Pacific Rim was a movie which I enjoyed very much for pure spectacle factor, but it received heavy criticism because of the supposedly thin characters and story. I thought both sufficed for a film like this and it could have been much worse, but it turns out that even the film’s lead actor doesn’t share my opinion. Chatting with Entertainment Weekly on the set of his new blockbuster King Arthur, Charlie Hunnam revealed that he thought the final product favoured the action and special effects a little more than the characters.
“When it becomes very technical, those technical aspects create a rigidity to the process. Then all of the sudden, you have to find where your little place to fit into that process is, as opposed to the whole thing being about you.”
“I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim to marry those two elements, I do feel like ultimately it got weighed heavier on the side of spectacle than storytelling.”
I gotta say, I admire Mr. Hunnam a hell of a lot more after this. It’s a tough thing to publicly admit that a big movie which you’re soon shooting a sequel for wasn’t as great as you’d hoped and it hopefully won’t cause any bad blood between he and director Guillermo del Toro. Few realise how difficult the filmmaking process really is. You can start out with a fantastic script and a talented creative team out filming, but then somewhere along the line something goes wrong and the great movie you once had is gone.
The actor also shared his wishes for the sequel, supposedly titled Maelstrom and beginning filming this year.
“I hope that we are able to remedy that a little bit going into the second. Not to say I wasn’t proud of the film. I really liked it, and I felt like it delivered exactly what it was supposed to. But I do feel like we could have maybe plumbed the depths of the character and the storytelling a little bit more.”
Kinda generic and obvious wishes, but wishes nonetheless.
In an alternate reality Pacific Rim probably has a 90% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and blew up the box office, but we sadly don’t live in that reality. Instead the movie received middling returns and reviews and is probably barely scraping a sequel. Apparently the budget will be much lower than the previous film (who can blame Legendary?), so Hunnam may end up getting his wish with more character interactions and less monsters hitting each other.