As long as I can remember I have ALWAYS been a a giant monster movie fan. It didn’t matter if it was a man in a rubber suit or some CGI monstrosity cooked up in some producer’s drugged-induced haze. Godzilla, Rodan, Gamorra, Ultraman, King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, even Godzooky (yeah, I said it)… I was hooked. When I heard that Guillermo Del Toro was doing a giant monster movie?….
I was ecstatic !! I’m pretty much a fan of just about everything he’s done from “Mimic”, “Blade II”, the “Hellboy” franchise to “Pan’s Labyrinth”. I was one of those that cheered for joy when he was originally tagged as the Director for “The Hobbit”… then equally devastated when he left the project (not his fault… the studio was having money issues)… then happy again to learn that Peter Jackson was donning the lead chair once again. So I have high expectations of this movie. Not because I like the cast of Charlie Hunnam (“Children of Men”, “Cold Mountain”) and Idris Elba (“Luther”, “The Wire”, “Prometheus” and a crap load of other movies), but because I liked the simple premise of the movie as well.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea and begin a war that would takes millions of lives and consumes humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
The 1998 “Godzilla” movie was terrible. “Cloverfield” was good, but I had issues in respect to the fact that I didn’t care about any of the leads. GDT though has a knack for monsters. The creepiness of the creatures in “Pan’s Labyrinth” to the intricacy and variety of the ones in “Hellboy: The Golden Army” – WOW. This man has talent. Plus… and it’s a big plus… he can tell a story and make you give a ding dang dong about the leads in his movies. So bring it GDT – show me what you’ve got. All 300+ feet of it.
The leads in question:
All I can say is…