January 29th, 2007



Well, Prisoner of Azkaban in IMAX was interesting. Particularly in that I got really queasy just walking up to our seats--I hadn't expected the incline to be quite that steep. The first ten minutes or so were actually unpleasant--granted, much of that was taken up by obligatory IMAX test-drive crap--probably because my eyes weren't used to it. The interesting thing was the way POA actually seemed to be made for IMAX--the Whomping Willow swinging the kids around, Quidditch in the rain, Buckbeak flying, the camera moving through the giant clockworks. Anything involving an immersive setting or strong movement is great on an IMAX screen, and while you miss details you'd need to catch on a first viewing just because the screen is so big, we actually caught a lot of interesting little things we'd never have seen in a regular theater or on DVD. The picture of Harry's parents, for example--I mean, yes, you see it in a normal viewing, but on an IMAX screen, his parents are life-size and you see a lot more detail. We even noticed a fox and a rabbit on the hillside as the kids are walking down to their first Magical Creatures lesson. That, and of course the sound is great; you can hear lots of background dialogue, like when Harry and Sirius go off to talk and you can hear Ron and Hermione talking about Ron's leg ("It'll probably have to be chopped... definitely have to be chopped"). They're going to run Goblet of Fire "soon," whenever that is, and while the thought of Noseless Voldemort on the McWane IMAX Dome is a little daunting, it'd probably be worth it just for the Quidditch World Cup alone.

Since this was the Cuarón Harry Potter movie, though, I was left thinking that Children of Men in IMAX would probably turn my hair white. It also left me thinking about what the worst movies to put in IMAX would be (Saving Private Ryan? Borat?).

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