The Telegraph's Tim Robey praised the film, stating: "At first, watching Pacific Rim feels like rediscovering a favourite childhood cartoon – but del Toro has flooded the project with such affection and artistry that, rather than smiling nostalgically, you find yourself enchanted all over again."Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, stating: "Guillermo del Toro's paradoxically derivative yet imaginative sci-fi epic is everything that monster movies since the beginning of time might have wished they could be."Drew McWeeny of HitFix praised other aspects of the film: "The production design by Andrew Neskoromny and Carol Spier and the art direction by Elinor Rose Galbraith and Richard L. Johnson is masterful, and the film has an amazing, vivid palette that is captured perfectly by Guillermo Navarro's photography... It doesn't hurt that Ramin Djawadi has written a ridiculously cool score."The Guardian's Andrew Pulver was less enthusiastic, stating that the film's "wafer-thin psychodrama and plot-generator dialogue provides little for the human component to get their teeth into".
Director Rian Johnson praised the film, saying: "Go into Pacific Rim prepared to be transmogrified into a 12 year old... I love it so much." Japanese game director Hideo Kojima gave the film a six-post review on Twitter, calling it the "ultimate otaku film" and stating he "never imagined [he] would be fortunate enough to see a film like this in [his] life". MusicianKanye West stated it was "easily one of [his] favorite movies of all time."
First Rotten Tomatoes score came in at about 77% and it's been ticking upwards (83%) as more critics weigh in ... still early but seems promising.
I was wondering what was happening when I first saw the featured stories ... then I scrolled down and my heart ended up somewhere on the floor. My deepest condolences to Ryan's family and friends. Glad the site has put up some of his greatest hits to remember the good times ...
@cornbredx: Yeah, I trust in his balance of CGI versus real sets. From my background reading, I seem to recall that the film crew built real-world sets and even the feet of some robots for most scenes involving human actors.
@auron570: I'm pretty uninformed about the Evangelion universe and mecha-related series, but the world-building in "Pacific Rim" sounds neat. Guillermo del Toro clearly drew a lot of inspiration from those past series.
@galacticpunt: Nice, cool to hear! I've really hated 3D, so was planning to go with a 2D viewing regardless.
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.