she’s my co-pilot
What I love is that so many movies are about the adoring female gaze. They’re focused on the female giving her male counterpart the “oh you masculine idiot darling” look as she understands why he’s being distant/angsty/troubled/stubborn/tearful/complicated. The times you get the male adoring gaze is when the female shows up in a pretty dress or cleaned up or being so charmingly feminine. With Pacific Rim, Raleigh gives Mako the adoring male gaze not for being pretty or dainty or cute (which she’s all those things), but she gets the adoring look for being MAKO. She gets that look when she saves his life. She gets that look when she beats him. She gets that look when she surprises him. She gets that look when she simply comes and sits with him. By the end of the movie we are very clear that Raleigh adores Mako and there was no “transformation” scene for him to do it. He was charmed by her right away, but he adored her the minute she didn’t back down from him and bested him. And Mako doesn’t give Raleigh the “oh you” look ever. She gives him the genuine smiles of someone thinking “you’re a really really good guy, Raleigh Becket”. She gives him the look of someone thinking “of all the people I’d want with me at the end of the world, I’m glad it’s you”. Raleigh’s gaze is adoring of everything that Mako is. Mako’s look is that of someone who deeply cares about this good man who doesn’t even understand how good he is. These two couldn’t care less what the other looked like or how adorable they are, these are the looks of two people who love who the other person IS.
Spot the difference.