Considering how hard it is to make a decent monster movie, Pacific Rim knocked it out of the park. Of course, they couldn't just do 2 hours of monster battles, as the budget would have tripled. As is, the characters were all genre cliches, except for Mako, and that was pretty much what I expected. Del Toro is a huge old monster movie fan, and simply wanted to make his version, but with modern tech. I feel he succeeded, but understand why some people may have a problem with what he made.
I liked the music, too, Din, and bought the ST. It fit the movie perfectly.
The sword moment was amazing, and had me geeking out big time! Loved it.
This was a total bonding movie between me and my son.
The Place Beyond the Pines -
I found this movie very strange. It started out rather interesting, with Ryan Gosling in a pretty good role. Then about halfway through it switches gears and becomes something else. It was an odd transition that took me a while to get into. Like I was suddenly watching another movie. Eventually, the two parts come together, but only because of ridiculous only-in-the-movies coincidences. I couldn't stand either of the two main children, so all their scenes really bothered.me. It seemed to me that the director thought he was making some important interconnected masterpiece, when in reality it's totally disjointed, and full of horrible contrivances, which resulted in me caring about none of these characters.
I watched Skyfall tonight. Review forthcoming.