No fight between two people has ever looked like that! I know there are logistical reasons they can't do it better, but that doesn't stop it from ruining the scene. It's just another type of unconvincing acting. They can't sell the idea that they're actually trying to hurt each other, which undermines the whole point. If you can't make it look good, just don't do it.
Flaws In Beloved Niche Genre Movies
I'm a huge fan of monster movies. There are few things I love more than watching an atomic abomination slither through a major metropolis. And aside from the 1998 Godzilla misfire and Peter Jackson's cool but unwieldy King Kong remake, we didn't get a lot of those for a bit. So when Pacific Rim came out guns a-blazing with its "It's gonna be like your old action figure battles, BUT IN A MOVIE" attitude, I was ready to go door to door telling people the good news about Guillermo del Toro.
So I say this as a fan: Pacific Rim ain't that good, especially when you compare it to stuff like Chronos and Blade II and The Shape Of Water. (one of those got nominated for 13 Academy Awards -- I'll let you guess which.) The film has sloppy and/or ridiculous character work, inconsistent acting, and yes, underwhelming monster/robot combat. Sure, they fight a bunch, but there's never any tension or any sense that these monsters/robots are actually massive. You can knock the 2014 Godzilla all you want for having a cast that was mostly made out of stale bread, but at least the monsters in there felt majestic and powerful. Pacific Rim never managed to create anything with the scale and power of the first time we see Godzilla reveal his fire breath attack:
Warner Bros. Pictures"Dude, breath mint."
Not that I said any of this at the time. I was willing to rationalize away every dumb thing in the film. I was going on this misguided notion that if we just vote with our dollars, then more movies like this will get made, and maybe those will be good. But the message we wind up sending is instead "These nerds will watch any goddamned thing as long as it's in their favorite genre! It's like free money!"
Tell me this isn't exactly what happened with The Walking Dead. After the amazing first episode, we jumped over each other trying to convince ourselves that the rest of Season 1 was still good. "A zombie thing was thoughtful for 90 minutes? That doesn't happen much. We better latch onto this one, because otherwise the genre is just direct-to-video garbage."
We didn't want to go with The Walking Dead or Pacific Rim to the prom, but we got scared that no one else would ask us. And here we are, eight seasons of Walking Dead later, thumbing through our high school yearbooks, wondering where it all went wrong.