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Who Doesn’t Love Giant Robots? (or The Awesomeness of Pacific Rim)

I’m sure that in the back of everyone’s mind there has always been the question of what the results would be if you made a grown-up version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with a cast featuring incredible talents. Well, how about if that film starred Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Ron Perlman(Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Idris Elba (Thor, Prometheus), with Guillermo del Toro directing? On July 12th, you’ll have to wonder no longer because once Pacific Rim hits theaters, all of your questions will be answered.

Pacific Rim poster featuring a Jaeger. (image source: Legendary/Warner Bros.)

Pacific Rim poster featuring a Jaeger. (image source: Legendary/Warner Bros.)

By now, every die-hard sci-fi fan has seen the Wondercon trailer for Pacific Rim. If you haven’t, why not?! It’s freakin’ amazing! One of the most exciting trailers for potentially one of the most fantastic films of all time.

And, no lie, when you watch it, you’ll think to yourself, “This looks like the Power Rangers but better. So much better. Leaps and bounds better.” I’ve waited so long for something like this. And since the wonderful wizard of odd, Mr. Guillermo del Toro, is directing the film, I’m positive the wait will be well worth it. Oh, and it’ll be in 3D! Normally I don’t get excited about 3D,a but I’m pretty stoked about this.

Here’s the plot, courtesy of Wikipedia:

[In the near future, giant monsters identified as “Kaiju” arise from a crevice in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war which takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity’s resources. To combat this new threat, a special type of weapon is designed: massive robots, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. As time passes, even the powerful Jaegers prove almost defenseless in the face of a relentless enemy. On its last stand and on the verge of defeat, the remaining defending forces of mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to pilot a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the early trials of the mechanical titans. Together, they must stand as the human race’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.]

How does that not sound like the greatest giant robot movie ever? It’ll be some of the best giant monster versus giant robot fighting since Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. I’ll definitely have a full review when this is released.

So if you haven’t seen it, or just want to watch it again, here’s the trailer:

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Is Marvel Trying to “Shock” Their Fans?

I made a pun. Did you get it? If not, you will. Read on.

It was recently announced that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx will be playing the role of the villain Electro (get the pun now?) in the as-yet-untitled sequel to The Amazing Spiderman . To some folks, like myself, this is great news. I think Jamie Foxx is an incredible actor, and I would like to see him play more villainous roles. But, just like with the first (and I’m sure the second) Thor film, there are sure to be people in an uproar over this casting decision.

If you remember back a couple years, there were some so-called fans that were enraged by Idris Elba being cast as Heimdall in Thor. Some were upset because they felt that Marvel wasn’t staying true to the source material. Others were upset because it was a black man playing the role of a character that, in their opinion, should be played by a white man. Because heaven forbid that happen! [sarcasm]

It’s one thing to piss off a regular ol’ run-of-the-mill fanboy, but to piss off a racist fanboy… Oh no noes!

Pffffft! Who cares?

It shouldn’t matter the color of the actor’s skin and matter only the quality of the actor’s performance. (You can quote me!) And Idris Elba is a superb actor. Have you seen him in Thor, The Losers, Luther, or really anything he’s been in? He even made the Ghost Rider sequel seem like a quality film.

Now, that’s talent.

Jamie Foxx is no exception. I can’t think of role that he was awful in, and he’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to Django Unchained. I can’t wait to see what he’s does with a Tarantino-created role, and now I have his portrayal of Electro to look forward to. Not because he’s a black man playing a character who is white in the comics and that’s gonna “shake things up,” but because he’s a great actor, and he’ll do great things.

Just like in every other aspect of life, race shouldn’t play any part in the casting of this film. If the casting director is worried more about making sure the actor’s skin match the character’s than his ability to act, there’s a problem.

There are certain situations where worrying about an actor’s race makes sense, like if the film is a historical piece that deals with slavery or a biopic about an Asian dictator or something of that nature. But, this is comic book film with some room to experiment with the source material. As long as the story is well-written, the acting is top notch, and the effects and stunts look wicked, why get all butt-hurt if one of the character’s race (or gender, for that matter) gets changed?

Grow up!

Some people might say that fanboys will be fanboys, and there’s no pleasing them. But, like I said, these aren’t the typical fanboys. If you’re gonna be a racist douchebag, you have no right to call yourself a fan, a geek, a nerd, a fanboy/fangirl, or a human. You’re an idiot!

Let actors play their roles and  enjoy the performance if their acting was good, or dislike it if their acting was bad. That’s it. Don’t judge based on race; judge based on ability.

Otherwise, keep your mouth shut and fall off the face of the Earth. Stop ruining movies (and life) for everyone else.

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