Technically it's not my first – I had a brief run-in with 3D on the Terminator 2 "ride" at Universal Studios Orlando in 1997- but last night was my first experience with the new 3D technology that has taken the world by storm. And it was awesome!
We went to see Up – and I was totally enthralled for two reasons. One, the 3D was fantastic. Some of the landscape shots were breathtaking. It really adds depth to the visuals and I'll be looking forward to seeing more films in this format (Harry Potter, Anyone?). But second, and really more importantly, the story was wonderful.
Junkii and I both felt it was a bit of a departure for Pixar. Yeah, there's the usual humour and action sequences (Loved the dogs!), but where they really nailed it was on the emotional front. The film left us feeling optimistic, but still a bit sad (in a good way, if that's possible). It was sentimental without being maudlin. I don't want to spoil anything, but the way Carl (the old man) processes his emotions throughout the film is expertly done. And that success comes mainly from the animation because it's not expressed through dialogue. For an animated film to have that level of emotional impact from the visuals alone – that's a real achievement.
Wow. I'm glad I'm not a film critic. To tough to talk about films without giving away key plot details.
Anyway. It was great. Go see it. In 3D.