Another dimension

With the announcement of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs at EIFF, I may be tempted to my first 3-D movie experience in 26 years.

There are occasions when a single cinematic experience can set you back decades. Such was the case when I watched Jaws 3-D in 1983.

At the age of 11 this was set to be the experience of a lifetime for me. I was obsessed with the Jaws movies - the original was the first film I ever saw and I'm not ashamed to admit that it's still in my all-time top 10.

When I heard that the third movie in the series was to going to be shown in 3-D, I couldn't contain my excitement. Friends and family endured months of endless wittering as the release approached.

Talk about disappointed.

The ill-fitting paper glasses kept falling off, and they certainly didn't improve the diabolical effects. A badly cut-out shark grinding across the screen is just that, in any dimension. I swore off 3-D for life.

In retrospect, I'm sure the awful script and wooden acting didn't help.

Having watched the trailer for Ice Age, it looks like I'll be tempted back to the third dimension.

The Ice Age flicks are rollicking good fun and the digital effects, by all accounts, more than live up to the promise.

Oh, and there's not a shark in sight.

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Colan has a background in film criticism, and was drafted in to bring you great content on this very website.


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