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Sunday, May 6, 2012


Ok, I admit...I'm a fanboy.

My wife and I have been anticipating The Avengers on the big screen for some time.  As soon as it The Avengerswas available, I went online to order advance tickets at the Carmike 14 theater in Tyler, Texas.  This is our favorite theater in the area.  Specifically, I wanted to see this blockbuster in the Carmike's Big D auditorium, complete with a 78' x 35' screen, advanced 7.1 digital surround sound, and luxury over-sized theater seating. The BigD really delivers a perfect cinematic experience, and I am thus spoiled.

Initially, I was a bit disappointed to discover The Avengers would only be in 3D in the BigD auditorium.  You see, 3D is much maligned on the internet by naysayers, spewing that 3D is only a fad and a gimmick not worth the extra cost.  Then, there are those, purists, who proclaim that the only 3D worth viewing are those that are actually shot in 3D, and that post-production 3D results in a "fake" and distracting viewing experience. Then you have the IMAX fanboys who say only an IMAX 3D movie is worth watching.

Not having anything more than online propaganda to deter me, ultimately, I feared the 3D addition would detract from an otherwise spectacular film.  Additionally, I've had difficulty "seeing" old-school 3D (anaglyph) that uses different colored lenses, due to my mild astigmatism.  I now have corrective contacts, but I'd yet to test them out on 3D.  In fact, I'd never seen a 3D movie on the big screen.  That said, the majority of 3D movies in the US, utilize a more modern technology such as RealD that overcomes some of the hurdles of the older 3D technologies like a dark picture, poor color separation and resolution.

Then, there was the concern for my wife who has migraines and sometimes seizures that at least have the potential to be stimulated by certain visual cues such as strobing and flickering.  Even I have had issues with motion sickness in some unsettling 2D action sequences.

All of this made me quite hesitant to proceed with watching the 3D version, but our desire to see the film in all its big-screen glory, we opted to give it a try.  We are so glad we did.  The 3D effects were astonishing.  It was so immersive and natural I can't imagine seeing it any other way. My wife nor I noticed any ill effects and the image was bright and crisp.  I caught myself flinching on a few occasions.

Carmike Cinema BigDAdditionally, I can't speak highly enough about Carmike Cinema's BigD experience.  The sound and image quality is truly outstanding.

Now, to the movie itself.  If you enjoyed Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, or Captain America: The First Avenger, you won't disappointed in The Avengers.  It delivers all of the punch of its predecessors and then some. Thanks to writer and director (and my hero) Joss Whedon, the dialogue is snappier and wittier and the characters are more lovable.  And the effects?  I dare say the chaos and mayhem of The Avengers' 40-minute battle in Manhattan surpasses that of any of the Michael Bay Transformers flicks, a franchise I still hold as the standard for visual effects.  I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it, yet, but I will say this may be the best super hero film yet.

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