6 intriguing reactions from Pacific Rim's 1st test screening

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Feb 4, 2013, 10:27 AM EST (Updated)

As we inch closer to the July 11 release date of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, the film is finally starting to show up in some test screenings. Lucky for us, those privileged few folks are happy to report on what they’ve seen. So what’s the verdict?

Good news—the handful of people who have seen it are very, very impressed. Even Looper director Rian Johnson got a chance to see del Toro’s giant monsters battle giant robots for the fate of the Earth, and says it’s easily one of the coolest films of the year. Period.

Here are some of the highlights, including a preliminary reaction that popped up over at IMDB. Oh, and don’t worry, they’re all spoiler-free. 

OriginsOfRuin: “I just got back from the screening (though I'm not this guy's friend, haha), and I freaking loved it. That's all I can really say, but the FX are flat out incredible (the ones that were done) and the story is solid. I didn't know Charlie Day was in it, and being a big fan of It's Always Sunny, that was a pleasant surprise (he fits his role perfectly). 

Overall, it's probably the best summer monster movie I've seen, and out of summer movies in general, falls behind the new Batman series, but that's about it. I wrote on their response form that they should be proud of the movie and that I'm glad it's not another Transformers clone (re: Battleship). They killed it!”

The word is early, sure, but it looks like good news. There will surely be some haters as more reports and reviews start to trickle out, but it looks like del Toro could definitely have a monster hit on his hands.