The more I mull it over, the less I like the claim that Pacific Rim is “dumb” or “good because it knows it’s dumb” or anything of the sort. First of all, it positively reeks of the insecure irony-toting adolescent bullshit that’s been in vogue for the last decade or so—you can only enjoy something sincere and bombastic if it, and you, “know it’s dumb.” Sincerity must be met with an ironic wink, one way or another. Ugh. From what I’m hearing, this attitude is among the things that sank The Lone Ranger. Maybe that’ll teach everyone a lesson, but I doubt it.
What’s more, it strikes me as dependent upon an exceptionally limited definition of intelligence. Now, Iron Man III, which is the movie I find myself most readily comparing it to, is a smart movie on a very literary, linguistic level. It’s intelligence comes packed in the form of dialogue and narrative. If you made it a book, you wouldn’t end up with something feeling “dumb.” In all probability, you could not do that with Pacific Rim.
But Pacific Rim (and I know this is going to come as a shock to many) isn’t a book. It’s a film. And much of what makes it intelligent comes in the form of visuals, whether it be the sight of a city built upon the bones of a monster, its skull transformed into a temple… or the way a character can be transformed from a soldier into an angelic savior in the memory of a terrified child… or the way body language can reveal the personalities of characters that otherwise remain silent throughout the film… or the way the color of a lock of hair matches the color of a remembered dress, and all that memory implies… or the way a vision of terror can simultaneously be one of awe, and majesty, and profoundly alien beauty.
Pacific Rim has a visual intelligence well suited to its visual medium. To someone inclined to close their eyes during a film and analyze it purely based upon its script and plot (as we are unfortunately often taught in school—how many Shakespeare plays did you read as bare scripts? How many did you watch without being forced to read through them first?), this would certainly seem a dumb film. But to someone more inclined towards visual learning, it’s nothing short of brilliant.
I humbly suggest that perhaps those language-oriented learners might be well served if they would open their eyes. Get help if you need it—I missed some color cues that my girlfriend caught, for example, because she’s better at processing visual metaphor type stuff than me—but don’t shy away from this type of intelligence and this type of storytelling. It’s not dumb. It’s, ultimately, just different.
And a bonus scribble of Hermann lamenting Newt’s hairstyle from
Things Exactly As They Are
AU where Newt is one of Karla Gottlieb’s best friends and he sings this song pretty much constantly
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Burn’s ice bucket challenge video!!
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Yes you could be sad about your pairings but:
- Inappropriately timed confessions
- At a ski lodge and somehow got stuck outside in the middle of the storm but hey look there’s a conveniently abandoned cabin I guess the logical thing to do is go in there and snuggle for warmth for the night
- Seeing love interest in formal wear for the first time whaaat
- Everyone thinks they’re dating and then they start wondering if they’re dating
- Oops friend looks like the only place to sleep in this house is this small, twin-sized bed, guess we’ll have to share
- Thunderstorm cuddles
- Crashed the wrong wedding and now the best man/maid of honor is on my ass, but hey they’re kinda hot so???
- Run into each other in a hospital while there for really ridiculous reasons
- Both have same obscure taste in music and meet in a dark corner of a music store
- Neighbors in a shitty apartment building that share a sense of solidarity for each other (also a mutual attraction because hotawhat)
- Sleepy kisses
- Inappropriately timed confessions
- INAPPROPRIATELY TIMED PROPOSALS
that is all
STACKEr SMELLS LIKE AXE
Axe is what’s branded as Lynx over here, right?
Obviously borrowed the shampoo from Herc (or if you prefer, the shampoo belongs to Herc and is there for when he stays over with Stacker).
Because come on, you know Herc Hansen bought that brand as a teenager and still thinks it counts as “fancy” toiletries.
THE IDEA OF TEENAGE HERC HANSEN USING AXE
FUCKING PAINS ME
BY 2025, AXE/LYNX SMELLS LIKE DAD, DOESN’T IT
I’M JUST IMAGINING MAKO’S FACE WHEN SHE SNIFFS AND REALIZES DAD SMELLS LIKE OTHER-DAD
I’M JUST IMAGINING CHUCK’S FACE WHEN HE SNIFFS AND DOESN’T SMELL ANYTHING AND MAKO’S SMUGNESS ABOUT YES THAT’S BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE SAME SHAMPOO, AND NOW YOU SMELL NOT JUST LIKE DADS, BUT DADS-STAYING-OVER-AND-DOING —
AND CHUCK’S SHOUT OF DAMN YOU MAKO MORI THAT IS AUDIBLE FROM THE NEXT MAINTENANCE BAY