When I was a kid, I grew up watching the old Japanese Godzilla movies and the first few seasons of the American Power Rangers series. The latter especially, has a special place in my heart because many of the giant robot battles were so ridiculously entertaining, in a good way.
Pacific Rim is a brilliant throwback to all of those classic shows: be it animated series such as Gundam or Evangelion, or live-action kaiju films. My two friends who watched Pacific Rim with me were calling bullshit at the Kaiju monsters in the show:
“That [giant] monster can FLY?? It needs to generate a [force with the power of a] tornado in order to do that!”
“Did that monster just use a biological EMP attack? That’s BULLSHIT.”
“Why is the Jaeger using the ship as a weapon when he already has a sword extension in his arm?”
“His sword made a PERFECT bisection on the Kaiju, that’s impossible!”
Of course, I didn’t really care about these non-credible moments, because that would be missing the entire point of Pacific Rim. Movies and videogames in recent years, have been trying too hard to be more intelligent — they must have proper, feasible plots; strong characters; and thematic, underlying motifs in the story. Pacific Rim shows us, that every once in a while, it’s perfectly okay to become dumb once again. Dumb does not always = bad.