Ever since then I've heard so many rave reviews from people about the movie like it was one of the best things ever. So, I decided to give it a re-watch since that's what I've been working through in my movie list anyway.
And this time I actually liked it a lot more. Knowing what to expect from it as a movie before watching it meant I could just enjoy it for the pure giant robot vs monster action it provided. The story, plot, and characters don't need to be much when the story is actually about excuses to have cool battles between these goliaths.
I find myself much more interested in Pacific Rim 2 now and also much more likely to watch Pacific Rim again on a whim in the future. It set out to be a certain type of movie and it achieved it perfectly.