Burn Gorman

Review: In 'Pacific Rim,' Del Toro makes magic with monsters

Guillermo del Toro is more than a filmmaker, he's a fantasy visionary with an outsized imagination and a fanatical specificity, a creator of out-of-this world universes carefully conceived down to the smallest detail. His particular gifts and passions are on display in the long-awaited "Pacific Rim" and the results are spectacular.

This futuristic man versus monster tale is long-awaited because it has been five years since Del Toro's last film, seven since his masterpiece, "Pan's Labyrinth." Two major projects, his version of "The Hobbit" and "At the Mountains of Madness," fell apart despite extensive work, and "Pacific Rim" shows us...