Originally Posted by meeks32
I just got back from seeing this and Im not sure what everyone is complaining about.
I don't know about "everyone", but my main complaint was a missed opportunity for emotional connection with the audience.
The movie starts off by introducing a character that was inside his brother's mind at the very moment his brother died, experiencing everything his older sibling did in his final moments. Why wasn't this part of the story told the way the main character was introduced in Pixar's 'Up'
? When old man Karl loses his wife, I could hear sniffles throughout the audience. No dialogue needed, and he wasn't even mind-melding with her at the time. There's no reason 'Pacific Rim'
shouldn't have been able to drive a similarly emotional hook into the viewer.
Then we're introduced to another character that watched everything (and everyone) she loved get destroyed before her eyes, with only a child's comprehension to make sense of what just happened. Compare that scene to the moment in 'E.T.'
when Gertie has to watch an alien get zapped with defibrillator paddles as it dies. Come on, it's a rubber puppet and the audience was bawling. I know Del Toro could have gotten more out of that scene with the little girl because I saw him do exactly that in Pan's Labyrinth'
. Don't know why he didn't do that here, since it would have been the perfect antidote for an effects heavy film.
Like I said in a previous post: I went in wanting to love this film, but ended up just liking it. Nothing wrong with that, but it could have been so much more. What a missed opportunity for some real emotion.