Scorsese puts all the ugliness up on screen for us to see. It’s up to us how we respond. I think this film much more successfully accomplishes what Bay failed to do in Pain and Gain, where we are supposed be laughing at horrific acts like human flesh being barbecued by The Rock.
Why I’m Wrong
Wolf of Wall Street trumps Pain & Gain
Pacific Rim answers its critics
The things that you criticized Pacific Rim for lacking, such as character development, playing with scale and general world-building, were far from absent. In addition to the Alaska shoreline scene, we have the perpetual-motion device in the office building (come on, that was pretty cute) and a detailed prologue to lay out the process and necessity for the two-brain neural drift (it’s too much neural load for one brain to handle!). I’ll give it to you: Idris Elba – an incredible actor – is underutilized and Charlie Hunnam is by no means ideal. The characters also don’t give you everything you could want, but del Toro is engaged in the difficult calculus of balancing characters with the desire for Jaeger-Kaiju brawls.
A few stray thoughts: unlike in Man of Steel, this film seemed to value human life in every battle and always made the costs seem real (we also get a real view of the horror of being a bystander). Also, it was fun to see the fate of the world settled mostly with fists (and the occasional nuclear Jaeger core). And speaking of that, the explosion under the ocean was a wonderful display of water displacement!
Pain & Gain as offensive as they come
Seriously Josh! I can’t believe that anyone could actually give Pain & Gain a positive review. It’s seriously one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. Have you ever seen a film where women were objectified more? Marky Mark gives The Rock his woman as a gift! Every female character is incredibly dumb except maybe Rebel Wilson, who’s just being Rebel Wilson. How about Marky Mark’s rant about how terrible China is? Or the obligatory scene with a little person? Or the priest coming on to The Rock and him beating the priest up for comic effect? One of the most offensive films I’ve ever seen!