This movie is so good, I've already seen it twice. Jamie Rich let me tag along to an advance screening in 3D, and I saw it again on Friday in 2D. I have to say, though I prefer 2D, this was the best use of 3D I've seen yet. It was integrated flawlessly into the film and didn't pull me out of the movie. Without further ado, let's get to some spoiler-filled reaction comics!
the film's wiki Monday night while I was fresh out of the screening and wanting more Pacific Rim, like, immediately.
Also, while I acknowledge that my standards have been lowered by 25 years' exposure to misogynistic media, I loooved the inclusion of lady extras in roles like the televised U.N. meeting, the screens of world leaders talking to Stacker, the propaganda footage of building the jaegers, the interior of the shatterdome, Hannibal Chau's thugs, and the kaiju bunker. Every one I saw made me smile and feel included. No eye candy, no prostitutes, no prizes to be won, no damsels in distress. Just lady-people everywhere!!! More speaking roles would have been nice, but... *throws up hands*
It's kind of incredible that a movie like this, which seems to really be trying to be inclusive, could fail the Bechdel Test, but alas, it does, largely due to there not being many speaking ladies. However, it passes the variant of the Bechdel Test which requires two named people of color to discuss something other than a white person, and that was exciting and wonderful. Stacker and Mako were great characters and I loved seeing them get screen time and character development in the movie.
....But, it was kind of hilarious that Mako and Raleigh could never seem to pronounce each other's names. xD
Special highlight for me: Stacker's motivational speech scene. So great.
1) Acknowledges dead main characters, which is weirdly rare in movies
2) Says "man or woman" instead of just "man"
3) Says, "we have chosen to believe in one another" ❤❤
The whole movie just had some really lovely underlying messages. Humans are at our most powerful when we cooperate, trust one another, and allow ourselves to be vulnerable with each other. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Giant robots are rad.
I'm a fan!