Monday, January 28, 2008

'U2 3D' is the best concert movie of the decade

Photo information: U2 at the premiere of 'U2 3D' held at the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 19, 2008.

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that “U2 3D” is the best concert movie I’ve seen this decade (maybe ever!). With every frame on its breathtaking 85-minute trajectory through a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy-filled trip, this epic experience fully showcases why U2 is the greatest band today.

The technology displayed in the film I saw at the Edwards IMAX Theatre at the Irvine Spectrum on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 26, 2008) is wonderful, but it would be nothing but a high-tech curiosity without the riveting performances put together using a dozen or so 3-D cameras used to shoot this film shot on U2’s “Vertigo” tour at a number of locations in South America.

Directors Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, National Geographic, 3ALITY Digital and everyone else who developed and utilized the 3-D digital technology used to bring the concert to the screen deserve credit.

And the quartet’s performance of classics such as “New Year’s Day,” “Bullet the Blue Sky” and “With or Without You,” as well as more recent gems such as “Vertigo” and “Beautiful Day” are also extraordinary. When Bono displays his operatic tenor on “Miss Sarajevo,” just try not to cry.

Do yourself and everyone you really care about a big favor. Go catch “U2 3D” on the big screen. Now.

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