I’m not one to take too much stock from sites like Rotten Tomatoes. Now, more than ever, critical reviews of a film’s more traditional merits seems all the more pointless. Especially when it comes action blockbusters such as Godzilla: King of Monsters.
I have always admired Godzilla from afar. the Kaiju genre is something that intrigued me from a young age, but much to my shame, I could just never get past how all the monsters just looked like guys in rubber suits. Which is pretty damn hypocritical of me considering how much I adored Power Rangers and a child.
It even took me a while to actually sit myself down and watch the first part of Netflix’s computer animated Godzilla trilogy: Planet of Monsters.
I can’t think of a more unlikely sequel than Pacific Rim Uprising. As much as I liked Guillermo Del Toro’s foray into bringing his childhood to the big screen, Pacific Rim never felt like it lit the world on fire after the pretty aggressive hype train leading up to its release. The fact that it got a sequel at all is pretty astounding. It’s only when you start to delve into the production behind the upcoming movie that you realise how little in common it actually has to the original cult favourite.
Before I start telling you how Uprising is different, I need to talk a little about the first Pacific Rim. Just to contextualise why this sequel might not be what you expect, something that a lot of people might have wildly different feelings about considering the divided opinion on the that 2013 summer blockbuster.