Man, that sucks some of you seem to have had dialog issues. My 16yo son and I saw this movie today and we both thought it was awesome! I can't say that I noticed any dialog issues like some of you are reporting. But we saw it in IMAX 3D at the Boeing IMAX theater at Pacific Science Center in Seattle and not in Dolby Atmos. The sound in IMAX was fantastic and I have no doubts this will be demoed to death when it comes out on bluray. Not only was there tons of deep bass that will make the most diehard bassheads happy
, the sound effects throughout the film were prodigious and very well executed. I will admit, though, that at one point I wanted to yell at a fellow movie goer for not silencing their cell phone. LUCKILY, I kept my mouth shut because it was the ring tone they used in the movie for one of their videoconferencing devices
. How embarrassing would that have been. The 3D for the most part was quit excellent I thought and I am not much of a 3D enthusiast. I fall into the camp that most 3D is used for gimmicks and a really good cinematographer can make a 3D like image with 2D if they know what they are doing. IIRC, Del Toro had no intentions of making this film in 3D to begin with and used some high quality 2D cameras. After filming was complete, he decided (for whatever reason) to go ahead and make it 3D, so he worked with some guys from ILM and painstakingly converted 2D to 3D. It is apparent he was highly involved in the conversion process and I for one am glad he did it. The "gimmicky" effects were left out and the 3D really added to the epic size of the film. The tagline for the movie is "Go big or go extinct!" and he certainly went BIG
! One of my favorite scenes that I think really benefitted from 3D (* small spoiler * sorry, I don't know how to hide text like some of you were doing above) was towards the beginning when the hero was doing construction on a super massive wall that is to span from Alaska to California and is several hundred feet high. Our man is standing out on an I beam surveying the work in progress and holy crap if I didn't almost get vertigo from it. It was awesome! I will definitely have to compare the 2D and 3D versions of that scene when I get the bluray. Unfortunately, I did notice some ghosting, mainly in interior shots. It would happen mostly from what I noticed when the scene had a large light fixture visible. The scenery immediately surrounding the light fixture would put out ghosts. Don't know how to explain it. Luckily, I am not nearly as critical about video as I am audio, so this didn't really bother me too much. That's not to say that I don't enjoy a well filmed scene with great color and contrast and crisp sharpness on a properly calibrated display mind you. I just don't have to spend as much money as some of the more hard core videophiles out there to get the same level of enjoyment
As for the movie itself, IMHO this movie kicked ass! I'm sorry some of you felt disappointed, but it was pretty much everything I was expecting since seeing the very first trailer. Yes, there is not much backstory on the characters, I didn't care. From what I've read, Del Toro did this on purpose. I can also understand the argument that "this material feels familiar". Yup! This is pretty much why I went to see this movie. This was a movie designed to pay tribute to monster movies of yesteryear but in near future times without being a remake of any one story. Mission accomplished I say! The way the monsters invade earth was pretty creative and original I thought. I also liked the fact that the movie played out on a global scale instead of being limited to just the U.S.of A. I'm kind of a sucker for monster movies and movies where people band together for a common purpose (in this case, the survival of the human race). This is exactly what this movie is all about. I wanted a blockbuster full of action and mayhem without the obligatory long drawn out shots of skyscapers taking forever to fall. I wanted a movie that was designed to be a thrill ride, have fun and not take itself too seriously. Check, check, and check. I will admit that some of the dialog could be tedious at times and the requisite comic reliefs actually got on my nerves rather quickly, but there was always another epic battle around the corner to bring the real fun back. Idris Elba was excellent as well. I read somewhere that at one point Tom Cruise was being considered for the role of Stacker Pentecost instead of Elba and all I have to say to that is they clearly made the right choice by picking Idris Elba instead. The creatures in this movie are all excellent and have Del Toro's style all over them. They are unique, they are massive, and they are awesome. I only wish you could see more of them. Bottom line, if you are a fan of the old school "Creature Feature", IMHO you MUST see this movie! Highly recommended.