Pacific Rim -* * *
It's kind of like being a little boy playing with action figures in the bath tub: not the most intelligent of times, but pretty fun. And for a movie like this, it's surprising that it doesn't feel very corporate. This is because the director is Guillermo del Toro, and he seems to bring a personal element to the white noise; he's clearly enjoying himself with all the giant robots and monsters and characters, and therefore, so are we. There are visual images and sequences that stand out in the mind, and the blend of music, sound, color and technology make for a sometimes exhilarating experience. There's a kind of beauty to the silliness. It goes on a little too long, and some of the lead characters aren't too interesting, but the comic relief characters are cartoonishly amusing and Idris Elba's fine performance as the tough military leader sells his character. It's a pretty international cast too, so once again, not very corporate. I like that.