The First Good 3D Film

Setting aside James Cameron’s Avatar for a moment, there haven’t been any films that have used 3D to add value. To me, 3D is simply a gimmick that Hollywood is using to sell more expensive movie tickets.

This past week, Miranda and I went to see Pina, the newest Wim Wenders film. The closest theatre to us that had it was the TIFF Lightbox — a gorgeous theatre — in Toronto.

Briefly, Pina is tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch. Pina and Wim had wanted to make a film for years and just as they were about to start production, Pina passed away suddenly. The project was nearly cancelled, but her dance company and Wim Wenders felt strongly that they should carry on to honour her memory.

Pina is a beautiful film with incredible cinematography, performance and production. You should see it.

Now, back to 3D. This is the first 3D film that I’ve seen that made me forget that I was watching something in 3D. There were no moments of “wow, that object/actor/whatever” is sticking out at me! Things just looked the way that they should. The director has never been a fan of 3D, but realized that 3D was the perfect way to do a film about dance, which is all about use of space.

If you have a chance to see this movie — even if you don’t have any interest in dance — go see it.