I’ve been overthinking things a lot lately.
And sometimes, I forget.
Weeks go by and I realize that I’ve lost sight of the overall picture.
Today, I wanted to do something different.
I went with my family to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Even though I don’t consider myself as much of a Star Wars fan, I know that my husband and kid were anxious to see the movie. (Meanwhile, I was somewhat skeptical of the hype, so I didn’t want to go in with too many expectations.) But so much was their excitement, that my husband pre-ordered the tickets online on Tuesday, at $17 a ticket. At first, I’d assumed that these tickets had been more expensive than usual because it is the opening weekend, but then my husband apologized to me this morning because he’d realized too late that he’d purchased tickets for the 3-D version of the film.
Due to some specific visual issues that affect my binocular vision and depth perception, I’ve never been able to experience a 3-D movie.
(Of course, I’ve attempted to see several 3-D movies, over the years. Though it seems more of a waste of money as my personal visual experience of 3-D movies has ranged from mildly frustrating to headache-inducing. …hence his desire to apologize.)
But I really wanted to be a good sport, so I figured that I could find a way to adapt. I brought my prescription glasses, hoping that the best case scenario would be that the film would appear only somewhat blurry if I used them in tandem with 3-D glasses, as that had been my experience in the past.
But you know what?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an entertaining film. The action was fast-paced and the plot was engaging.
But that wasn’t the best part:
Star Wars:The Force Awakens was visually stunning.
Perhaps it was the curved screen, or the surround sound stereo system, which likely adds to the feeling of being immersed in the action and sound of a film. (After all, the theatre was billed as an RPX experience*)
But I really couldn’t get over how vivid and bright things appeared onscreen.
Perhaps this is how a 3-D movie should look.
Perhaps I was actually experiencing a 3-D movie for the very first time.
And for me, this is no small thing.
*RPX stands for Regal Premium Experience, which is supposed to have better picture and sound quality than IMAX, complete with a giant, IMAX-size screen.