Hideo Kojima, creator of "Metal Gear" and other Konami games, really liked what he saw of "Pacific Rim" at a sneak preview of Guillermo del Toro's mecha-vs-monsters film. He sent out eight tweets describing his reaction on July 5 (going from bottom to top in chronological order).
Kojima wasn't the only celebrity to see the film early. Kanye apparently caused some buzz by sending out a few Twitter messages as well ("It's easily one of my favorite movies of all time.") Likewise, Seth Green tweeted: "Saw #PacificRim guys. SO. FREAKING. AWESOME. Guessing anyone saying it's not, hasn't actually seen it."
You can take those opinions for what you will. I really enjoyed Guillermo del Toro's past efforts in "Pan's Labyrinth" and, to a lesser extent, "Hellboy," so I've been cautiously optimistic about the film. Certain publications such as Variety have been playing up the "big flop" angle ahead of time, and there has been hand-wringing about early tracking numbers (awareness & interest) for "Pacific Rim" being lower than that of Adam Sandler's "Grownups 2". But it sounds like most people who caught early screenings of the film tended to like it. And as we've seen this summer, tracking numbers have been pretty wrong about the eventual box office results for films such as "World War Z." I'm not saying box office success or audience interest is necessarily correlated with quality, but I'd like to see "Pacific Rim" do well if it's actually a decent film.
For anyone who hasn't seen any "Pacific Rim" trailers:
UPDATE: Solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 77 percent as of 2 PM ET on July 11.