Project Mayhem: Five things you need to know about the IMAX version of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

July 30, 2009 – 1:44 pm

Project Mayhem offers some tips for when you go see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in IMAX:

1. Your 3D glasses will be underutilized. Granted, the advance hype says, “experience the explosive opening sequence in 3D!”, which is entirely true, to the letter. And yes, it’s thrilling, taking a first-person perspective of the Death Eaters as they terrorize London with much menacing swooping. But that’s all, folks. The 3D stuff lasts about 15 minutes, and afterwards, we kept our glasses at the ready, but disappointingly, never used them again. Not for the exhilarating Quidditch scene, or the way-creepy attack of the Inferi (wizard-to-Muggle translation: zombies). I expected more, but in retrospect, wasn’t promised such.

2. Bigger is better. To my eye, “Half-Blood Prince” is the most visually detailed movie in the franchise, so IMAX allows one to wallow in the lush production design. I love Slughorn’s abode and Dumbledore’s office — and the bigger presentation lends Hogwarts more intimacy.

3. It’s still the best “Potter” film yet. Most “Potter” fans have already seen the movie, so for those seeing the IMAX version, it’s likely a second (or third, or fourth …) viewing, myself included. I stand by my assertion that it’s the series’ best outing, and watching it in IMAX solidifies the argument — in my mind, at least. Still …

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