If you like giant robots punching each other, and that describes me as well as anything, then it looks like you’re going to love Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. It appears to have all the giant robot action of Transformers, with the added benefit of the story not centering around the most obnoxious family on Earth. USA Today just posted eight new stills, and AICN broke the news that the film had a special screening last night in Burbank. Hollywood is nothing if not a town built on ass kissing, and people who would skip the Super Bowl for an advanced screening are probably the type who might geek out over a movie more than others, but word seems to be positive. Though that word is mostly being collated by the studio itself, of course. At the very least, Looper director Rian Johnson liked it.
Go into Pacific Rim prepared to be transmogrified into a 12 year old. And then to pee your pants with joy. I love it so much.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) February 2, 2013
Ooh, ‘transmogrified,’ well la di da, Professor Wordlington. Anyway, my big takeaway here is that there are some robot jox who fight Godzilla, and one of the robots looks like the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Here’s to hoping that at some point he falls to the ground complaining of a flesh wound with a stump limb the size of the Chrysler building. My God, did I just type all of that? I get nerdier just being near this movie, like nerd osmosis.
I believe that’s Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny there, even though they’ve made him look like New Wave Rick Moranis. Honey I Shrunk the Kids and my girlfriend’s in a coma.
And here’s Charlie Hunnam as “Raleigh Becket,” which is probably the fruitiest action movie name ever. “Yeah, my parents named me after their favorite author and a bicycle.” (*flips scarf, bitchily sips latte*)
Meanwhile, Idris Elba plays “Stacker Pentacost,” which is awesome.
See also: 80 Years of Space Helmets.
This looks so much like Robot Jox and I love that.
I SAID NO TICKLING!
Yes, there will be punching.
I like that even though they’re not anatomically correct, they still have gender-specific crotch plates (also the name of my indie band, etc.). I’m hoping for a co-ed shower scene a la Starship Troopers. Of course, I always say that.
[USA Today via SlashFilm]
Opens July 13th.