/mtv/ - Music, Television & Film

Board updated. Please use this thread to report bugs.

Mods & Janitors: If you've forgotten your login details but would like to continue helping, please e-mail me: [email protected]

radio
6MB jpg, 6MB png, 8MB gif, 6MB mp3, 12MB swf, 8MB webm, 8MB mp4
110 posts, 23 images, 1 video (total attachments: 24)
40314
deleted
Giant Everything & Godzilla General!
Godzilla Week Day #1 - TOP TEN MOVIES!youtube thumb
AWWWW YISSS
replyreportdelete
40315
BunkerOFOzVPOG0g
Numbers are looking good for the new movie. Off to a good start it seems.
replyreportdelete
40316
The Sneaky Tiki
I should have put that gif here, basically they need a lot of green screen for the film but they are getting it right by building practical sets in green screen rooms, it's beautiful to see technology take a step in the right direction.
replyreportdelete
40319
Jumpman
Rifftrax Godzilla Kickstarter is a success!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rifftrax/rifftrax-wants-to-riff-godzilla-live-in-theaters-n
replyreportdelete
40337
T4 was Here
Unless GotG is super boss, I think I have seen my movie of the year!
replyreportdelete
40338
Anonymous
>40337
Hey, who knows, there is still Hobbit part 3

...ppppfffffffffft
replyreportdelete
40352
Jumpman
savegif917.228KB
1400254693562.gif
310146
It's time!

Puff Daddy ft. Jimmy Page :: C…youtube thumb

Uh huh, yeah.
replyreportdelete
40354
MESIAS
AWESOME
replyreportdelete
40356
Anonymous
It was about as good as I expected it to be. Solid giant monster movie.
replyreportdelete
40357
Anonymous
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/escape-to-the-movies/9210-Godzilla-Breaking-Kaiju

Real talk, the humans that weren't Heisenberg and Watanabe were incredibly bland, the first fight being referenced on a kid's television screen was blatantly lazy, and the ending was amateurishly abrupt. Music was also quite mediocre apart from the halo drop bit with the tormented chorus. The film was ponderously slow, apparently to build up the menace, but Godzilla is so docile to anything that isn't a monster and the Mutos are shot so generically that you keep wondering where the menace all this atmosphere is hyping up.
replyreportdelete
40359
Anonymous
http://www.thecinemasnob.com/midnight-screenings/midnight-screenings-godzilla

Somehow, three giant monsters caused less collateral damage in San Francisco than Superman did in Metropolis.
replyreportdelete
40362
Anonymous
>40357

Are those your opinions, or you are repeating stuff from that video?
replyreportdelete
40363
Anonymous
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/godzilla-destroying-u-s-box-office-for-90-million-opening-1201184080/

Big opening for the Big G.
replyreportdelete
40366
T4 was Here
>40337
Wait, I forgot that Lego Movie was this year, so second best.(and pacific rim was better even if it disappointed me)
>40363
Aw yeah! Hope that means more daikaiju movies gets greenlit.
replyreportdelete
40367
Jumpman
savejpg39.115KB
1400004320223.jpg
250250
>Godzilla did a better job at saving people and causing less damage than Superman in Man of Steel
replyreportdelete
40368
Snesv68zTeBMI.
I thought it was awesome. I liked the monsters, I liked the humans. Really looking forward to sequels.
replyreportdelete
40369
Mr. StonezWb42fBPMM
>40367

>and this Godzilla, by and large, doesn't even seem to give a single shit about humanity
replyreportdelete
40373
Anonymous
Even if we concede to the humans being bland in what amounts to a disaster movie, I don't understand how some seem to think the buildup didn't pay off.
replyreportdelete
40374
T4 was Here
savegif443.635KB
funny-gif-Power-Rangers-fighting-pumpkins.gif
500342
And too all who say the human parts of Godzilla 2014 are bad should (re)watch the Bayformers movie.
>40367
Can't wait for the satirical fanart~

Also I still can't wrap my head around a reboot of Mighty Morpthing.
Just how do you adapt all that silly stuff that makes it great?
Series like Lightspeed Rescue seems like an easiers choice, but no nostalgia points I guess.
replyreportdelete
40375
Jumpman
>After opening to $103M internationally — the biggest opening of 2014 so far — and grossing $93M domestic stateside this weekend, it should come as no surprise that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.‘ are already developing a sequel to the monster hit. It was confirmed to Deadline this morning that a Godzilla sequel is underway. The beast is currently stomping across international markets to take No. 1 spots in most territories.

http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/godzilla-2-sequel-warner-bros-legendary-gareth-edwards/
replyreportdelete
40376
Jumpman
savewebm212.449KB
godzilla.webm
360174
spoiler
replyreportdelete
40381
Jumpman
savejpg373.532KB
fullwidth.25a77973.jpg
970595
Good write-up on the new Godzilla movie and how it emphasizes its theme of human insignificance.

http://thedissolve.com/features/exposition/566-godzilla-the-first-post-human-blockbuster/

>The 1954 Godzilla ends with a scientist killing the titular beast, but by the closing credits of Edwards’ edition, Godzilla hardly even knows we exist. The King of Monsters was born into global culture as a reckoning, but in the ongoing aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, the worst fears of Honda’s film have been confirmed, and Godzilla is less of a mythological threat than he is a daily part of our ecosystem. We’ve become a far more destructive species over the course of the last 60 years, but Godzilla’s invincibility in the face of our growing power confirms that our stewardship is a temporary charge, and not a birthright. If Honda’s film was a desperate plea for reason, Edwards’ is a plea for perspective. We used to be the villains in this story, but now we’re just in the way.
replyreportdelete
40382
Jumpman
savejpg76.849KB
tumblr_n5vwepA6lY1r7c87xo1_500.jpg
500708
https://twitter.com/yujikaneko/status/468796052443656192/photo/1

From the art director of Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia.
replyreportdelete
40383
T4 was Here
savejpg355.287KB
Godzilla vs JJJ.jpg
630691
Hey remember when Godzilla was in the Marvel Universe?
That shit was crazy.
>40382
Awesome.
Got to love the westboos.
replyreportdelete
40384
T4 was Here
savejpg372.4KB
Godzilla vs Sharks.jpg
630664
>40383
>forgetting that godzilla is from japan
Well DERP!
replyreportdelete
40405
Anonymous
replyreportdelete
40421
Jumpman
Edwards will return for two more Godzilla movies.

http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/gareth-edwards-on-board-for-two-more-godzilla-films-977
replyreportdelete
40432
Anonymous
http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag-godzilla-98-and-godzilla-2014/

Mike liked the new movie, Jay was more on-the-fence. Of course, the '98 movie is still terrible.
replyreportdelete
40440
Anonymous
http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/bum-reviews/43369-godzilla
replyreportdelete
40445
Anonymous
I see big numbers for Godzilla in the international market; does anyone have the box office numbers for Japan specifically?
replyreportdelete
40447
Anonymous
>40445
The movie doesn't premiere in Japan until July 25th.
replyreportdelete
40448
BunkerOFOzVPOG0g
>40447
Ohh I hope it does well
replyreportdelete
40486
> "I'm working very, very hard with Zak Penn," he told the site. "We've been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox's 'Hieroglyph'] was involved in the storyline and now I'm writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul."

http://www.superherohype.com/news/304795-guillermo-del-toro-writing-pacific-rim-2-with-zak-penn#/slide/1
replyreportdelete
40553
Autonyworkx4vv0ZYuAo
YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
replyreportdelete
40554
Anonymous
>40551
Comic, cartoon AND a movie sequel. Wowowow.

Who secretly hopes Hollywood/western cartoon studios will take notice and make more kaiju and/or giant robot stuff? Sure, Sturgeon's law will still apply and 90% of it would be crap, but 10% of something is better than 10% of nothing.
replyreportdelete
40555
Anonymous
Well, there is also the announced Power Rangers reboot film, if that happens and the movie does well (two very big "ifs", admittedly) then perhaps we will see a renewed interest in toku stuff in the US.

... perhaps even a new Captain Power show.
replyreportdelete
40557
And even a new Kamen Rider series.
Dragon Knight leaved a great precedent after the fiasco that Masked Rider was, and I believe we could get more of it.
replyreportdelete
40727
Jumpman
savepng363.851KB
thanks-freeze-frame.png
1440900
replyreportdelete
40738
BunkerOFOzVPOG0g
>40557
Hear a few rumors about Fourze being the next adaptation or maybe Kabuto
replyreportdelete
41329
Anonymous
http://collider.com/pacific-rim-2-story-details/

>“It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It’s quite a jump.”

G Gundam, G Gundam, G Gundam, c'moooooon G Gundam.
replyreportdelete
41339
Anonymous
>41329
I was thinking more of a Patlabor thing. Hell, IIRC Del Totoro cited Patlabor as his favorite mech franchise.
replyreportdelete
41340
Anonymous
>41339
http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20647938_20712018_21351497,00.html#21351497

Not only is Patlabor one of the influences for Pacific Rim along with Tetsujin-28, his favorite Jaeger was Cherno Alpha. Man has good taste.
replyreportdelete
41341
rasputin_zero
>41340
I do sometimes wish a studio would consider Patlabor for some sort of stateside adaptation. Compared to most other anime mooted for dumb western adaptations, I think it'd work really well in a western setting. I imagine it being a long-running quirky cop show set in New York. You know, when I'm bored.

There is a live-action Patlabor show running in Japan right now, but that'd be /jam/ material, I reckon.
replyreportdelete
41342
Anonymous
>41341
Patlabors being common worldwide is already canon- At least one character in the movies was a transfer from the US.
replyreportdelete
41343
Anonymous
>41341
Unfortunately, only episode 0 was fansubbed so far for that live-action Patlabor show.
replyreportdelete
41403
Anonymous
Toho's doing a new Godzilla movie set for release in 2016.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/japans-toho-produce-new-godzilla-754751
replyreportdelete
41418
Anonymous
>41403
It's funny how both American Godzilla movies galvanized Toho into producing new movies for the franchise, but each for entirely different reasons.
replyreportdelete
41433
The Sneaky Tiki
FUCK OFF AMERICANS THAT'S NO GODZILLA MOVIE WE'LL MAKE A PROPER NEW ONE TO SHOW YOU HOW SHIT YOU ARE!

FUCKING AMERICANS, YOU NAILED IT! WE'LL MAKE NEW MOVIES BECAUSE OF HOW FASHIONABLE YOU MADE THIS AGAIN!
replyreportdelete
41437
Jumpman
//youtube.com/watch?v=5GLIZCd854wyoutube thumb

Glad this is getting a PS4 port in America.
replyreportdelete
43467
T4 was here
Eh, I dont care what people say, I still think you can have a Kaiju be the star of a movie.
Like, Mothra + Hero's journey/Epic destiny + Cast of human friends could totally work.
replyreportdelete
44063
Anonymous
>new ultraman production is CGI
>new Gamera movie is CGI
>new Godzilla movie will be a mix of CGI and practical

Is this the beginning of the end for the oldschool man-in-suit?
replyreportdelete
44074
T4 was here
>44063
We'll have to see how the TOHO movie does.
replyreportdelete
44153
Anonymous
>44063
>44074

I like to think that with Anno at the helm the movie will have good practical effects. The guy definitely has enough history with it and seems passionate enough about the artistry of it.
replyreportdelete
44155
Anonymous
>44153
Fuck yea Hideaki Anno. At the very least it's not going to be boring.

//youtube.com/watch?v=PCVg49Ff9m4youtube thumb
replyreportdelete
44361
T4 was here
savejpg110.465KB
newgodzilla.jpg
655924
>Jesue Crist How Horrifying
replyreportdelete
44368
The Sneaky Tiki
>44361
>Shinji Higuchi, who provided the special effects for the Heisei Gamera trilogy, the upcoming Attack on Titan live-action films, and a scene in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, would be the film's director as well as the director of special effects.

Well that explains that and OH BOY AM I ON BOARD
replyreportdelete
44369
The Sneaky Tiki
>it was also said that the version of Godzilla in this film would exceed the size of Legendary's Godzilla, making it officially the largest Godzilla ever on film

>Higuchi stressed that he wanted to create the most terrifying depiction of Godzilla possible with the resources available to modern Japanese cinema, to reflect the world's recent "loss of innocence" from modern real-life tragedies like the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the tsunami and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan, which Higuchi called "the real monsters of the world."

So basically the American Godzilla series is the Anti-hero franchise taking up the showa slack and the Japanese series is an ungodly abomination borne of mankind's deepest injuries and sorrows as originally intended.

Also, that means this Godzilla is taking back his size title.
replyreportdelete
44376
Anonymous
>44368
Wait, does that mean Anno isn't involved anymore? I thought he was going to direct.
replyreportdelete
44377
The Sneaky Tiki
>44376
Wrote it, not directing.
replyreportdelete
44378
T4 was here
savejpg10.982KB
jam 8871919484958.jpg
276303
>44369
That sounds like my JAM!
replyreportdelete
44653
T4 was here
savejpg68.984KB
oh GODzilla tumblr_o0eheqexJr1s2jfn0o1_1280.jpg
539960
spoiler
replyreportdelete
44668
The Sneaky Tiki
>44653
They are officially calling him "Shin" Godzilla, I'm beginning to suspect he is a regeneration of the skeletonized OG.
replyreportdelete
45167
Anonymous
>44668
Fuck that is horrifying. is the All American Hero going to save the world.
replyreportdelete
45267
TeethandHunger
http://deadline.com/2016/02/pacific-rim-2-directed-by-steven-deknight-spartacus-creator-legendary-pictures-guillermo-del-toro-1201708221/
replyreportdelete
45285
Alpharius
savejpg20.868KB
3041- Hard Drive Courage.avi_snapshot_01.28_[201...
352288
>45267
I wish this news hadn't come after so much bad news about Pacific Rim 2 happening and then not happening, or the shenanigans surrounding Del Toro's and his works. Normally I'd be really hype for this, but I can't find it in me to get exited for it any more. I will just wait for a preview.
replyreportdelete
45286
Anonymous
>45285
Same. After so much "happening and then not happening", I won't start being hyped until it is absolutely certain that it IS happening.
replyreportdelete
45847
Mr. StonezWb42fBPMM
replyreportdelete
45856
Alpharius
savegif124.456KB
1302838883283.gif
650450
>45847
GET BACK TO EVA, ANNO!
replyreportdelete
45857
Anonymous
That really sounds like the same Chorus in the Rebuild Eva movies.

And what the hell is up with Godzilla's arms?
replyreportdelete
45907
Anonymous
savejpg249.33KB
czfqwqwzkhykym2ebbgx.jpg
600800
Guess Power Rangers belong in this thread.

So, this is the reboot movie version of Rita Repulsa.
replyreportdelete
45908
Anonymous
>45907
Well she does look like she's been in a space trash can for ten thousand years. I wanna see her owned and get dumpster'd

Rope makes me think Green Ranger if in this might be a bit... kinky.
replyreportdelete
45910
Anonymous
>45908
You know what she doesn't look like? Rita Repulsa.

I mean, I know it's a reboot for a new audience, but the point of a redesign is to at least keep it somewhat recognizable and there is absolutely nothing of ol' Rita in there. Why not at least keep the antler hairdo? or the color scheme?
replyreportdelete
45911
Anonymous
>45910
Eh, the hat the baggy dress and the Madonna Rocket Tits Bra. I've a feeling that design is more in line Japense Witches which I don't mind.
replyreportdelete
47064
Alpharius
bump
replyreportdelete
47065
Anonymous
>45910
Seriously. Old Rita/Bandora's look was iconic. They could've at least had SOMETHING thrown back to her.
replyreportdelete
47066
Anonymous
>47065

Maybe that is what she starts out wearing before getting the green bondage gear.
replyreportdelete
47202
Anonymous
SG might be the best Godzilla movie?
replyreportdelete
47203
Anonymous
>47202
The movie starts SO good, funny, clever, and with Godzilla being weird and gross, which I loved. Then he freezes for the first time, and the movie itself does freeze with him. Movie literally becomes dull talking heads, and then it doesn't even have a good finale (was actually kinda silly, and not in a good way). First half is easily a 9/10 but then the boring slog of the second half gets a 2/10 from me.
replyreportdelete
47204
Anonymous
>47203
Dude have you ever watched the original Gojira?

A serious Godzilla SHOULD be like 90% talking heads.
replyreportdelete
47205
Anonymous
>47204
No, the movie LITERALLY becomes talking heads. As in, minutes after minutes of closeups to characters droning about shit that I couldn't care any less. In the original Godzilla I cared about what the characters said, especially Doc Serizawa. In this, during the first half the talking heads parts was entertaining due the whole "what's this I dont even" aspect of the governmental response to Godzilla's threat, but that's lost later.
replyreportdelete
47217
Anonymous
>47202
Well, I'm not a big Godzilla fanboy. I've only watched Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla 2000, the two American Godzillas and this one. This was definitely my favorite so far.

The political commentary, especially with re: Japan and USA relations was on point. While there were many dry scenes of talking heads, the quick cuts between those scenes kept the pacing snappy.

I liked all of the characters, and I did appreciate the non-Japanese people were decently cast and acted, but the Japanese-American diplomat lady's accent was unbelievable if she was supposed to have lived in America her whole life. No way she can win the popularity contest of a presidential election with that accent.

The action scenes were amazing, as expected from Hideaki Anno. He let his obsession with infrastructure go wild too which was fun.

At first I was really bothered by the CG but it slowly grew on me and I actually liked it by the end. Not sure why, this is the first movie where that happened.

It's done gangbuster in Japanese box office so hopefully there will be a sequel.
replyreportdelete
47218
thatother1dude/PKS88+dMMc
>47217
>At first I was really bothered by the CG but it slowly grew on me
I think that's just because the worst was the water and the boats in the river, which were really early on.

It's interesting how much Shin Godzilla has in common with Destoroyah, though I can't quite tell if the resemblance is intentional.
replyreportdelete
47377
Alpharius
savepng881.456KB
cute lil godzilla.PNG
632844
http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/Anime/News1/Hideaki-Annos-Studio-Khara-Celebrates-Its-10th-Wit-8434.aspx
replyreportdelete
47381
Alpharius
Godzilla - The Soul of Japan
//youtube.com/watch?v=IGCTSSWT4lgyoutube thumb
replyreportdelete
47697
Alpharius a go go
savejpg140.191KB
1486669670755.jpg
798939
Please, contain your excitement.

Source: License! Global magazine advertising for Toy Fair
replyreportdelete
47698
Anonymous
>47697
Left one looks like a toku guy and right one is fucking awesome.
replyreportdelete
47699
Anonymous
>47697


That one is red and it has a fin so you know its fast. The other one looks like a B-17 Bomber with that Belly Gun. Wonder if it can rotate around to the back.
replyreportdelete
47700
Anonymous
>47697
Wonder if they will call the middle one "Gipsy Danger MK2" or something like that.
replyreportdelete
47772
Alpharius a go go
savejpg130.363KB
c3mtrhrwyaaz8yx-jpg-large.jpg
7021024
Just watched Kong: Skull Island. Fantastic! The helicopter distruction gore and last scene with Kong was excessive. But those are minor nitpicks on an excellent film. See it in theaters if you can.

Oh, and it has after credits.
replyreportdelete
47773
Mister Twister
savepng1.214MB
but then I saw the face.png
7021024
replyreportdelete
47776
Anonymous
So will Kong and Amerizilla fight Shin Zilla?
replyreportdelete
47777
Anonymous
>47776
>So will Kong and Amerizilla fight Shin Zilla?

It would be incredibly forced and awkward to fit both versions of Godzilla existing in the same world, considering that they have quite different origins.
replyreportdelete
48081
Alpharius
savepng1.57MB
PACIFIC RIM 2.png
16801050
//youtube.com/watch?v=AG6CfqL_scYyoutube thumb
http://deadline.com/2016/06/pacific-rim-2-release-date-john-boyega-gets-guillermo-del-toro-universal-pictures-1201781932/
>With Star Wars hero John Boyega now aboard to star, Universal Pictures has roped off a release date for Pacific Rim 2. Legendary’s action sequel from director Steven S. DeKnight will engage audiences and kaijus on February 23, 2018. The film has that post-Presidents Day frame to itself for the time being; it’s nestled between the openings of two Marvel movies: Black Panther on February 16 and an untitled Fox/Marvel pic on March 2.
>Production begins in the fourth quarter on the film based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. The 2013 original starring Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam shot up $411M worldwide, with its overseas take more than tripling domestic. Del Toro directed it based on a script he penned with Beacham. The sequel has Boyega playing the son of Elba’s character.
>The sequel originally was set for April 7, 2017, then moved to August 4, 2017. It will be released in 3D and Imax. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and del Toro will produce Pacific Rim 2 along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter is executive producer.
replyreportdelete
48252
Alpharius a go go
savejpg399.53KB
1506448838758.jpg
12942048
replyreportdelete
48254
Anonymous
>48081
Do we have any new info on the plot of the film besides the stuff about John Boyegantercost?
replyreportdelete
48255
Anonymous
>48254
AFAIK the only known plot details is that it happens 10 years after the first film, and the Anteverse is back.
replyreportdelete
48277
Anonymous
//youtube.com/watch?v=_EhiLLOhVisyoutube thumb
Unbelievable levels of hype right now.
replyreportdelete
48278
Anonymous
>48277
Dunno, it is a nice trailer, but there is plenty going against me getting hyped. I don't like that the sets looks cheaper (and actually the movie itself IS cheaper, the sequel has lesser budget than the original), the mechs and costumes lack that "something", the cast is too young, etc. We'll see.
replyreportdelete
48309
Alpharius
savejpg185.632KB
1508709816543.jpg
640567
replyreportdelete
48381
Alpharius a go-go
savejpg282.763KB
1510868294690.jpg
10001482
//youtube.com/watch?v=coOKvrsmQiIyoutube thumb
A Rampage movie? Interesting.
replyreportdelete
417236
Anonymous
>48381
Shit I almost forgot about this. This is gonna be a lot of fun. I wish the monsters were bigger though, but maybe I was just spoiled from all the recent monster movies (Kong, Godzilla, Pacific Rim).

I'm glad that genre is making a comeback. It's been handled well so far.
replyreportdelete
417237
Anonymous
Soooo they are showing Rampage and Pacific Rim 2 at the same time in our cinema.

The first Pacific Rim was incredibly good, but I only heard bad things about the new one - different crew doing it, not in the same spirit as the original (as a love letter to the kaiju genre), and the Jaegers are doing spin kicks and shit instead of the slow, heavy movements that highlighted the sheer scale of their size.
Rampage on the other hand has smaller scale, smaller monsters, so it is definitely not as flashy, but it has Dwayne Johnson and it's shaping up like the perfect stupidly bad videogame based movie that is fun to watch despite quality.

Which ones should I go to?
replyreportdelete
417238
Alpharius a go go
>417237
I'd go with Rampage. What I've heard of Pacific Rim 2 has bummed me out.
replyreportdelete
417245
Anonymous
I got spoiled on Mako's death and utterly it killed my desire to see Pacific Rim 2. Who the fuck thought that was a good idea?
replyreportdelete
417256
Anonymous
Well finally saw Pacific Rim 2 and I'm not impressed. The story is so-so, up till after the big reveal, where the new big bad gets immediately shut down so they can have an old school kaiju fight. They made a retcon about the goal of the kaijus which doesn't stand up given that in the old movie, they were attacking seas all along the coastline. Other than that, I actually liked the plot - up until the final fight. It would've been more fun if they had to fight the newly revealed bad guys, but they get all written off in a 3d hologram programmer handwave. And the movie ends in a normal big fight, in Tokyo out of all places.

There was one little detail I disliked, everyone can now drift with everyone, as long as they are good at drifting. I think this devalues it heavily since in the old movie, they made it a point that you needed someone with whom you think alike and move alike, even outside the drift. They had Raleigh doing training outside the robots to find someone who he is compatible with, someone who thinks like him, someone who fights like him. In Uprising, they just jump into the simulator, and see if drifting works. No training whatsoever is shown. And then the 14 year old junkyard scavenger is doing flip kicks in the end despite showing no martial arts aptitude at any point.

So basically it's good up until they launch the final attack, then it's just a Bayformers tier nonsensical giant robot fight. They even have their own Bumblebee stand-in! The scavenger girl built her, even.

The sets are okay, but at one point you can even see the guys wearing skiing suits with props glued on. CGI is masking everything and used to bake together shots. Like, you have multiple separate shots from multiple angles, and they get stitched together to look like it is all one scene with the camera flying around and in and out. All the continuous movement can kind of make you dizzy. It makes the movie look too hyperactive, it makes it look like it is leaning on instantly gratifying your thirst for a spectacle, instead of building up for a proper conclusion.
One thing I hated was the overuse of slow-motion shots. The ones where they have an action going normally, then mid-move, they slow the action to a tenth of its speed, make it look like some 3d cg motion comic, then return to normal speed. Sometimes you have the camera circling around during that too. It's fine once or twice, but the movie uses this constantly and it gets annoying.

All the characters play their roles well, and the casting is fine, but you have a problem here where every character is transparent. You got the smooth-going, rebellious mister cool beauty, who is of course really the biggest hero ever (and surprise, he is black), you got the military hardass who steps down so the easy-going main hero can be the hero, you got the teenage sidekick who is really a prodigy. The Chinese girl starts as the completely amoral corporate boss but then does a 180° turn completely out of her character. The two researchers from the first movie are probably the most solid characters from beginning to end, though the older one isn't as self-absorbed as he was before. The other one is probably the best character in the movie. Oh, and the Jaeger pilots, other than the three I mentioned, none of them have any role that can be defined as anything other than a diverse cast of static background characters.

So in the end it's only half as well made as the first movie, but the first movie was made so damn fine that you have enough left to make for an above average flick. If you thirst for giant robots fighting with a heroic hoo-aah in the end, you'll have your fill. But it's all silly and fast, and not as serious and nerve cracking as the first movie was. Still, I'd place it above Bayformers, since those movies have the script fall in random directions every ten minutes; Pacific Rim Uprising only does two or three nonsensical plot twists and a solid mid-movie reveal.

It only feels disappointing because the movie could have been so much better if it got the same love as the first one. Wasted potential is the bottom line.

Can't wait to see Rampage, here's hoping the Blu-ray comes out soon.
replyreportdelete


File selected.
top