Because this is technically an endeavor about the role of media in constructing the psychology of self, I figured I should include my most recent exciting media moment. I posted this movie review of Coraline (in 3D) on Facebook.
“Absolutely amazing in 3D. Much like Speed Racer in IMAX, I don’t know if I could give it such an enthusiastic thumbs up had I seen in it in standard format. The 3D effects were used to immerse the audience in the story, instead of simply as a gimmick. Well played.”
I don’t usually post movie comments on this site, however, the experience of current 3D technology has inspired me to expand my content. Allow me to elaborate on my Coraline experience…
Last weekend was the last opportunity to catch Coraline in 3D that, according to Leonard Maltin, “was the best movie [he’d ever seen] in 3D.” Although Hollywood has yet to improve on the mild headache induced by 3D glasses, I was very impressed with its use narratively in the film. The stereoscopic-ness was employed to create a realistic environment. Coraline, as a film, was exciting and really demonstrated an awareness of creepy family films that came before it (e.g., Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, Pan’s Labyrinth).
I suppose I should admit here that I am easily scared at movies. With Coraline, however, the fear response that I experienced was definitely more visceral because of the 3D effects, and this sensation increased over the course of the film as the narrative heightened my suspension of disbelief. Without spoiling the film, Coraline is forced to crawl through a tunnel that looks very much like human intestines; as she is chased through this tunnel, the music, the narrative tension, and the actual perceived depth of the tunnel all combined to create a strangely disturbing experience for a 28-year-old woman in the theater.
Then again, I’m the person who cried at Lilo & Stitch in the theater.