Guillermo del Toro loves Japanese cinema, no more so than his passion for kaiju films, and it's this joy that fuels a loving homage to kaiju cinema like Pacific Rim, and it's this movie that concludes Kaijune for this very reason.
A director known for his cinematic monsters, and his metaphors for man being the monster, was surely ripe for a kaiju movie. Pacific Rim is often misjudged and misunderstood as just a smashy smashy monster robot B-movie, but it's a beautifully made B-movie, a heartfelt attempt at making something wholly unique, with del Toro’s trademark world building.
It only happened, though, because del Toro's passion project fell through. Pacific Rim would be his consolation prize, but it would also become the most fun he'd ever have on any of his sets.
My appearance on Unequal Sequel, talking about my best, worst and dream sequel, can be found here. No guesses for the worst sequel. Surprise for my dream sequel, as it's very much linked...
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