Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Feeding the Lucas Machine in a Whole New Dimension
I never saw the prequels in the theaters. In fact, I missed the re-releases of the OT when they did that, so I hadn't seen a SW movie at the show since ROTJ came out nearly 30 years ago. With that in mind, when my kids asked to see TPM in 3D I readily agreed.
I live in a small town now. Since I've been here I have never been to a crowded theater. Sometimes it'd be just me and my kids watching Alvin and the Chipmunks or whatever. Well, last Friday night the show was packed. Yep, say what you want about old Georgie, but the man ain't stupid.
I tried to go into the show with an open mind. I guess I had seen TPM maybe twice before with only one of those times being a good, sit down and watch the movie without washing dishes and folding clothes in between. I truly was hoping to find that it wasn't as bad as I remembered it to be. I will say when I list my fav SW movies, TPM ranks dead last at #6. And now I remember why.
Honestly, I nearly fell asleep during this thing. My kids, too. But I'm really not here to rehash what's wrong with this movie, I just don't have the desire or energy to do that. So, I'll stick with the 3D aspect of it.
Basically, the 3D wasn't anything to really write home about and it definitely didn't miraculously make the movie more bearable.
There was one instance where I blinked my eyes when one of those blue ball (haha) things that the Gungans use came hurling out the screen at me. There were a few cool shots of Coruscant and looking down from the skycrapers of that city. Other than that, it was uneventful. So there was maybe 30 seconds of cool 3Dness. I mean, does it really matter that the scene in the junk shop with Padme and Anakin looks three dimensional? And the pod racing? I thought those scenes were cool originally and I thought the 3D aspect might be even cooler. But, um, nope...
So if you were on the fence about going to see this movie in 3D, take it from me and save your credits. Maybe the second one will be better. Or the third one - you know, that one cool moment when Darth Vader takes his first breath, you know, right before he ruins the awesomeness of that moment by yelling, "Noooooo!" like Scarlet O'Hara with the turnip in her hand? Or, okay, maybe not. But, oh, I know - maybe the FOURTH one! That's it. The fourth one will be worth your time and credits. Although really, the OT doesn't even need any new technology to make them awesome...
Anyway, with all that being said, I do plan to see each movie as they come out. So who's the fool? Me or George? Or Scarlet O'Hara?