8921501I have been  excited about quite a few films this year but I think my inner 14 year-old was most excited by the thought of Guillermo del Toro’s latest film Pacific Rim. Who wouldn’t want to see enormous monsters (kaiju) and huge people-operated robot things (jaegers) knocking all kinds of hell out of each other?

And with such high expectations, was I disappointed? Of course not. It was brilliant.

A little something about the experience of going to see the movie. The Book God and I tend to like going to the cinema on Sundays, late afternoon or early evening for preference. We had booked to see this on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year at a time when our preferred multiplex had major problems with their air conditioning. One of the nice things about living in south-west London is that you’re never too far away from a cinema so we plumped for seeing this in Wimbledon. And what a lovely cinema it is , kind of a mini-multiplex with friendly staff, not that there’s anything wrong with the one in Kingston-upon-Thames but not as impersonal. I did get quite cross with the young American (I think) lad sitting behind us who chose to loudly explain to his Mum what the film was all about but at least he shut up when the film started (or it was too loud for me to hear him).

But what about the movie you may ask? Absolutely loved it. There’s a chunk before the opening credits which sets up the back story of where the nasties came from, how humanity chose to fight them, the costs of that war and sort of where we had got to when the film proper opens. That would have been a movie in itself but took about 20 minutes and gives you just enough info to be able to launch into the story proper.

Let’s ask IMDB what it’s all about:

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.

The former pilot is Charlie Hunnam, clearly someone who’s been working out (and we are given lots of opportunities to note that), the trainee is the lovely Rink Kikuchi (who I thought was fabulous) but the main draw from me was Idris Elba who is always cool and managed to announce the cancellation of the apocalypse without sounding at all ridiculous. And the always fabulous Ron Perlman is brilliantly seedy.

But the movie was always going to stand or fall by the quality of its special effects. The kaiju are just magnificent, the jaegers equally so, the settings magnificent and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. But in the middle of this del Toro drops a beautiful scene with a little girl that is just sublime.

Just smashing, one of my favourites of the year so far.