If you ask director Guillermo del Toro about his new film Pacific Rim, he’ll tell you size does matter. This is a big movie on a giant scale! A few days ago, people all over the internet went crazy for the first Pacific Rim trailer. It gave us a really good look at the Jaegers (giant robots) and Kaiju (alien sea monsters) that will be featured in the film. Guillermo del Toro took some time to do a commentary to explain what went into the trailer and what we’ll expect to see next summer. Watch the trailer commentary below.
Sitting side-by-side with Guillermo Toro is probably the most ideal way to watch any movie. The trailer features two story elements; how the pilots work together to “move in synchronicity” inside of a Jaeger and the first Kaiju attack on San Francisco.
It also seems like the heart of the film will rely on the relationship between Raleigh Antrobus (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). We should expect to see these two characters flourish throughout the film (and perhaps the film series).
At this point, the biggest thing going against Pacific Rim is that it might not be as an engaging story as the amazing visuals suggest. Luckily, Guillermo del Toro is a smarter director than most Hollywood directors so the film may have more emotional stakes than other big summer blockbusters. All the visually arresting imagery will mean nothing if an audience can’t engage with the film’s narrative and characters, just look at most of the Transformers films.
Pacific Rim opens in theaters everywhere on July 12, 2013 in IMAX 3D.