Note: I wrote this a few months ago, and then promptly forgot about it. I was planning on editing it a bit more, but at this rate, it’ll never see the light of day. So here it is, in all its unedited glory.
So I finally got around to watching Pacific Rim semi-recently, and I was actually incredibly disappointed. I think the major cause of this was the disproportionate amount of praise heaped on it that is still, even now, circulating, mainly to the tune of “great PoC representation!” so I had been hoping for, well, Great PoC Representation.
What no one told me was that the “great PoC representation” bit actually had a corollary, and that was, “for Hollywood.” And even on that count, I wasn’t in the least bit impressed.
But, yeah, let’s talk about why I think Pacific Rim had shit representation. Because it did have shit representation.