Kanye West’s Praise for ‘Pacific Rim’ Ignites Buzz

Pacific Rim

Leading videogame designer's endorsement also builds fan excitement

Despite the strict Warner Bros. embargo on reviews of the Guillermo del Toro monsters vs. robot pic “Pacific Rim,” it’s received some early Twitter endorsements: namely, from the controversial Kanye West.

The “Yeezus” artist was able to catch a screening of the movie, despite a new album and a new baby, and tweeted Thursday, “It’s easily one of my favorite movies of all time.”

While “Pacific Rim” has been compared to “Transformers” and other movies of the genre, West disagrees with that sentiment.

“This is not another ‘Robot’ movie,” he tweeted to his 9 million followers. “Guillermo del Toro is a master.”

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“Pacific Rim,” starring Charlie Hunman, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba, depicts a war between giant alien monsters (Kaiju) that threaten Earth and the human-piloted robots (Jaegers) built to fight them off. The $180 million picture has garnered mixed pre-release press, and it’s hard to tell whether the polarizing rapper’s input will hurt or help the film.

West’s tweets were retweeted over 5,000 times (as of Friday afternoon) and set off a flurry of reaction ranging from screenwriter @DayanBallweg’s flabbergasted “If Kanye West saves Pacific Rim? I… just don’t… know where to go with that.” to inevitable jokes like @Shaella’s “Ima let you finish but Pacific rim was one of Kanye West’s favorite movies of all time. OF ALLL TIIIMMEE.” Some were put off by West’s endorsement but many said it would make them more likely to see the picture.

Thesp Ron Perlman, who appears in the picture as a dealer in black-market Kaiju organs, also responded to West via Twitter.

“Need Kaiju parts, u get the fam discount!” Perlman tweeted to West, referring to the monsters called the “Kaiju” in the movie. Kikuchi retweeted West’s praise.

“Pacific Rim” actor Robert Kazinsky said in a video interview, “No big deal, it’s just Kanye,” tongue firmly in cheek. “Questionable decisions in most of his life, but in this case, I think I’ll go with he’s got excellent taste when it comes to films.”

“Pacific Rim” also received an endorsement via Twitter from Hideo Kojima, vice president of Konami Digital Entertainment and the mind behind the wildly successful Metal Gear Solid videogame series. The game designer raved about the film in a string of eight tweets on Thursday.

“This film is not simply a film to be respected, but most importantly, it let us dream the future of entertainment movies,” he said. “‘Pacific Rim’ is the ultimate otaku film that all of us had always been waiting for. Who are you, if you are Japanese and won’t watch this?”

Kojima, who is no stranger to giant robots, may be tapping into a key videogamer market for “Pacific Rim.” Internet forums have already responded to the review, with one Gamefaqs.com user writing on the website’s forum, “Kojima has said it, we must obey.”

“Pacific Rim” opens July 12.

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    1. Marty Aberl says:

      Kanye running his mouth to gain followers, Against the rules of no reviews.Big shock. Yes douche, we get that it’s an awesome movie, We as Fans of Guillermo del toro know his movies kick ass. And Hideo Kojima speaks of respect, and he disrespects the makers of the film by running his mouth. Awesome game maker, bad at practicing what he preaches.

    2. Phillip says:

      This man is responsible for Pan’s Labyrinth, blade 2, Mimic, the Hellboy films, and The strain trilogy…Just to name a few. Everything he has made so far is amazing! Even if this movie sucks, I for one intend to support his visions by purchasing a ticket just so his career can continue. Heres hoping we all get a future trip to the mountains of madness.

    3. Sean says:

      Yeah, but Kanye West also likes Kanye West.

    4. neo says:

      I disagree, the movie is a parity of the japanese hit cartoon robotech. It was a cartoon manga played around the late 80’s early 90’s. The concept was about an aircraft that was able to transform to a battleoid 50feet tall and duel with aliens. Except these robots featured on pacific rim dont transform. They use 2 people to controll. As on the robotech film they used one person. And last of all, if i like to see a movie, i would see it reguardless of what other people say. No one no mater who they are cant stop me by there poor review. Just like a song, i dont like it. I choose another one.

      • I disagree Neo. This movie has NOTHING to do with Robotech (which is actually called Macross in its original Japanese run, Robotech was a cut and paste job on the first two seasons of Macross). This is a Kaiju/giant Mecha movie, two extremely popular genres in Japanese popular story-telling. As a life long anime fan, I’m bursting at the seams. It looks like someone who has a true appreciation and feel for Japanese anime and Japanese sci fi/fantasy storytelling in general has finally made a movie. Western audiences will not be ready for its awesomeness.

    5. dBruce says:

      Of course before he saw the movie Kanye thought “Pacific Rim” was the new Kobe Bryant basketball shoe.

    6. jamie says:

      OMG Kanye loved the movie and it was RT 5000+ times!!! Plus it’s being endorsed by like half of Hollywood! If you had reservations before, now you know this movie is legit because celebs don’t just endorse anything :) Someone should reach out to Beiber, GaGa, and Katy Perry for their collective 120 million followers! The box office will be record breaking!

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