I miss the Guitar Riff from Pacific Rim

We all watched watched Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim for two reasons:

  1. Giant Robots
  2. Kaiju

Afterwards, I had a third reason to rewatch Pacific Rim. The electric guitar riff from the main theme was balls the the wall AWESOME. Seriously. I rewatch Pacific Rim just for the fight scenes set to the music. Heck, if I had a workout routine that half-a-minute refrain would be like…. half of my work out playlist or something.

And with great reason too. Ramin Djawadi, who scored Pacific Rim, also did shows with incredibly memorable tunes, like Game of Thrones and Westworld. After all, who here doesn’t remember the Rains of Castamere?

Unfortunately, I don’t know if we will be hearing that adrenalin-pumping refrain in Pacific Rim Uprising. Ramin Djawadi has relinquished his seat to John Paesano. It makes sense that John is taking over, since he did Daredeveil together with Steven S DeKnight. Steven was the showrunner for Daredevil is also directing Pacific Rim Uprising. Plus, it’s not as if John is bad, per se. His theme for Daredevil was pretty good after all.

But it’s not Ramin Djawadi, and going by the trailers of Pacific Rim Uprising, there may be insufficient electric guitar in the sequel, replaced instead with generic rap. Looking at the much more kinetic movement of the jaegers, it’s entirely possible that the things that made Pacific Rim ‘Pacific Rim’ may be lost in the sequel. I mean, look one of the official trailers compared to the fan-made ones. Instantly better because of the Pacific Rim theme. Could be better if it were professionally done, but I’ll take what I can get.

I’m still going to watch Pacific Rim Uprising. I’m always the optimist and hope to get pleasantly surprised in the theatres. But if I don’t get enough Ramin Djawadi in the sequel, I still have Westworld season 2 to look out for. I don’t know where I’m going to get my fighting robot fix.

Pacific Rim Uprising is out on 22 March.

Westworld Season 2 is out on 22 April.


Singapore’s resident Press Ganger, that is, the man to go to for Privateer Press’ WARMACHINE, and HORDES. Kakita also dabbles in Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER FANTASY and WARHAMMER 40K lines.

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