Popcorn Addict’s 2012: Best Use Of 3D

Having now seen seven of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards, I am more convinced than ever that the film most worthy of the accolade is Ang Lee’s groundbreaking 3D extravaganza Life Of Pi.

It’s been a bumpy road for 3D, a longstanding film format that has had a hard time overcoming accusations of gimmickry  With the oft-quoted hindrance of light-loss and the miniturisation effect that result from the various types of glasses, it is seen by many to be seen as a nuisance rather than a novelty.

As a fan of 3D, I often find myself butting horns with skeptics who refuse to see the artistic merit of this particular medium. While IMAX is hailed as the future, 3D is relegated to the past. Luckily for my argument that it is actually (and rightfully) here to stay, Lee hasn’t been the only filmmaker this year to showcase 3D at its very best.

Helicarrier Hell — Marvel’s Avengers Assemble

HelicarrierIt’s widely accepted that stereoscopy works best in films with airborne action sequences — such as James Cameron’s Avatar and DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon — and the Hellicarrier sequence in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble is a truly spectacular case-in-point. The entire set-piece — which sees Captain America dodging grenades, Iron Man repairing external damage and Hulk playing leapfrog with S.H.I.E.L.D jets — is added an extra level of jeopardy by the dizzying use of 3D.

Rooftop Handstand — The Amazing Spider-man

The Amazing HandstandI’ve already sung this film’s praises, both in my original review and another post looking at the better uses of the third dimension, but it bares repeating. Whatever the film’s structural weaknesses, it is in moments such as this that its winning spirit renders such issues moot. Where Marc Webb trumps predecessor Sam Raimi is in the way he captures the sheer wonder of wall-crawling, web-slinging life, and this particular sequence captures the fun and the freedom that the character of Spider-man embodies.

Fall From Grace — Dredd

Dredd 3DAs impressive as Dredd was, it was the scenes shot as if under the impression of the film’s SloMo drug that used stereoscopy to the best effect. One scene in particular — following a climactic confrontation in the film’s third act — features one of the film’s primary antagonists falling down a shaft at the centre of Ma-Ma’s Peach Trees compound, emphasising the size of the fall beautifully.

Opening Sequence — Rise Of The Guardians

Jack FrostDreamWorks Animation’s second and final release of 2012, Rise Of The Guardians told the story of a group of legendary figures forced  to unite against a returning bogeyman. Seeing it initially in Russian, I appreciated the winsome score and dazzling visuals all the more as I struggled with the film’s Russian dub. The introduction of Jack Frost — as well as a tracking shot introducing the Tooth Fairy through one of her hummingbird helpers — proved one of the most remarkable sequences of last year.

The Sinking Ship — Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi 3DAs its eleven Academy Awards nominations might suggest, Life Of Pi is by far the the most critically successful entry on this list. In addition to earning praise for its lead actor’s performance and stunning visuals, it was also one of very few films to be commended for its innovative use of stereoscopy. After teasing his own approach to the technology with a skyward shot  from the bottom of a French swimming pool, Lee’s eye for visual depth comes into its own the moment Pi hits the oceanic water as the Japanese freighter carrying his family sinks before him.

And the winner is: Life Of Pi

You can see the rest of Popcorn Addict’s 2012 here.


About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

One Response to Popcorn Addict’s 2012: Best Use Of 3D

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