U2 3D

Critics Consensus

3D transports the viewer to an intimate seat at a U2 performance, for an exhilarating musical experience at the price of a movie ticket.

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User Ratings: 6,078
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"U23D" is a concert film of rock band U2 as they trek from Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.

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  • Jun 30, 2010
    I do believe this is actually the closest I have ever gotten to having a religious experience. Ever. Never mind the 3D aspect, the amazing shots that these cameras captured were unique for absolutely any concert footage I have ever seen. Amazing. Amazing! I want this on DVD so freaking bad.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    As has recently been proved by both the success of Coraline and the relative failure of The Jonas Brothers Concert Experience, 3D usually works best when confined to animation rather than to live performances. Thus U2-3D cannot be seen as a remarkable film. Not only it is largely preaching to the converted - and in particular the recently converted - but the 3D is only immersive in parts, and while the whole experience is not forgettable, it does not make you want to see it again. The best way to deal with this kind of concert film is to compare it to more traditional concert films, such as Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense, the film of Talking Heads' 1983 tour to support the album Speaking In Tongues. Stop Making Sense may not have the eye-popping proximity to the musicians that U2-3D and others provide, but you still feel an immersive part of the experience. In part, this is due to the elaborate conceptual slants taken by Talking Heads (for instance, David Byrne's enormous suit), but mostly it is because Demme's direction takes you right to the heart of the songs. The lack of audience shots or pan shots makes it feel like the band are performing just for you, which is a great feeling. This film has a very different approach. Instead of making you feel like the band are performing just for you, the large number of crowd shots (in part due to the nature of the stage) makes you feel swamped by anonymous strangers. There are some very good moments, most of them involving Larry Mullen Jr., in which the band are genuinely playing at their best, but you still feel distant in the end. The emphasis on being part of a huge audience, which is reinforced by the opening scenes of people queuing at the turnstiles, is a double-edge sword for any concert film. When done right, like in the coverage of Live 8 two years earlier, individuals can feel united for a great event despite many thousands of miles of separation. When done wrong, as here, you feel like you're being forced to submit and go with the flow, and it's not all that pleasant a feeling at times. If Stop Making Sense is like a conversation between you and the band, then U2 3D is like a religious ceremony whereby the role of the audience is to worship the band and nothing else (which considering Bono's recent antics is more than a little appropriate). For all its bad points, U2 3D has a lot of plus points, most notably being the songs themselves. Being culled from some of the greatest albums ever made, of course they're going to be good pop and rock songs, but specific performances, like 'The Fly' and Bono's solo rendition of 'Miss Sarajevo', really stand out, turning what on record are average songs into something which is almost breathtaking. One sad omission is 'City Of Blinding Lights', the best song on How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and whose video sets the tone for this film. Many people who are U2 fans will never get to see them perform live, and for that reason U2 3D is a worthwhile achievement. It makes a lot more sense to release such a film as opposed to a live album, for the simple reason that since the Zoo TV tour of the 1990s, U2 have steadily become a more visual band. It's a shame that the film itself is unremarkable, but the songs are just enough not to leave you completely cold.
    Daniel M Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2008
    <div align=center><b>U2 3D (2008) directed by Mark Pellington & Catherine Owens</b></div><p><div align=justify>It took seven shows to have all the stock material necessary to bring this amazing concert to the movie theatre in 3D. This was shot in Argentina while the band U2 were on their Vertigo tour. For the film, mostly hits were kept, but also the essence of that very tour, which is ultimately extremely political.<p>Im not the biggest U2 fan, but I do own a couple of their albums and I have to say I had shivers watching this 3D rendition of their concert. There are many impressives shots and many memorable moments. Bono is a real stage freak, he is a real entertainer, but his pals arent hidden in his shadow. They prove to be great musicians with the precision of a surgeon. Its more than just about the feeling, they got the musical maths in them and that makes the entire thing even more impessive.<p>What is fun, is being able to enjoy the show with the best sound quality possible but also sit back and relax in those comfortable leather seats they have at the IMAX theatre, plus I had the chance to see it on the biggest screen in Canada. The only drawback, you cant stand up and jump or scream just like the rest of the live audience. Definately a unique experience.</div>
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2008
    Great as always for a concert. U2 is constantly reinventing themselves while keeping the same great music and message they have had from the very beginning. Also, the 3D effects were extremely well done. I hope we will see a lot more of this in the film industry.
    Jon L Super Reviewer

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