Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Everyone go see Megamind 3D IMAX -- Excellent!

I have to say I am very lucky to have a friend who works at an AMC theater and is able to get me into movies for free. All I have to pay is the gas to the theater. It is great because if we don't like the movie, we walk out. I have only walked out of one movie in my life (I think it was Ocean 13 for some weird reason I can't remember) and since we get into movies for free now, my friend and I have really exploited our not-money-committed power of walked out of every same ol' boring Hollywood big budget movie we come across, ahemm RED cough cough Easy A. It is a great feeling being 40 minutes into a movie and just packing up to never return. I wish more people could experience this, like if movie theaters had a "satisfaction guarantee" where everybody could just walk out and see something else, or maybe get half off your next movie ticket if you leave before halfway through the movie. This way people will more likely have a good time at the movies, because it is such a horrible feeling after spending $30 on tickets and food for you and a friend to leave the theater bummed out after seeing a bad movie. Especially the awful Hollywood wham bam cookie cutter movies that are written in 10 minutes and spend as much money on advertising as production and are released in 3D to suck another $5 out of every audience member that leaves the theater saying "Wait...but I don't get it, the trailer was good?". Yes I know, I've been there and I hate it! And this is why I have really capitalized on my friends freebies so maybe somehow this might bring down greedy "man" or whatever who put $ over quality.
But onto the real topic shall we...
I went to the movies with this friend of mine to see Megamind in
IMAX 3D!!!! BOOM! CRASH! EXPLOSION EXCLAMATION POINT! It was in the afternoon and we didn't have anything else to do. Going into the movie I didn't really have any expectations. I thought, Hollywood big budget, cheesy kids movie, they threw in some popular actors to do the voices so the parents have something to relate to, and make it in 3D so people have to pay a lot more and your kids will hate you if you don't. Bingo, recipe for 90 minutes of my life I wish I had back.
But wait...
I have to admit I was completely wrong. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this movie. First off I want to say the animation and 3D was amazing. The best I have ever seen. I know I did see it in "IMAX", but it was one of those "IMAX" showings at a regular movie theater, not at an actual IMAX theater, so it wasn't the full on mind blowing 500ft 360 degree screen of visual meth that usually accompanies the real IMAX. It was a big screen don't get me wrong, but if it says IMAX on the ticket that I'm paying $16.50 for (I didn't pay that, but you know) I want it to be in IMAX 3D!!!! BOOM! CRASH! EXPLOSION EXCLAMATION POINT! Anyways, although it wasn't the biggest IMAX experience out there, it was still really freakin' cool! The 3D was amazing. Avatar status. Maybe even better. I've seen plenty of 3D movies (even Saw 3D which I easily chose to sleep during than actually watch) and I have to say that out of all the 3D movies I have seen, they have all been off. There is always that visual weirdness that I can't put my finger on, maybe its the glasses or whatnot, but I've always felt like 3D is just a gimmick and not worth the money. But dude, this 3D was awesome, flawless. Although my eyes did start to hurt towards the end of the movie, and I'm not sure if it was because of the 3D or because I just started to wear my prescription glasses again, or it was because I was about to start crying from optical sensory IMAX awesomeness. I'm just not sure.
I would also like to say great voice acting by Will Farrell, Tina Fey, and David Cross. Jonah Hill could've been more enthusiastic. Will Farrell had me cracking up in the theater, just as funny as some of his characters on SNL. The script was also pretty good. Basic story of good vs. evil flipped on its ear with "What if good doesn't want to be good anymore, and bad doesn't want to be bad?" There is also an interesting point in the movie where the hero and the villain switch places and at one point they are practically the same person as both they both try to get the same girl. Really enjoyed how they were able to successfully change characters in the movie without it feeling forced or out of character, it was really well done. And it was really funny. I was genuinely laughing the entire movie. You know what? I just decided I am going to go see it again, and so should you!
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