OK, I noticed something abut my post content from the past week: I seem to be incapable of writing without finding a way to work in references to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. So today I thought I’d just run with it and actually post about that film, or more specifically, about the cosplay project it inspired a couple of years ago.
Pacific Rim was undoubtedly my favourite film of 2013 and it came as a bit of a surprise just how much it got me! I went in to the cinema just expecting a good time, and some geeky fun. I mean, giant mecha punching giant monsters and a computer voiced by GLaDOS, what’s not to love there? I got all the geeky fun I’d been hoping for but what I hadn’t expected was quite how strongly this film would put me in touch with my gleeful inner child. Sure, there’s some pretty awful dialogue in places and plot holes the size of the breach if you stop to think about them but none of that matters because it’s just such an earnest cinematic experience. Pacific Rim is made with real love and passion for the genre and that is wonderfully infectious. I mean we all know del Toro loves Kaiju, but there’s passion for the machines too: those awesome, lingering swooping shots of the Jaegers are the best kind of mech-porn. Plus there’s that Ramin Djawadi score, in equal parts rousing and rocking.
When I came out of the cinema I said two things:
1). “I wanna see that again.”
2). ”Cherno Alpha is the coolest thing ever and I want to be one of its pilots’
Coming home and going online I quickly discovered that I was far from alone in my adoration of the Russian Jaeger and its pilots, Sasha and Aleksis Kaidanovsky. It’s impressive really because to be honest they’re hardly in the film, but – rather like Boba Fett in Star Wars – there’s something about their badass steampunk design that far exceeds their limited screen time. I think Luke McKinney summed the general feeling around these characters pretty accurately when he said: ”if a genie ever offers me the job, costume, body, or sex partner of my dreams, the answer will be the crew of the Cherno Alpha, and I don’t care which.”
So, I wanted, needed, more of the Kaidanovskys but thrilled as I am that a Pac Rim sequel is now confirmed, SPOILER: they’re can’t very well be in it, can they? (I’ll admit I’d been kinda hoping for a prequel!) No, to soothe my Cherno Alpha addiction I was going to have to take things into my own hands – in other words…
Here’s a little gallery of my efforts to reproduce the outfits the Russians wear in the Shatterdome (this project dates from before I’d started working with foam, so I didn’t feel up to tackling the pilot suits!) These costumes were worked on in Autumn 2013 and worn to both a private party and to ExeCon in April 2014. By the end I never wanted to see a safety pin again, but hey, it keeps the flame
thrower-wielding mech alive.
Long Live Cherno Alpha!
Cheers to Sadie from Aim For Fabulous for taking the photos!