I have so, so many pop culture things I want to talk about! Let me try to get at least one off my list quickly. Relatively.
I knew that Pacific Rim
would give me giant robots fighting giant monsters in exciting and visually-impressive ways. And it did. But somehow I got the impression that it strongly subverted the lone white male American hero thing. And while it does make some efforts in that direction, I was disappointed by the extent to which it was still about white dudes.
I think I'm getting grumpier about it the more I see people squee over it, actually; the initial reaction gave me expectations that were not fulfilled, and now I want to yell at these darn kids to stop being excited over half a loaf and get off my lawn, already . . .
Anyway. Some non-spoiler things I can say up front:
The American giant robot is named Gipsy Danger. No, really.
There is a guy who handles communication with the giant robots; I never got his name during the movie, but it's Tendo Choi. He is played by a Latino actor, Clifton Collins Jr.
(There is also a guy named Hannibal Chau; he is played by a white actor, Ron Perlman, but that character straight-up says he appropriated the name; he is a jerk and I am perfectly happy with him not being played by an actor of Asian ancestry, which is not to say that I excuse the movie for the rest of its casting.)
There is a giant robot team from China and one from Russia. They can't have more than five lines of dialogue between them.
Finally, not that I consider this of the same magnitude, but it is of a type: the Australian team is played by non-Australians.
Yes, the characters played by Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi are awesome. But, well: ( SPOILERS. )
Anyway. AO3 is down right now, but here are some fic links that I clipped into Evernote:Three Golden Bulls Worth
by miikkaa_xx. Backstory for the Wei Tang triplets. Teen and up, 2988 words, references to suicide. (Note: I am not in a position to judge the research that went into this story.)those who run with wolves
by epistolic. Backstory for the Kaidanovskys. Mature, 4336 words, no content notes. (This one either, for that matter.) Adrift
by newsbypostcard. A Jaeger team of original female characters. Teen and up, 2149 words, graphic depictions of violence, major character death. What is Built Endures
by thrace. Mako character study and backstory; SPOILERS. General audiences, 1338 words, author chose not to use archive warnings.( And one with a spoilery description )
Edit: I forgot to talk about the trailers