So, on Saturday, we caught the IMAX film U2 3D. What can I say? It was really cool; I mean, it was U2, after all, and it captured many of their best anthems.
And–it was in IMAX 3D. After I saw Beowulf in 3D, I’ve been thinking every film should be made and presented that way. I mean–it’s much nicer. I went into the film thinking, “So what?” about seeing a concert film in 3D.
On the one hand, I’m still “so what” about it to some extent. It’s kind of hard to explain, but how much does 3D add to something? Or HD, in some respects.
On the other hand, both HD and 3D do add some feeling and realism to the experience. But I’m not sure how much. It seems incremental rather than revolutionary, I guess, is what I’m getting at. I dunno–I’ve had this same discussion with people on high-definition. Like I said, not revolutionary, but rather the obvious incremental improvement we should expect.
I think in the future, other than the obvious simple improvement in realism for projecting a film, the big bang for 3D will be with the ability to interactively experience the film. I don’t mean by story line, as in a video game, but rather the ability to travel anywhere in the scene while you’re watching, and experience any point of view.
I know we’re kind of there with video games, but with live-action filming, I think that’s a long way off. But I can imagine watching a documentary where I want to examine something more closely, and being able to zoom in and around it–say about a sunken ship wreck, or an Egyptian archeological find. I’m sure you can think of other places where that facility could be interesting…
Having said all that, I still say it was a wonderful, cool, exciting show. I got all amped up watching, bopping and tapping in my seat, wishing I was standing and jumping around. If you like U2, I wouldn’t hesitate to go see this if you can’t see the live show.
In fact, my brother Dahood said that he thinks he’d rather see it this way, even more than the live show. Much as how watching football games on TV actually give you more information and you can do it from a place of comfort and not have to deal with all the negatives of really being there.