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23 February 2009 @ 08:51 am
Lost In Hyperspace  
(No, not related to the Lunacon Escher Hilton.)

Last night, starmalachite and I went out to see Coraline. Somehow, it never registered on me that she was specifically looking for the 3D version (if I'd realized that, I would have bowed out). Once I found out, we were already there, so with some misgivings I decided to give it another try and see if the current generation of the technology worked any better than the last one I (vaguely) remember.

It didn't. Attempts to readjust and reposition the magic 3D specs either inside or outside my regular glasses were both uncomforable and unavailing. At best, the 3D previews preceding the movie were an eyestrain-inducing montage of objects that appeared to be either ten millimeters or ten parsecs from my eyeballs. By the time the feature started, I decided to give up and wait in the lobby. This was one of those times when having a smartphone loaded with reading material came in very handy.

(Thinking back about starmalachite's description of a few of the FX scenes, it may be that the problem wasn't with the 3D implementation per se, but with directors using their new toy with all the restraint of a four-year-old gorged on Pixy Stix dissolved in Mountain Dew. If so, that makes the situation even more bleak; advances in good taste tend to be slower than advances in technology.)
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The Cajun Gypsythatcrazycajun on February 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
I watched the 3D version myself and had no trouble at all with the glasses, but your prescription may be significantly different from mine. I just slid them on over the outside of my regular glasses and they stayed there.

And I didn't find the use of 3D all that unrestrained; I thought it was especially effective when used to contrast the boring "real" world Coraline lived in with the "other" world back of the tunnel. But then, I really dig 3D films in general, so I may not be the most unbiased observer.
starmalachite: 9 Technical Wizardstarmalachite on February 24th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Somehow, it never registered on me that she was specifically looking for the 3D version

Sorry, love, but:

1. I only mentioned 3D every time I talked about seeing the movie -- at least 4 or 5 occasions. Including on Saturday when I said something very close to, 'Jason says the 3D implementation is really good but this is the last weekend for it, so how about we make sure to go tomorrow?" & you shrugged & said, "Whatever."

2. I never knew before that 3D was an issue for you. OTOH, the movie business hasn't exactly been making it one lately. If I had, I would happily have gone to the regular version. ("What do you want?" "Information.")


it may be that the problem wasn't with the 3D implementation per se, but with directors using their new toy with all the restraint of a four-year-old gorged on Pixy Stix dissolved in Mountain Dew.

Actually, I was pleasantly surprised at the thought & care with which the effects were used. Yes, it was garish at times, but mainly when it suited the action. And the moment when Coraline awakes to find a cat purring in her face was alrmost disturbingly realistic.

Edited at 2009-02-24 06:07 am (UTC)