Sunday, December 25, 2016

There Are Multiple 3D Movies to See on Christmas


I'm going to save you form another mini-rant about how much Christmas has sucked so much for me this year to get back to doing what I'm supposed to be doing here: discussing 3D movies.  This is an ideal time to do that because there are three new 3D movies that are in cinemas this weekend with a few more left over hanging in for dear life.  If a fan of 3D wants to see a movie in their favorite format, they are in the unusual position of having multiple choices to chose from.  So, because I have seen all these movies, I'm going to give you a breakdown of what the movies are and whether or not they are worth the upcharge.  Let's start with the new movies shall we?


1. Sing

I didn't expect much from a movie about a bunch of singing animals who want to be famous from the studio that brought us the annoying Minions, but "Sing" gets some major points for actually being a little emotional in the third act and for displaying a great deal of energy.  Not only is this easily the best movie that opened this week (that was new... movies like "La La Land" that simply expand nationwide are different), it used the 3D the best.  This isn't surprising since Illumination Entertainment got their start with "Despicable Me," a movie that contained some of the most in-your-face 3D effects I've ever seen.  Thankfully they have scaled back quite a bit on the 3D being a distraction and now seem committed to using the format to immerse. "Sing" shows promise for the first time that this company actually knows how to use the technique they spend so much time on.


2. Passengers

I'm still not entirely sure what this one is about.  I've seen it, of course, but it seems more like a giant experiment that wasn't supposed to see the light of day that managed to do so because a lot of money was thrown at it.  This includes 3D effects that are certainly visually stunning and immersive.  Really, it's a shame the movie doesn't at the very least make more sense because this is one good looking movie.  It would normally justify its premium ticket pricing if the movie was any good.


3. Assassin's Creed

One day a Hollywood video game adaptation will come along and break from the sorry tradition of video games movies absolutely sucking and be a brilliant (or at least fun) piece of work.  That day did not come with "Assassin's Creed" and so we must wait for the inevitable "Halo" or "Metal Gear Solid" movie.  The 3D upconversion shows that the process has come a long way over the years, but with "Assassin's Creed" the visuals seems to have regressed into some of it's more primitive ways, which means only certain shots actually look good while the rest looks flat and inconsistent.  Not a movie worth recommending in general, but especially not worth it in 3D.


4. Rogue One

The new 'Star Wars' movie is obviously a hit.  It is also better than most could have hoped for.  The quality of the film is likely irrelevant to the films success, but if they are going to fart these things out one a year for the next half decade they might as well be good, right?  The 3D version is clearly the superior version, and science fiction lends itself well to the format.  This is also the movie that you are most likely to find on a premium format like IMAX, XD, RPX, ETX, and Dolby Atmos.  There's probably not reason to stay on this one since everyone is going to see it anyway, so let's move on.


5. Moana

This is certainly one of the best 3D experiences of the year.  Since it's been out for over a month most of the 3D screens are gone, but there are a few holding in there.  If you haven't experienced this one in 3D and there is a theater near you showing it in that format, this might be the one to go out of your way for before it is gone (since it's Disney we know a BluRay 3D release is far from guaranteed).


And that is your guide to 3D movies in theaters this Christmas Day.  Whether you see a movie or not, hopefully you have a wonderful holiday and have great people to spend it with!

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