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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Is Worth Watching in 3D

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If you’re in the mood for a fantastic 3d experience, then look no further than Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3d. After the past pair of 3d movie reviews, it felt great to watch a 3d show that took advantage of the medium. This movie was initially filmed in 3d, so the simple details of the film definitely stood out and took advantage of the 3d space inside the theater.

To start with, the three-dimensional depth in the screen was astounding. This flick has a great window effect which gives every minor object the depth and space it requires to feel enchanting. From the trees in the jungle to the ropes on the pirate ships, it seemed like each object in the scene was allowed to stand out. And since this was not a post-conversion 3d film, the objects did not look like they came from a pop-up book. I really felt immersed in the scenes, and the 3d effects truly added to the overall experience.

In addition to the 3d depth, Pirates of the Caribbean takes advantage of many 3d effects that come out of the screen. If you’ve seen any of the trailers for the film in 3d, then you already know that they take advantage of several sword waving shots in the film. There are also several shots of wildlife and “over-the-shoulder” scenes that really bring the film right into your lap. While there are many shots in the film that come out of the screen, they are spaced very well in a way that didn’t feel gimmicky to me.

One advantage to shooting a movie in 3d is that the film crew can plan difficult 3d shots in advance in order to optimize the effects for a particular scene. While post-conversion films like Thor and Priest had a really hard time with dimly-lit scenes, I was able to tell exactly what was going on in Pirates of the Caribbean. There are a few dark scenes in this film with plenty of action, and I never felt the need to raise my glasses during any of them. In fact the only time I needed to adjust my glasses was during a few fly-over scenes when the picture took place on the island. I found the detail a bit blurry when the camera did a sweeping view of the island, and I might not have noticed it if I hadn’t grown accustomed to these scenes from watching Lost. Despite these short clips, I didn’t feel that the 3d glasses got in the way of the overall color of the film.

In addition to the amazing 3d effects in the picture, the overall Pirates of the Caribbean film experience was a blast to watch, and in my opinion ranked up there with the first two films of the series. To be honest, I wasn’t too excited about the story of the film from the trailers, but I was instantly sucked into the storyline once the picture began. Johnny Depp once again does a superb performance as Jack Sparrow, and to me the character is fun to watch. Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush are great in this show as Blackbeard and Barbossa. Pirates of the Caribbean is an exciting series to watch, and after seeing part four of the series, I’m definitely ready for another one. Jack Sparrow has this Indiana Jones-like quality where I can’t wait to see what his next adventure will be.

This Pirates of the Caribbean 3d flick review gets an A for really taking advantage of the 3d medium it was shot in, as well as being a fun adventure picture to watch. Though I previously mentioned that Thor began the summer film season, I really believe that Pirates of the Caribbean kicks of the 3d picture season. Do your eyes a favor and go see this film in 3d!

By Debra Frankenfield

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