I just got back from seeing Pacific Rim and wondered what everyone's thoughts are on it.
Personally, I had a good time watching it, but it seemed a little disappointingly small in scope for as big as it was supposed to be. Whenever there wasn't a huge fight scene happening, the movie followed a somewhat small cast of characters in not very many locations. Aside from the prologue, I never got a good sense of the outside world, which kind of took away some of the tension.
It was definitely a cool movie, but I guess I just wish the narrative felt bigger, rather than the literal size of the things in the movie.
This is a good point, I didn't really think about that, and it certainly stands as a good explanation why I cared so little for a lot going on.
The characters could not have been more cliche either, both main pilot characters were 2-dimensional and both motivated by the deaths of their family, and really the narrative justification for needing two pilots instead of 1 seemed completely unjustified and what we got as a result was TWICE the cliche. and you had the rival who thinks that pilot 1 is a nobody and blah blah blah.
and the definitely spoilers part:
A friend of mine also pointed out afterward, the whole plan was to close the portal with a bomb right?.... like, were they somehow convinced that they couldn't open another portal?