To make effective monsters, you need someone who knows monsters. Guillermo del Toro
, best known as the director of the Hellboy
movies, and Pan’s Labyrinth
, is a man well versed in genre flicks and the many pitfalls one tends to run into there. So it is by this knowledge, and not a little fan appreciation for those genres, that his latest film, Pacific Rim
, is pulled off with nary a hitch. This giant robot-and-monsters clash of titans is much more than the sum of its mechanical parts, offering up a feast of worldbuilding details alongside a thrilling piece of action-adventure storytelling. More than that, Pacific Rim
knows what kind of film it is, and sticks to tone with a consistency that could teach the lumbering beasts around it a thing or two.
Mild spoilers abound, none kaiju-sized.