The Rottentomatoes consensus is in for Pacific Rim with eighty-one critical reviews as of this writing:
A solid modern creature feature, Pacific Rim is bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun.
One critic, Bill Goodykoontz of the Arizona Republic, said, “It’s big and loud and kind of dumb and predictable. The difference is that, in del Toro’s hands, it’s meant to be.”
That doesn’t seem like glowing praise, but basically, that is how I am approaching the film: we’re talking giant robots versus freaking aliens. And in the capable, artistic and skilled hands of del Toro, I am quite confident that it will be all kinds of fun and kick-ass entertainment.
Because you see, film is every bit about the magical wondrous of it all as it is the artsy seriousness. Moreover, that magical wondrous lends itself well to the whole idea of the “theater experience.” In other words, there are some films, like this one, that you simply have to see on the big screen.
Plus, I’m excited to see Idris Elba deliver the chill-inducing line, “Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!”