Thursday, July 19, 2012

PACIFIC RIM Invades The San Diego Comic Con

The line to gain access inside of The San Diego Comic Con's Hall H, snaked its way to literally almost two miles long.The hall has the capacity to hold 5000+ eager fanatics ,all waiting to get a glimpse of not only exclusive footage from their favorite upcoming films but to have a rare opportunity to experience it with the creators behind them.The line was always to capacity.Fans had camped for days to hopefully be fortunate enough to get out of the humidity and into an air-conditioned exhibit hall, to share a once in a life time experience.
I had the great fortune of being one of the 5000+ to attend the highly anticipated LEGENDARY/WARNER BROS.presentation of Guillermo del Toro's Giant Robots vs.Giant Monsters extravaganza, PACIFIC RIM
The presentation was moderated by Chris Hardwick,founder of The Nerdist Channel.
First to enter the illustrious panel was founder of LEGENDARY PICTURES,Thomas Tull.Before he introduced the guests of honor.The screens came alive revealing three gigantic displays.
the one on the left reveals concepts and blueprints from the film.The screen on the right contained never before seen Behind the scenes footage of the production.The middle screen was fashioned to be a metal blast door with the PACRIM logo.
Then Tull  introduced director, Guillermo del Toro and stars Charlie Hunnam,Charlie Day, Ron Perlman,and Rinko Kikuchi.
The footage of the panel is on YouTube here:

What isn't shown in the YouTube footage is the exclusive never to be seen again teaser trailer for PAC RIM.(Guillermo has expressed that there will be what he calls "radio silence" about all PAC RIM footage ,until December...when a possible trailer will be attached to THE HOBBIT.So the trailer shown in San Diego was exclusively for the Hall H attendees)
Here is my Spoiler-Free impression of the trailer.
The trailer is a slow burn that builds to what I equate to be an onslaught of visuals that gives me goosebumps every time I think about it.
Guillermo has always said that he strives to give his fans more than just 'eye-candy' but instead "eye-protein'.
Mission :Accomplished ,Senor!!!
ILM who is doing the CGI for this film has knocked it out of the park this time.
Guillermo has said that the artisans at ILM are really excited to work on this film and from the footage I've seen ,it shows!
From a work standpoint ,If you are excited about a project,I believe that the quality of craftsmanship will shine...and with this film that is definitely apparent.
No matter what your opinion of Michael Bay's TRANSFORMER trilogy cannot be denied that ILM's work on the trilogy was/is some of THE BEST work out there.
Though awestruck by the CG in TRANSFORMERS...I found the action sequences too blurry and fast paced to fully absorb all the awesome effects.But in relation to PAC RIM you are able to truly appreciate all the hard work that ILM is doing because the MECHS move at a slower pace.
You can devour every turbine working and enjoy the majestry that delToro has conjured up.
A master visual storyteller without a doubt.

The mood of the trailer is very gritty.The atmosphere is very kinetic.The color palette is rich.
There are shots of the Kaiju,but they are never really fully revealed...but what is shown,one can truly feel the scope of how large and menacing these monsters are.

The soundtrack that plays throughout the teaser,if it is indeed Ramin Djawadi's score...he somehow channels his inner Han Zimmer.A very epic sounding score.

This trailer and even more so this can tell that delToro truly LOVES the subject matter...
And heck who wouldn't ? It's Giant Robos vs. Giant Monsters kickin' the crap out of each other for goodness sakes.

Now,I had the great pleasure of watching this teaser three times(yes,I even HATE me) and I wish that it was on a continuous loop in my head,so that I could watch all the time..yes,folks,that's how frickin' AWESOME it is.

Telling people about, is an injustice, because there is no way to describe I said before ,I get goosebumps when I talk about.Heck...I have them now as I write this.
PACIFIC RIM is delToro's loveletter to the genre
Hopefully ,delToro breaks his "radio silence" and teases us with a little nugget soon!
*fingers crossed*...hell, *tentacles crossed* as well!!!

'til next time ,Cabrones!!!