Pacifistic Rimshot


Oh, no! The Jaegers are attacked from behind by… um, are those
Orson Scott Card‘s characters as they play ‘Buggers & Astronauts’?

Pacific Rim beat Shogun Warriors to film. Whether you think this is a good thing depends on how crappy you like your movies.

On one hand, Pacific Rim is fun. How can you go wrong with Shogun Warriors fighting a series of Gojiras? I’ll tell you.

P-Rim is a disgustingly transparent reinforcement of patriarchy. The lone significant female character (out of the two women with speaking parts, portrayed by Rinko Kikuchi) is painfully subservient. By ‘painful,’ I don’t just mean to watch; her subservience (which she explains away as ‘respect’) is painful to her.

There are a few bright sides, though. One is that she kicks the main warrior dude’s butt (Charlie Hunnam). Another is that gender collaboration isn’t a big deal (they share memories; so too, I assume, memories of desire & intimacy; it’s nice to see this kind of lack of fear of otherness in a mainstream flick). And this world is post-nationalist, which makes sense when under planetary threat.

Of course, the Americans save the day, with notable help from a hardline libertarian/anarcho-capitalist (i.e. criminal, played by Ron Perlman), but it’s okay b/c he dies. (Did I spoil that? C’mon – he’s a baddie in a Hollywood film; you knew he was going to eat it.) [EDIT: Or so I thought! That’ll teach me to leave before the post-credits in a non-Marvel movie.]

So, the Incredibles, inspired by the Fantastic Four, beat the FF to the cinema… & outdid the real FF films on all levels. Conversely, a Shogun film has the potential to out-class P-Rim, b/c it’s easy to rise above this; Pacific Rim is so bad, it must be easy to outdo.

P.S. I await the Man of Steel vs Pacific Rim ‘collateral mortality count’ meme. By Internet timescales, the mockery of MoS for its casualties¬†in comparison to The Avengers is old news. My opinion is that Supes’ bystander death toll is tame beside the deaths caused by the actions of P-Rim’s Shogun Warriors knockoffs.

Judgement: Pacific Rim is not worth another viewing unless drunk. It isn’t bad enough to watch with irony.


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