Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pacific Rim

Great news first! Sam Mendes is returning to direct Bond 24!!!! Hooray! This totally makes my month! I know, I have no life if this makes my month, but for those of us who adore Skyfall, that after repeatedly professing he would NOT take up the 24th Bond film (which is still officially untitled) this is beautiful news! Daniel Craig (James Bond) is of course contracted to return (and for the 25th Bond film as well). Now the bad news.... Blogger (the program I use to make this post) is broke. Or something. I can't format anything and there are other problems I won't go into and I apologize, but it's not my fault this time. The films still coming out this summer I am most interested in is Red 2 (Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and a ton of others), Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, The Conjuring, Turbo and, I guess, RIPD (Ryan Reynolds Jeff Bridges; I hope I am wrong about the film, truly, I just have a bad feeling about it). But this week, Pacific Rim opens, and while other reviewers might be dissing it, its pre-ticket sales have gone higher than expected and I think there are some strong reasons for us to pay close attention to this film. Here is the last trailer that has been released for the film:
"I'm a big believer in second chances," "You have fighting skills we need," which are all themes we have seen in films such as Fast and Furious 6, Battleship, GI Joe Retaliation, Despicable Me 2, etc., and, at 1:02: two humans mixing memories with the body of a machine. Why that total silence except for the breathing? To accentuate the humanity of the people in this fight for their lives. You probably caught Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) jumping out of the helocopter like he's out of The Avengers and that's intentional,... "Pentecost?" You're right, that is an unusual name, and we should note ways--if at all--his character reflects or invokes the Holy Spirit, especially in how he "leads" others to fulfill their destiny or answer their call in life. "The deeper the bond, the better you fight," now isn't that a great bit of philosophy? I mean, can't you use that in your day to day lives? What company or business in America doesn't work on that principle? Now, at 2:15, who do we see? Ron Perlman who just happens to be playing a character named "Hannibal," and what do we think of when we hear "Hannibal?" If you are a history geek, you think of Carthage, but if you are a film geek, you think of Silence Of the Lambs ("Hannibal and cannibal" so how, if at all, does he "cannibalize" other humans like Butch in The Lone Ranger?), we could say, the opposite of what we think of when we hear "Pentecost." Hannibal wears sunglasses, and that will be a priceless clue to his character for us, because it looks like it's dark anyway and that little "bump" he makes into the guy behind him as he backs away,... trust me on this, that's intentional, that is a deliberate encoding of that character to deepen our understanding of what takes place at that moment and what's happening to him and why. You know I LOVE writing extra notes in the captions, but I can't upload any pictures today, it's not even letting me start new paragraphs,... I have no idea why, so I apologize again, but--one last, imperative point. It's called "Pacific Rim" for a reason: what other film have we recently seen that takes place in the "Pacific Rim?" Battleship (Taylor Kitsch) and we can't ignore possible links when we are watching Pacific Rim this weekend. Okay, one more thing. Here's the tagline: "As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse." Why an "obsolete special weapon?" Why not choose some new, Mission Impossible style weapon to save us? Because, just as the Mighty Mo (the USS Missouri) was the obsolete battleship that saved humanity in Battleship, we bring out the old weapons that defeat the "old" foes of socialism and communism (the same way Evil Dead and Red Dawn were early 1980s films that battled communism then, so they can batle communism today). Now, KAIJU is what the evil sea monsters are called in the film, and according to Wikipedia, it means "strange beast" in Japanese, and of course, the first strange beast for the Japanese was Godzilla. We know a Godzilla film is coming out next year, so we shouldn't be surprised--given all the references we have all ready kept track of this year, like in The Amazing Spider Man--that Pacific Rim, in some way, rekindles this cinematic phenomena (Godzilla was a metaphor for the Japanese of the dropping of the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while Steven Spielberg's film Jaws was a metaphor for Americans of what being in the war with Japan did to us; I can't make a link today, but just search for Jaws and the Cleansing Of America in the search box to access that post). On the other hand, the good robots are Jaegers, which refers to a seabird that pursues other birds to make them drop their prey. As we watch the film, we have to keep this in mind so we can find the suitable link to understanding why--of all the possibilities of what the good monsters could be called--they choose to call them after this. Sorry for this post, but I will be seeing the first showing of Pacific Rim tomorrow and getting up Despicable Me 2 and I will let you know what I think immediately on Twitter! Sorry for this post!