i’m not joking you! it’s true! i’ve never been to a 3D movie!
i know it’s hard to believe, especially since i really love movies – and since 3D films have been around longer than i have – but a 3D movie experience has never happened. [yes, i'm capitalizing "d" for "3D" because lowercase looks funny].
i think it’s because i emphatically dislike animated features and sci-fi flicks. and both of these genres are where you usually would get to enjoy 3D visuals.
way back when i conceptualized this year’s 1970 kiki project, i’d shortlisted “watching a movie in 3D” as a new experience i really, really wanted to do. but, i’d pretty much resigned myself to the fact that i was going to have to tolerate an animated feature (i draw the line at sci-fi).
funny how things work: i was looking through thursday’s sale flyers from the paper, and realized i also had the week’s entertainment guide in there. so i flipped to the movie listings and this movie caught my eye:
yippee-yi-yay! i love glee! [but how was i completely caught unawares that a movie was even out?!]. i was a devoted fan for the first season of this hit tv show. i loved the quirky humour, jane lynch, soap-opera-but-speeded-up storylines, and yes, the singin’ and dancin’ hits the kids belted out each week. since season one, i’ve only watched the show sporadically. but, i know the characters, the premise, the type of musical entertainment – what a perfect 3D movie option pour moi!
i wasn’t about to chance not getting in on saturday eve. so i purchased my ticket for the 6:40 p.m. show [early show! 1 h 40 min long movie! -> talk about filling my movie prerequisites!]
ai-yi, ouch! $13.50! (and no coupon this time). empire theatre + 3D movie is no bargoon! (a movie at my beloved princess costs but $7). but, as you’ve heard me say before, what i won’t do for the blog!….
i debated gussying up a bit, but decided against it. my fear is always that theatres will be iceboxes, and i didn’t want to shake and shiver all eve – i’ve had enough of that sensation this week. is earrings and make-up good enough? plus, it was raining out. excuses, excuses…
at the entrance to “theatre street,” i received my glasses!
yes, two photos as i was so very, very gleeful!
do they think we’re morons?
me being clueless, i thought the glasses would still be red + blue (green?). they were very comfortable – and i dislike sunglasses!
now for my movie observations, in point form:
- i’m going to play it straight with you: the movie is totally cheesy. i did enjoy the song and dance numbers, which was what i was there for, but several of my favourite songs were missing (best production number in the movie: safety dance – this youtube clip is from the tv show). the filler chatter in between songs is way too “rah rah glee” – it felt like brainwashing, sickeningly sweet self-promotion. however, i do give the production team kudos for their message (obviously aimed at the tween + teen audience members) about acceptance and loving yourself.
- the 3D experience, on the other hand, blew. me. away. wow! confession: prior to the movie, i worried i wouldn’t get the 3D thing – you know how some people are resistant to hypnosis? well, no prob on that, as the previews blew me away! a bird flew over my head from the back of the theatre! it rained confetti on us! during glee, the stage appeared to be right in front of my toes. and the images were totally crisp, clear – really, really sharp definition in colours and visuals.
- i loved the cameo appearance by gwyneth paltrow [i don't believe this revelation needs a spoiler alert as i doubt you're itching to get out to see this movie]. funnest surprise: the dancing, singing little asian boy, not much older than cutie c – if you HAVE seen the movie, you know who i mean.
- i would have enjoyed seeing this movie with lisa and her two daughters to get the tween/teen perspective. and i needn’t have worried about the film selling out – i think there were 19 females and two males in the audience! [i've since read some online reviews - not exactly gushing with praise, are they??...have to share this: "i found the film insufferable." christopher tookey, daily mail]
- bottom line: i’d see a 3D movie again any time – is adorable e too young for this experience? i would see an animated/disney movie with her in a heartbeat [alvin and the chipmunks in 3D is out at xmas!]
star ratings: the movie itself: * 1/2 stars (one and a half stars); the 3D special effects: *** 1/2 stars (three and a half gleeful stars!)
what’s your history with 3D movies? haha, i am imagining the audience reaction if there would be a film with scenes of a rough airplane flight, or a ship being tossed about at sea… :)