While humanity is in dire straits in Pacific Rim this isn’t some sort of Nolan-esque meditation on the futility of heroism or the failings of men - it’s a movie about triumph and hope and overcoming all odds.
They can remember it for you wholesale, and they do. At some point, we licensed our pop cultural nostalgia to a handful of multinational conglomerates (well, to be fair, they always owned the licenses) and now they’re selling them back…
I saw this movie once when I was 12 years old and thought it was stupid. I watched it on TV last night. Now I’m not sure if it’s the most brilliant war movie ever, or just one of the most brilliant war movies ever.
Revisiting this film in class might have been the most worthwhile part of 4 years in college and thousands in student loans. The only thing better than its existence is imagining what the studio executive’s face must have looked like after watching the first cut.
Here’s Marc Gasol answering questions from the media after helping his team to a Game 5, series-clinching victory over the Thunder. At about the 25-second mark, a reporter asks him how meaningful a trip to the Western Conference finals is to the franchise. His response is priceless.