Last week there was a test screening of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Among the attendees was Rian Johnson, director of Brick and Looper and winner of a DGA award for directing an episode of Breaking Bad. Turns out Rian liked it quite a bit.
I know Rian a little bit, and I'll tell you that he wouldn't tweet that if he didn't mean it. If he wasn't taken with the movie he would have just kept quiet about it, so unlike those situations where Fox employee Mark Millar tells you how great all the new Fox superhero movies look, you can take this with some trust.
There are more reactions from the general civilian population, which you can find at PacificRimMovie.net. Collider found this review on IMDB:
I just got back from the screening (though I’m not this guy’s friend, haha), and I freaking loved it. That’s all I can really say, but the FX are flat out incredible (the ones that were done) and the story is solid. I didn’t know Charlie Day was in it, and being a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that was a pleasant surprise (he fits his role perfectly).
Overall, it’s probably the best summer monster movie I’ve seen, and out of summer movies in general, falls behind the new Batman series, but that’s about it. I wrote on their response form that they should be proud of the movie and that I’m glad it’s not another Transformers clone (re: Battleship). They killed it!
Could that last one be a studio plant? Maybe - it goes out of its way to make sure you know Pacific Rim is no Battleship, which is the main marketing concern right now - but with the other tweets taken into consideration it seems possible that this is the real deal.
Meanwhile USA Today has a whole bunch of new pics. Enjoy!