Simply put: way better in IMAX 3-D.

Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely see this movie. Just please see in IMAX 3-D. For once, it’ll be worth the money.

Why?

Because the city becomes so realistic that the movie actually makes you believe that you are in NYC whenever the movie took place. I was captivated by all of the lights and sounds of the area. The buildings look hyper-realistic and the third act literally kept me on the edge of my seat. I had heard that people were getting vertigo during the film and me being afraid of heights almost didn’t see it because of this. That would’ve been a huge mistake.

I’ve never been one to complain about CGI ever. Story trumps some lame accident that someone ran out of time to fix. If the story is good, CGI should never be an issue (see Freddie Wong video for longer explanation).  The CGI in this movie was top notch. I’d recommend not even looking into the behind the scenes of the movie before you see it to guess if you can understand how this is shot. I was so blown away by it that it almost felt like they actually got Joseph-Gordon Levitt on top of the buildings.

Speaking of JGL, he did amazing. I was not aware that he would have an accent before the film. If you asked me if he was American, I’d probably say no after watching this (I actually don’t know). He does such a great job at portraying his character that he doesn’t seem like his normal self. The other characters are just reflections of him as he assembles his team with like minded people. JGL carries the movie and does not back down. It is impressive at the way that he commands the screen when he is on it.

The last act is amazing. I understand why they had to include the first part of the movie but I just wanted them to get to the end. When he finally goes to NYC is when the action picks up and the exposition ends. I found it fitting that the whole time JGL is composed and very controlling of the plot like he was on the wire.

New York City looks just like I’d imagine it in the 70’s. Its realism is something that a starting film maker like me hopes to one day accomplish. It’s breath taking shots captivate every audience member. When JGL looks at the Towers, they look like their true form. When JGL looks down from the Towers, you can see the city as it would appear back in the day. Spectacular.

I can’t wait to see this again. Hope you enjoyed it if you have already seen it. If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend that you give it a watch, preferably in IMAX 3-D.