ever.

Another problem I had with the movie is that most of the fighting sequence between the Jaeger and the Kaijus, happens during the night.

One very significant thing about these Kaiju films in Japan, is that they often happen during the day.

This is because Japanese usually don’t fake their fighting and would prefer if the audience can see every bit of detail the actors and production team is putting into it.

While this movie, like every other Hollywood action movie, is not particularly proud of their fighting sequences.

I can understand, it makes sense if you’re talking about logic such as Kaijus will most likely attack during the night, they’re lizards, night works better for them…

But throughout the movie, the best fighting scene that happened, was the one shown on the television.

It was during the day, we see every move of the Kaiju and Jaeger very clearly, and there weren’t much camera movements trying to blur the screen.

I strongly believe that, that is how you do a movie like this, and I hope they improve on it.

Another concern of mine was that, I don’t feel particularly involved in this, the opening sequence did make me feel this sense of justice, and as a world we unite, but as the movie goes on, when they go undercover, I start to disconnect with the movie, and it no longer gives me this sense of belonging to the world, and why I should protect it.

Perhaps it might have been a better decision to not make the Jaeger program a rebel against the government, and stop portraying politicians as stupid people(cause most of them are pretty darn smart), it might become a lot more cheesier and less of a movie about the underdogs, but it will definitely make the audience a lot more pumped.

News about the sequel has already been spreading around, I do want to see a sequel, but it’s not the kind that’s making me super excited.

The movie ended on a pretty positive note, I can already imagine what sort of problem the world will face in the next movie, so there’s really not much they can do to surprise the audience.

One negative thing about such movie is that, they’re pretty predictable, there’s nothing much you can do about it.

However, not many are completely against predictable plots, after all it’s going to be a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters, and that element itself, will bring the money in.

I kind of hope they develop the story more, turn this into one of those classic franchises that have a lot of areas to explore, new things to look forward to, or just a few key element that bring the audience back to the theatre.

It definitely has the potential, but I just don’t see it being fully explored yet, and if they’re going to make a sequel, it better do it this time because box office hasn’t been very kind to it.

 

Things I Wanted But Glad Did Not Buy September 22, 2012


All of us definitely had been through this before, the temptation of wanting to buy something, yet at the same time, you’re unsure of whether will it be a right choice later on.

It may not apply to rich people, but for most of us, it is a huge dilemma.

So a few days ago, I’ve got an idea to list out all the things that I’ve wanted to get, but is glad I did not.

1.DSLR Camera


This might seem surprising, but I actually have a slight interest in photography.
I even went to the extend of really researching on the price of an average DSLR camera, the models, and stuff like that.
However, as you could probably guess, the price was not exactly that affordable, so I just decided that maybe not now.
After sometime, when I think back, I’m actually pretty glad I did not give in to the temptation and get that camera.
Reason being, after actually studying about photography and videography, I realised that this just isn’t my thing.
All the functions, the settings, it’s too confusing for me.
So yeah, so glad.

 

 

2.Ball-Jointed Dolls

For those of you who are not familiar with what this is, these are actually really pretty dolls that you can move their joints and change their body parts, clothes and wigs/hair, even make up.
Don’t associate them with Barbie dolls because you can’t develop feelings and affection for Barbie dolls.
They’re so pretty that I really really wanted one.
Just like the DSLR camera, BJDs are really expensive, and hard to take care of.
After thinking through, I realised that I’m really not the figurine/dolls type of person who can put in so much effort to make them look good, and just feel happy by having them.
I high respect all my friends who own BJDs, because I can see how much time and effort they had put in, and how much they love them, so yeah, I really respect that.
At the same time, I know I can’t do the same.

 

 

 

3.Tablet PC

This was when I really wanted to be able to draw on the computer, to be able to do digital painting.
Same old problem, too expensive, hard decision to make, left it hanging for a while and realised that I really didn’t need it that much.
I already have two laptops(One of them is a Macbook, don’t judge me school forced me to get it), and I’m not even that good doing traditional drawings yet, so getting a tablet PC would be a total waste of money and resources.

 

 

 

 

4.iPad


Similar to the tablet PC, however the temptation only came to me when I saw the announce of the first iPad.
I saw the introduction on Apple’s website, and thought that the iPad is such an awesome tool and I totally need.
As usual, the price frightened me, and so I went to research on whether is it really worth it.
Honestly speaking the article I read back then made me pretty bored, but in the end I still didn’t get it.
After a few years, one of my best friends obtained an iPad from a business partner of her father, and I played around with it for just 5 minutes and decided that I totally didn’t need this.
What a relief I had, to find out that I didn’t spend the precious money on something I actually really didn’t need.

 

 

5.Playstation/Xbox


When I was younger, the two consoles were just so damn attractive to me.
They’re like Playboy magazine cover girls for teenage boys to me.
That was when I was REALLY young, like…. 10?
When I saw the console in an electronics store, I begged my mom to buy it for me.
Being the kind mother my mom is, she usually wouldn’t deny any requests from me unless if she really can’t do it.
Yes, it was too expensive, and so my mom just comforted me and led me away.
Now that I think back, I realised that my love for games is already satisfied by computer games and GBA/NDS games.
I really didn’t need the Playstation or Xbox, and some of my friends who have it can just let the whole bunch of our friends go to their house and play it TOGETHER.
Which is better than getting the console by myself and be forever alone and play all the games alone.
Yeah.

 

6.Japanese Lessons


Okay this is something I’m glad I did not choose to take/learn.
Actually I do really want to learn Japanese, and it was on my mind for like, a decade?
But if you’re like me, who still makes a lot of errors in English, already starting to suck in my mother tongue(Chinese), studying a new language might not actually be a good choice.
Especially when I have no plans to go to Japan at all, I can rely on translation groups when I read Manga or watch Anime.
I’m already struggling with my own studies(well usually before the deadlines are near), Japanese lessons will probably make my life a lot harder and I’m not sure whether am I ready for that stress.
I’m a coward, sue me.

 

 

 

 

7.Diet Pills

Let’s face it, most girls think that they’re fat, and it’s proven that I am pretty fat according to Asian standards.
I’m about 66kg and 169cm tall. My BMI is 23.1, which is normal, but it used to be just 20.
You can imagine how depressed I was when I noticed my weight gain, and so desperate measures(I hate exercising), I wanted to get diet pills.
Compared to other things, they’re pretty damn expensive, and so I just left the idea there for a while and forgot about it.
Now that I think back, not getting it is the right choice(I suppose), I don’t even know whether will it 100% work on me, and if it doesn’t, I would have spent the money for nothing.

 

 

These are all I can think of at this moment, I’ll make a part 2 next time when I remember more.

I might even do a ‘Things I Regret Buying’ post next time.

Do comment about things you’re glad you did not buy too.

 

 
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