While at first glance Pacific Rim is a film about aliens and giant robots (not that there’s anything wrong with that), director Guillermo Del Toro is keen to point out that that’s not all this film is about. The helmer of the high-budget sci-fi flick wants audiences to know that there will is, in fact, a romantic side to the alien invasion (sort of.) Speaking at the film’s premiere in London this week, Del Toro said for the Metro: ‘‘It’s a really romantic, huge adventure movie serving as a backdrop for two of the best science-fiction sub-genres rendered in a way and a scale that they have never been rendered before.’

Guillermo Del Toro, London
Del Toro is trying to add something new to the sci-fi genre.

Ok, so romantic might not be the most accurate description, but it sounds like most sci-fi fanatics would be able to understand Del Toro’s sentiment. The director also sung the praises of his cast, featuring, in the two main roles, breakout stars Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam – both of whom have already received nods from a number of critics for their performances. Del Toro himself has received perhaps the highest honor – a tweet for Yeezus himself.