Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Beyond the 3D and HD

A while ago I just finished watching The Iron Lady, a biographical movie starring Meryll Streep as former Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. I really admired her acting as it really moved me with a lead-like weight that's lingering long after the movie was over.

Nowadays, the hype is all about splashing pixels "in your face" as 3D and HD flatscreens are the "in" thing. Moreover, 3D renderings of movies including the Titanic promises a better experience and spectacle than their 2D counterparts. I have to admit that 3D movies are a whole different experience altogether- though 3D glasses are a bother when you're wearing eyeglasses already. However, the ultimate satisfaction from a movie in my opinion is its ability to leave a striking impact- a lingering emotion, a memorable image, or even the mood created from the sound, long after you finish the movie.

Being entirely immersed into the world the movie is creating takes the spectator on a higher level. Now, she is not only merely watching but also she feels the very emotions the film portrays on its every aspect. I find it quite uncomfortable that after the movie ends, I'm like Richard Collier in Somewhere in Time who was forcefully pulled out after fishing out 1980 coins in 1918. There's that awkward feeling you get being suddenly returned to the real world and its incessant dripping of time. For me, it takes time to adjust as the film still swirls in my mind as it bids its last goodbyes. Not many movies achieve this kind of impact on me, and as a result, I tend to forget most movies I watch.

After all, a good film is not limited to the vibrant display of 3D or HD; nor is it undermined by the handicaps of its own time like the lack of sound for the early silent films. It is through the lasting impact in me that somehow works like the LSS I have on certain songs on a regular basis.