Originally Posted by ArtT
I'll be the contrarian here...
1. As a fan of the Potter movies (only read the first book), I thought this film was only bested by the first Potter film, and was one of the better movies i've seen in a long time. Paced well, great mix of action as well as plot/character, etc. Also great use of CGI witout it overwhelming the real characters and people. Over all, just a great job in moviemaking. It got a 97% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, and for good reason.
2. Saw it in Real 3D. Interetingly, at our theater the two "main" screens were 2d, while the 3 d was in two smaller auditoriums! In my opinion the 3D just made the show a more immersive experience, but once you got into the movie you didnt notice it. I think this is teh way it should be. YOu dont notice it, just as you dont notice you are seeing in 3d as you drive your car down the road. The 3d in Potter was similar. Nothing popping out at you, just what felt like an overall more immersive experience.
Watched this tonight in Real3D. Had the IMAX 3D option, decided that the IMAX stuff seems to be not as well executed at non-IMAX-dedicated theaters, so went for the Real3D.
The image was clear, no ghosting, and the 3D effect, while occasionally, if I looked for it, derived from a post-conversion, it was a pretty good experience - better than I expected. Mostly, as noted, a good immersive 3D experience vs. throw axes/arrows/whatever at you. It started dark, but there were certain scenes (those who have seen it will know what I'm talking about) that did not seem dark, so I think it was director's intent for what I saw.
To top it off, the movie was one of the best in the series, and did a good job of wrapping up a bunch of loose ends (for me, at least).
Looking forward to the 3D BD for home viewing.
EDIT: Oh yeah, saw some previews including the new Sherlock Holmes film, which had a lot of in-your-face popping out effects - presumably because that "looks cool" in the preview - hopefully the film will be a good mix of immersion and the occasional pop-out. Also, the Three Musketeers seemed pretty action-filled and 3D-filled, though we all thought the actor portraying D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman, it appears, thanks to IMDb) was overly young looking (presumably to appeal to the teeny boppers). A preview for Arthur Christmas was pretty good, somewhat Cloudy-Meatballs or Ratatouille in style, with Cloudy-Meatballs level of 3D. And the preview for Hugo, also looking good in 3D, though I worry the story seems kiddie-fied/Disney-fied. Oh, and a preview for Glee. Not my cup of tea, but it appeared to be typical concert 3D stuff.
The Dark Knight Rises preview seemed to be in 2D - I saw no 3D effect, and the image was clear when I took off my 3D glasses, IIRC - and that seems to be the intent - it isn't going to be 3D, AFAICT.
Sorry for going so far OT.