I saw this a second time in IMAX 3D and enjoyed it more. Definitely a film that takes advantage of the IMAX format. First time I've seen a full-length Hollywood movie in IMAX. Amazing experience.
How does it take advantage of the IMAX format when it isn't shot in IMAX? I don't understand the fascination with Hollywood movies being projected in IMAX theatres. Everyone was raving about it, so I took the opportunity to go see a film in an IMAX theatre when I was in Calgary one time. It was Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon. At the time, it was 13 bucks for admission and I convinced a friend of mine to see it with me. I was disappointed in the result. I was expecting to be immersed because of the larger screen, but it just felt like I was watching an image projected inside a postage stamp frame since most of the IMAX screen wasn't used. I was so disappointed that I told myself I would never bother watching a non-IMAX film in an IMAX theater again.
It didn't help that the film was awful to boot. All that kept running through my mind was, "Wolfgang, wah happened?" I couldn't believe that the man who made the single greatest submarine war picture in cinema history could have sunk to the level of directing something as awful as Poseidon. Sorry, about digressing but I would really like to know how a non-IMAX film like "Pacific Rim" took advantage of that format.
Regarding "Pacific Rim". I saw it a couple of weeks ago at a stadium style theatre in Kamloops. Damn, I wish I had one of those theatres where I live. I would probably go out to more movies. I'm not a big fan of Giant Monster movies, but I found Pacific Rim to be a pretty entertaining film with some spectacular action set pieces. I think one of the biggest problems with it is that it took itself a little TOO seriously. Most of the "humour" was provided by the two scientists and I really didn't find them all that funny. I think they actually detracted from the film because they were too caricatured in relation to all of the other characters. I got taken out of the film every time they showed up. The only time one of them really worked was when he was playing off against Ron Perlman's character and that was because, all of a sudden, he seemed to be playing the character straighter and in a lower key.
The other small nitpick I had was the way a lot of the action was framed. The framing was too close, so I was having trouble seeing the fights in relation to the surroundings. Some of the fights started feeling like Michael Bay was framing them.....all arms, legs, torso and flying glass and metal with no way to really get the scale of destruction.
I'm surprised it isn't doing so well at the box office. It is better than all of the Transformer movies put together. Of course, a lot of people would say that that isn't saying much at all. All in all, I liked the film, but I still have to say that Neon Genesis Evangelion still did it better in terms of creating flawed characters fighting giant civilization destroying monsters.