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Pacific Rim: The Best, Dumbest Movie – Movies with Mikey

We used to think of of ourselves like King
Kong. But we ain’t who we used to be. Our hopes, our dreams, even the distant memories
of those dreams. Just gone. What if we were all monsters just fightin’
to stay alive? Fightin’ against hell every goddamn day
just to find a lick of peace in this rock? We faced down the monsters but we had to make
our own to do it. Who can tell where one monster ends and the other beg ins? We couldn’t even find peace amongst ourselves,
what made us think the Kaiju would just give it to us because we made some comically-gargantuan
dumbass robots? This is our reality now and this is our purpose. Only this. Only death. There is no end except your own. We don’t celebrate birthdays no more. Just another thing
on a long list a shit that don’t matter no more neither. We fight for the privilege of fightin’ again
tomorrow. We wake up, some of us die, and we go to bed. Then we repeat it again tomorrow, only less
of us are alive this time. Sucks for me most of all, though. Patrick just did a great goddamn video on
Terrance Malick. But it wasn’t to be. Michael, you fool. Watch Patrick’s video it’s really good. Hey, here’s a lot of super complicated stuff
to talk about! We need to ask broad questions here that might
not have simple answers. Broad examples that span entire cultures through
the lens of the same medium. Allow me to illustrate, for example the depth
of this impossible-to-solve cranial bone-dumpster could be centered on: Before you answer,
Kaiju, culturally and etymologically, are a Japanese invention. Itself a Japanese word meaning STRANGE BEAST. There are vague references in literature before
this point but the concept of Kaiju as mainstream in the modern era will come from our journey
in film. We open in 1933 with the release of Wasei
Kingu Kongu in Japan. It’s just a dude in a gorilla costume. This was released the same year King Kong
was in America. The turn around on this was incredible. Then later in 1938 Japan just made a King
Kong movie. Then World War II happens. And we move to 1954, Godzilla comes out and
that’s where the modern idea of Kaiju really comes from. Ishirō Honda made a film where the monster
and the havoc it wreaks, is personified by a giant monster that destroys cities, but
really it’s a stark reminder that humans are the people caught in the unimaginable
horror of nuclear holocaust. Even the silly stereotypes about Godzilla
movies about dudes in suits come from a panic created intentionally after the movie was
released in America that cut 16 minutes of footage out of the film and made Raymond Burr
an American journalist and gave that character V.O. that just talks over everything that
they didn’t bother to translate in the first place. and oh whoops, deleted all of the subtext
and nuance about the consequences suffered on innocent people as a result of the world
entering the nuclear age. America pretended it was a dumb monster movie
about a dude in a rubber suit because that’s what America do. Which makes scenes like this one in Steven
Spielberg’s sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World, really weird. America referencing their own racist trope
based on their own misunderstanding of a classic film, making a joke about their own censorship
of said film. Bra-f***** g-vo, US. King Kong and Godzilla suddenly take on meaning
as symbols of identity. The most serious action in all of human history
and its repercussions that are still felt today, is at the center of monster punching
movies. In a lot of ways, Godzilla was art made to
try and help a culture understand an evolving, extremely difficult world. This is at the heart of Kaiju and Kaiju culture. LOOKING AT YOU, Sora no Daikaijū Radon! In 1962 King Kong in fact did fight Godzilla
in a movie called … hang on, sorry … King Kong vs. Godzilla. Ok. Some of the artists working on this movie
list the original King Kong as an inspiration in their work at Toho on Godzilla. These monsters are intrinsically linked in
ways that modern studios absolutely do not appear to understand or worse, appreciate. Okay, smash cut to Ultraman! [Del Toro] “I loved the TV
shows like Ultraman, UltraQ… I grew up watching that too.” Power Rangers. Voltron. Friggin’ Rampage. Neon Genesis Evangelion. A thing people have a couple of opinions on. BUT DID YOU KNOW that Frankenstein is a Kaiju? I know! It’s a turbo-funky world, y’all. Kaiju culture is big and over the top and
hilarious and somehow endearing because there’s generally a heart yearning for meaning our
shared worldly chaos. You don’t have to think about big monster
fights too hard, but it’s awesome when we see deeper meaning in films, especially when
they’re about huge-tastic robots punching through space avocados [can say] something
about who we are and where we came from. Let’s talk about the movie, and by extension
Guillermo Del Toro and his effusive, never-expiring joy. Pacific Rim is a 2013 gigantic robot film
written by Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro, directed by Guillermo Del Toro. It is the canonical sequel to Robot Jox. Not a lot of people know that, because it
is, in fact, wrong. “He puts so much attention to the detail,
and cares so much about how it looks.” We’re going to talk about this movie through
the gleeful eyes of Del Toro who asked that designers not use pop culture references when
having conversations about design. Don’t reference Evangelion. Not Voltron. Pretend you’re really canceling the apocalypse
with giant robots and solve it with design. So, let’s talk about those Jaegers. To start thoughts on visuals and stories were
agreed upon, reworked to include the engineering and space for some mechanics a Jaeger would
actually require, then went to the outside and designed the vents, exhausts… [del Toro] “And then we pulled back and
started designing the vents and skin on top of that.” There’s gonna be a theme here where everyone
tries exceptionally hard to deliver on the love letter to robot punches. The designers created distinct and interesting
robots and then made them work. You can go down the rabbit hole for hours
on just the Jaegers. Take Cherno Alpha for example, the oldest
Jaeger still fighting the fight, powered by a nuclear reactor. [del Toro] “…and sort of a nuclear reactor
on top of that. It looks like a giant headed robot but if
you look at it carefully it’s actually a smaller robot carrying the reactor like this.” It looks like a big, slow ass beater, who
puts big cylinders in its hands called “the roll of nickels” to punch better. A move Gypsy Danger later steals, only this
time with shipping containers. At its heart, Pacific Rim is about the world
coming together to put up a final defense against their own extinction. They put up a sea wall against an apocalyptic-threat
that came from the ocean because subtlety is for mimes. Ya burnt, mimes. Did I mention Idris Elba is in this movie
as a tough as nails commander with a secret? “Today we are a cancelling the apocalypse.” You see, Pacific Rim is a bit of a tone salad. Just whatever is in there. Ay, name an ingredient you can’t put in
a salad, take a moment if you need it Pacific Rim wants you to have a good time. It’s summer-level camp played not just straight,
but with conviction. “If we’re going to do this, I need you
to protect me.” We have differences we must work through. It’s endearingly simplistic in this day
in age. The earth’s in some real trouble here and
the only solution is…. Guillermo is a huge fan of Kaiju art, in seemingly
all forms, and he pays respect the history of this art form as well as its future. Also these clips will never get old. I’m not sure how many times in any perso n’s
life where the opportunity to make a gigantic monsters-fighting-robots movie will come across
the ol’ plate, but if you say yes, and you’re tapping into a deep, cultural touchstone,
you need to execute a thing with respect and also justify your own existence. It is a very simple message about the entire
world coming together to face down their own extinction and it hits Independence Day levels
of hoorah-ah-ah. Which is a nice, clean message. Multiple academy award-winning Guillermo Del
Toro took a straight B-movie level premise and delivered a AAA film that a lot of people
hold very dear, while still delivering the B-est of movies. Yes, I see what I did there also. It’s weird, and pretty gross while simultaneously
being oddly-beautiful, and operates with a details-obsessed level of filmmaking, and
a less than obsessed approach to physics. Which is not a complaint. It’s telling to see what this movie takes
seriously and what it doesn’t. The virtual cameras in this film operate on real camera rules. A shot can go where you could theoretically
build a thing or have a helicopter near said thing. Where ‘thing’ is used here to denote a
massive city-eating leviathan or a 7,000 ton machine. Pacific Rim does not have cameras that draw
attention to themselves and make you feel like you’re watching a video game. Jaegers move slowly and arduously, and they
can only punch so fast, so you might as well put a rocket on its elbow so it can shoot
rocket punches and somehow that tangle of words I just called a sentence checks out. “Yeah uh, hey I have some feedback. The average infrastructure of a city wouldn’t
support massive robots and kaiju running around and bopping each other on the heads on top
of metropolitan streets cuz like the whole city would just collapse or whatever. I’m very smart. I talk on the internet.” I think practically everyone involved in this
movie knew that absolutely none of this could happen in real life. That’s why it’s a movie. “Candy doesn’t have to have a point. That’s why it’s candy.” The world of this movie absorbs the Kaiju. They build new things out of their bones. There’s an entire black market devoted to
their anatomy. There is so much thought, and care, and effort,
and joy in every single frame. You can dig in this sandbox for hours and
still find new things. Guillermo has a heart for monsters. They aren’t just villains, they’re just
… another character. And they go out of their way to characterize
everything in this film. And I appreciate that even if it wasn’t
something I always did myself. So I guess what I’m saying is it’s time
to come clean about something. I always wondered, if it came down to it,
does that person even exist? That fabled but unproven, one person that
mirrors every fundamental aspect of your existence? The one. Drift compatibility. They said, outside of kin—maybe people you’ve
known since your toddlin’ stretch, if you’re looking hard enough. But it’s too fundamental of connection to
be random. Fate of the world, right? Take no chances, but you’ll probably have
to anyway. Who, is drift compatible, with me? It’s a big question. Scope of the universe type shit. If it comes down to it, is your mind in sync
with someone else’s so well, that you could save the world? I haven’t always appreciated this movie. I use that word purposely. I did not value what this movie was offering,
but knocking it because of what it wasn’t. And every trusted friend that came to me and
told me maybe I was missing something, I didn’t listen to. My biggest gripe. My biggest beef. The thing I couldn’t wait to tell everyone
about… was about why drift compatibility was this massive port of call for storytelling
and I held it against this movie that they didn’t do what I wanted them to do with
that concept. You see, drift compatibility would allow you
to see a person’s entire life: all of their guilt, all of their worst romantic encounters,
all of their family drama, all of their fear, every mistake you’ve ever made and that
means DRAMA. But that wasn’t what this movie was trying
to do and I myopically believed that made me somehow superior. You’re probably asking yourself, When is
He Going to Talk about the Title? Right now. I called this episode Pacific Rim: The Best,
Dumbest Movie. Hey, real talk, being a Youtuber is hard. You have to come up with a topic and provide
meaningful insight on a topic every few weeks. And if you take too long, or people disagree
loudly with your conclusions or how you made them, ya burnt. Last year, I started putting together a schedule
of loose ideas toward the beginning of the year, so at least I have some idea what I’m
doing next after I finish a video. It gives me comfort to plan in this way. So, earlier this year, I had an idea to talk
about how Pacific Rim was the best B movie of all time. I didn’t mean dumb as a pejorative, but
it was still operating on that belief I had that Pacific Rim was not as smart as it could
be, even if it’s the best time you can have at a movie. I was wrong. I’m overjoyed I did this episode because
I can say that I was wrong. Pacific Rim was a conciliation movie. Del Toro had spent years on a film called
At the Mountains of Madness, a Lovecraftian oovrah. He worked on this movie for two and a half
years, during which Avatar came out. Del Toro then got James Cameron on board as
a producer, but even that wasn’t enough to sway Universal Pictures to part with 150
million dollars. All of that left the door open for Pacific
Rim, a film that would highlight his entire life, and the things that brought him joy. Del Toro credits Pac Rim as being the only
film shoot he has ever enjoyed, fully, completely, from start to finish, every single day. He took a history, he himself lived in almost
daily as a child, and put the dreams of all of the people that have made these incredible
kaiju films over the years up onto the screen. In a way no one had ever seen before. He was in a position to take a massive swing
at celebrating the entire history of a genre, and he succeeded on such a scale, if it was
anyone other than Del Toro, I probably wouldn’t believe it was possible. When you see the breadth of what they were
attempting to do, it’s hard not to stand in awe. I probably should have changed the title after
I announced it, to something like “Pacific Rim: Wow! Gee-Whiz! Goodness-golly-glaciers!” but I also think it puts a punctuation mark
on what I mean. A ton of people think Pacific Rim is a dumb
movie, I used to be one of ‘em. And for me it’s almost a joke to me at this
point but I think it’s a badge. I think it’s endearing. I think a lot of people look at Pacific Rim
and say “I think this is a dumb movie.” And now I can look them in the eyes and say
“Yeah. It’s the BEST dumbest movie.” hey It’s my voice again I’m actually here for
the credits. With David Mcintyre, A wooden leg, brosephine,
Matt Hessinger, Ken Burns, John, Bret Brizzee, Trey Bushart, Sam Bacon, Jennifer Adame, Christopher
Woo, ….. MAN this is so Blacktoothbob. I can do ’em all! uh, hey. How’s it going everyone? I really thought I was gonna get through that. Uh, cuz I’m dumb. Um this is scrolling way too fast. Yes, I pay good money just to see these in
the credits. And I say good things to keep you in them? I dunno. Yeah, so this dealt with some of my existential
dread about doing this. Sort of connecting up some of my feelings
over the past few years. I mean, Pacific Rim came out a long time ago
but I carried that with me for a long time. And I wanted to come clean and be like ‘I
was very wrong!’ unlike Sandy & Jayremy Lester who are always right. Little known fact. A lot of people don’t know that. Go to please. If you want to support us. Also like this video, subscribe to the channel. Just make our metrics blow up I’m told that’s
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  • Mikey did you by any chance re-watch the Interstellar film, in theaters for the space event that a bunch of theaters held? I can't help but think this video intro and the reshowing of Interstellar are linked lol.

  • One of the few movies I've watched in theaters multiple times. Only other movie I've done that with recently was Spider-verse.

  • I loved this movie so much! I seriously love that this movie was what it was and didn’t apologize for any of it.

  • Pacific Rim is a good litmus test for your inner critic. If the fun of the movie is overpowered by your nitpicks, you may have some soul-searching to do. Movies are allowed to be dumb as long as they're fun.

    I would argue that this movie has some pacing issues. But it's still great.

  • This movie is what happens you have nearly unparalleled talent, a love for an under appreciated genre, and ceaseless joy to your work. It’s dumb, but still a really good movie.

  • yes, very true a dumb movie smart enough to not pretend to be, maybe it´s like abstract art in a way, like a picasso or smth.

  • Story was good but acting was sub par and I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters. Forced chemistry between the two mains. The sequel was 1000% better in my opinion.

  • why has youtube not shown me videos from your channel for over 6 months? :C i watch movie thoughts videos all the time, it should know i'm interested :/

  • I love Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim 2 is one of those rare sequels that retroactively tarnishes the movie that came before it. At least Alien waited until the 3rd movie in the series to do that.

    Anyway, loved this video, thanks Mikey!

  • From everything that belongs to the dumb factor the only thing out of place is the phrase "to fight monsters we had to create our own beasts" or whatever they said like this. This one thing is full of shit and dont belong to any area closer than 500 km from the badass masterpiece that is "we're cancelling the apocalypse".

  • Man, I'll say that was an abridged history. America has a huge impact on the the birth of Godzilla and Kaiju. Beasts from 20,000 Fathoms, made the year before G'54, and Max Flesher's Superman series had an obvious Godzilla type monster in an episode before Godzilla was a thing. Then after Godzilla came to be, he went from a force of nature and a villain to savior of the Earth, embracing his American title, King of the Monsters.

    And Frankenstein is not a kaiju. His monster is though

  • Well, you can't spell dumbest without best.

    All in all, while flawed as it may be, Pacific Rim is just an absolutely fun film. The care put into creating the world, the Jaegers and the kaiju is just brilliant. The color pallet is lively and vibrant without being overbearing (and Cosmavoid put out a wonderful video highlighting the color theory of this film and how it relates to our main characters). The love for the kaiju and tokusatsu genre Del Toro has really shines through in this work, and I am glad to hear that he enjoyed every aspect of filming this wonderful feature.

  • Everytime I see Pacific Rim I am reminded that Mako Mori should have been The Major in Ghost in the Shell instead of Black (white?) Widow…

  • Oh Mikey, I love your stuff so much. I'd legitimately would buy a collectors Blu-ray with all your Movies with Mikey essays and like behind the scenes stuff and the work process that goes into one of these. Your the best thing to happen to youtube since Every Frame a Painting!

  • In Japan nukes create monsters and in America it makes heros, because America won the war by using a nuclear warfare and Japan saw the horrors of nuclear warfare

  • Heh, I just assumed the title was a reference to the Honest Trailer's "The most awesome dumb movie ever made"/"Awesome Dumb Robot Movie".

  • Gotta say this but if you just wanted to gush on Del Toro you could have just called the video Gushing on Del Toro.

    Practically at the end and you really havent done anything to talk about why the movie is so good beyond some very broad talking points that all circle back to Del Toro.

    Yes hes integral to what made this movie work but the actual elements in this movie (the theme of moving on and trusting another person, the painstaking attention paid to scale, the fact that it made an anime style story palatable to an even wider audience, human drama that doesnt make you long for the robot/kaiju action etc) do soooo much to make this movie endearing and you touched on pretty much none of it.

    Yes, we all get it, its a movie that shouldnt work but it does work. And Del Toro deserves his credit, but the movie itself is more than just its director.

    So long story short you need to part 2 this and dig into the film itself.

  • I will forever hate executives because they’ve killed every last one of Guillermo’s best projects in the womb and I will never forgive them.

  • It's more than a little wrong of you to reduce American attitudes towards the Japanese a short ten years after WWII to racism. Without even bothering to talk about the kind of fighting that happened or reference Pearl Harbor, Japan was every inch the war criminal that Germany was, right down to nightmarish "medical" research (Unit 731). The Rape of Nanking (and in general, the around 12 million Chinese civilians killed by the Japanese through the war) was an act that Japan still refuses to actually even apologize for in a proper manner. If you were captured by the Japanese, there was a real chance that not only would you be tortured and killed, but also eaten. They maintained "comfort stations" and a literal army's worth of sex slaves (a few hundred thousand). On top of that the Pacific Theater saw some of the most personal, brutal, and intense fighting in any modern war.

    "Removing nuance" from the original release of Godzilla by having untranslated dialogue and a narrator essentially weaving a new story was not only understandable, but also justified in the same way one wouldn't expect the Jews to be onboard with a German film commiserating the loss of what could have been a glorious age under the Third Reich. As for the gag of the running Japanese man, that's the only thing that's even remotely respectful of the source material in that remake. This is just unthinking cynicism and this strange presumption that everything done by Americans is somehow always completely evil.

    The same kind of cynicism you typically are trying to combat in your videos. I'm not trying to weave some image of a pure and wholly just America. We've been plagued with all kinds of major issues, but again, like you keep pointing out about many of the films you talk about, it's not always that simple. Like now it's easy to decry the use of nukes, but did you know that things were so tense between the US-UK and USSR by the end of the war, the UK had created plans to reactivate 10 divisions of the Wehrmacht to help US-UK forces to stop the Red Army because they weren't sure they would stop taking over Europe on their own (look up "Operation Unthinkable"). Those two nukes dropped on Japan were, among other things, intended to not only show the USSR that we had these new, powerful bombs, but also had the will to use them and that we were capable of making more than one. We knew what happened at the Battle of Stalingrad. We knew how little Russia valued life. We knew what was happening behind the Russian advance.

    Was it the best of decisions? The most moral? We simply don't know. We can't say for certain that any measure one inch short of what was done could have secured the USSR stopping at Berlin. How do you prove a negative?

    I don't ask that you or anyone reading this ignore our transgressions as a nation. I do ask that you give the people involved in an endeavor that's wildly more complicated and difficult than making movies the same level of consideration that you give movies though.

  • The thing about the wall seems a bit on the nose in modern context, but you gotta remember that a certain anthropomorphic cheeto didn't start ranting about one until this movie had been out for three years.

  • Pacific Rim is a movie that knows what it’s supposed to be and doesn’t shy from it. Del Toro crafted a world that felt lived in. He didn’t turn and wink at us like we have to be reminded it’s not real.
    If you come at a movie with respect and integrity, you can make a move about damn near anything. Del Toro did just that. PR is every monster movie I saw as a kid all grown up. And I loved every minute of it.

  • My adult daughter and I would squee about the trailer before this came out. When GD brings that ship around and uses it like a club against Otachi we would lose it. She would randomly just stop and look at me and say… 'But dad, dat boat!' When I saw this movie in theatres I teared up when the helicopters dropped GD into the sea outside Hong Kong. That horn blared and I leaned over to my wife and said 'this is exactly what I wanted.' I have been an avid kaiju fan since the 70s and this movie was a love letter to my fandom. I appreciated it very much. I still call this my favorite movie.

  • It left me awestruck when I left the cinema. It was an incredible experience on the big screen. I don’t think I’ve seen anything that’s had the same effect since.

  • I really didn’t like how useless the female character was the entire movie. She was either too emotional or passing out and jeopardizing everything and then at the end she doesn’t even get to have any redemption as a hero character. Her dumb ass is unconscious once again, And then all she does is Howl’s moving Castle style resurrect the white dude. I don’t know why she was even in the movie she has no value to the plot or as a character. The fact that she’s utterly useless really spoiled a lot of the movie for me because she’s in a lot of the movie.

  • It makes little difference to this video outside the intro, but I just need to point out that the original Godzilla is almost directly an adaptation of Ray Harryhausen's The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.

    I simply don't understand why so few people acknowledge this, or why so many people just aren't at all aware of it.
    It seems like a pretty HUGE deal to the history of kaiju….

    FTR: The American Godzilla from 1998 is actually more of a re-adaptation of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms than it is an adaptation of the Godzilla mythology that had evolved.

  • Whenever someone asks me how I felt about Pacific Rim that is the phrase I use, "it is the greatest, dumbest movie you will ever watch".

  • Hey Mikey, this is off-topic, but I'd be incredibly interested to your take on the film The Chaser ( I just watched it yesterday and I'm still reeling. I know you've got some train of tasks and projects to attend to and don't mean to derail any of them, but I and the fans would really appreciate it if you could give it a go or squeeze it in somewhere. Thanks and moar powuh ta youu! :')

  • Keep the Ron Perlman footage. Lose every other goddam frame of this steaming pile of monster shit. Monsters from another dimension are impervious to bombs and bullets, but really don't like a punch in the mouth from a giant mecha operated by two schucks deep inside. CHRIST! WHAT GARBAGE!!

  • God your video's are good. The style, the music, the editing, your insights and conclusions are all so engaging and interesting. I could listen to our intro theme all day. I love it. Great work.

  • so idk if it's been said in your comments somewhere before but watching several movies with mikey recently, I almost feel like this piece of your channel should be renamed "Movie Morals with Mikey" you always hit us with "the moral of this movie is…" and it's super interesting. but also sometimes the way you leave things open ended makes me feel like you have more to say and craving a deeper dive into your mind on each movie you talk about.

  • I have a pet theory about why the "weight" of the Jaegers in this makes them feel more real despite them being wholly unrealistic:


    "Walking" is, ultimately, deliberately unbalancing yourself, allowing gravity to pull you forward and down, then catching yourself with your foot so you can do it all over again. It's a cycle of motion that is governed by the pull of gravity, which governs how quickly you will be pulled once unbalanced, and the the length of your leg, which determines how far you can let yourself fall before you have to complete the step.

    When you take the human form and scale it up to a couple hundred feet tall, one of those things changes and the other does not. A giant mecha can have a hundred-foot-long leg, but the force of gravity remains 32 feet per second per second.

    I have a hunch that the human brain is able to recognize this. Perhaps not the math and the geometry, but it realizes on a fundamental level that the taller something is, the longer it will take for gravity to pull it down. When it sees something that is intended to be huge being affected by gravity more like something much smaller would be, it rejects the apparent scale and insists that what it's seeing isn't actually that big.

    TL;DR: our brains can estimate how big something is by how fast it falls, so having "big" things fall too fast makes them look smaller.

  • Honestly, one thing that really embodies Pacific Rim's attitude towards its concept is the main theme, heard most notably in the scene where we meet Gipsy Danger for the first time. The theme is bold and most importantly unapologetic. It knows exactly what it is, and didn't compromise to make it more approachable to non-fans.

  • OHHHH MY FUCKING GOD DRIFT COMPATIBILITY ?? KAIJUS ???? HE'S AMERICAN AND SHE'S JAPANESE HOLY SHIT this is amazing I love this movie, it really is a love movie huh

  • So …You are saying that WWII was a failure because it didn't stop the Japanese predilection to make Monster Movies?

  • I wanted to downvote for some of the early remarks, but damn that ending made me have to upvote…Ive always loved Pacific Rim, and I hate when people call it dumb.

  • And then they fired him and gave the sequal to Steven DeKnight, who according to imdb has done nothing else as a movie director.

  • Pacific Rim is unironically my favorite movie of all time and it is so dumb if you try to analyze the world it’s set in but good god why would anyone do that except to prove themselves as the douchiest douche in the room

  • New subscriber! Clicked the subscribe button after hitting minute 2 on this video. Was looking for channels similar to Folding Ideas and Lindsay Ellis, and saw Lindsay was subscribed to you so came to check it out.

  • Hopped over here from watching your video on Sunshine (which like most of your videos, is fucking amazing) and found myself asking, "Has MWM done a video on Akira? And if not, has he seen BonsaiPop's videos essay on Akira?"
    Your analysis and comparisons in relation to the Sun and God(s) throughout, I think, we're the main cord struck in my mind to suggest you watch the previously mentioned BonsaiPop video and possibly give us your take on Akira along with your analysis in relation to BondaiPop's.

    Akira: The TERRIFYING reality of 1999 (by Bonsai Pop) if anyone, other than MWM, would like to see what I'm asking MWM to do his own analysis on.

  • Didn’t king of the monsters keep the nuclear hazard subtext? Yes some of the choices made for adapting were bad, such as the translations, but Raymond burr wasn’t the main character, he was the audience viewpoint character looking in while the real heroes of the movie solved it. Was it perfect? No. But it is better than how that would have turned out today.

  • Pacific rim answered the question I asked time and time again. What would mecha anime look like if it was live action. I was not disappointed.

  • This video made me think of watching this movie in theaters with my good friends, and I think it’s probably one of the the most unabashedly positive experiences of my life. Just PURE nostalgia. Thanks for reminding me, Mikey.

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