Fact: Raleigh Becket is the president of the Mako Mori fanclub.

Translation: PACIFIC RIM LIVED UP TO ITS HYPE.

Was it perfect? No. A racial slur was used as a name for one of the jaegers and was repeated a number of times in the film, which DUDE NOT COOL.

But holy shit, it was amazing.

Mako was fucking incredible and I could go on for days about her but to spare you the rambling, I'll skip that. Trust me, you want me to.

Stacker! Who took the time to learn about Mako's culture when raising her, and learned Japanese to communicate with her.

TENDO, who, I swear to god, runs the Shatterdome's betting pools on Mako and Raleigh.

OH AND NEWT AND HERMANN. NEWT IS NEUROATYPICAL AND DRIFTS WITH A KAIJU BRAIN TO HELP EVERYONE. HERMANN IS DISABLED AND DRIFTS WITH NEWT AND A KAIJU BRAIN TO SAVE THE WORLD AND THEY SAVE EVERYONE AND TELL THE HEROES HOW TO MAKE IT WORK.

AND RALEIGH BECKET. Who subverts half the stereotypical white action hero shit. He never once hits on Mako, never talks down to her, never insults her, and when he ends up chasing the RABIT, to use the film's term, and it sets her off, he takes the blame on himself, because he recognizes that he should have had better control than that, and that he set her off. And then he spends most of them film going "YOU'RE SO COOL I LOVE YOU PILOT THE JAEGER WITH ME PLEASE I LOVE YOU I STARTED THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE BECAUSE OF YOU I LOVE YOU YOU'RE THE BEST I LOVE YOU". And I'm only slightly exaggerating. (Raleigh's in love with Mako and it's not even fucking subtext man.)

AND THE MESSAGE OF THE MOVIE?

the entire reason that there are two person jaeger teams is because one can't handle the stress alone, not for long. and the teams have to be what's called drift-compatible. which means that empathy and friendships and partnerships and connections with other people? make the best people for the job. raleigh himself says that he's average, and that he and yancy got the jobs because they were drift compatible.

BASICALLY BEING ABLE TO CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE WILL SAVE THE WORLD

and also, all of the characters are the ~millennial generation aka the ones that time magazine had that whole cover story bitching about. WE SAVED THE WORLD WITH GIANT ROBOTS FUCKER

basically if you haven't seen pacific rim you should see it, like, now.
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