Guillermo del Toro’s ode to anime is faithful to the genre in every way, both good and bad. For the good we have giant robots fighting giant monsters, and it looks damn cool when they do. The massive sense of scale and city-smashing destruction is impressive, and Del Toro nicely pays tribute to classic anime while keeping the look modern and somewhat realistic.
For the bad we have cliched characterizations, mediocre acting, and juvenile comic relief.
Did I mention there’s giant robots?