The 3D effects in this are absolutely the best I have ever seen and I will include “Avatar” in that comparison. Somehow, 3D works best in a Disney film that does not pretend to be about anything other than the perils of gaming, when you have too much commitment to the game.
There is homage to “Star Wars”, a truly lush motorcycle chase and a Ducati to drool over. You even get a plot and some excellent eye candy for girls and boys of all ages.
But it is the 3D effects that will linger in your mind for a very long time to come.
Kevin Flynn, a games development expert played by Jeff Bridges, has disappeared, leaving a bereft young son. The boy is Sam Flynn, played by the very handsome Garrett Hedlund. Sam finds a way to his dad, 21 years later. Dad is stuck in a computer game, with Olivia Wilde.
What a game! The levels are very beautiful. The costumes glow with fluorescent originality and primary colours.
To question the computer-generated vision of the young Jeff Bridges would be churlish, right? Yet too many of us know exactly what Jeff looked like when he was young and it is nothing like this ascetic head. Disney could learn from the use of real images of the young Bruce Willis in “Surrogates”.
But there are so many outstanding uses of 3D here and I flip those glasses on and off regularly. The colour and depth is marvellous. Many filters of blue, yellow and red make you reel with their depth of shape and colour.
The casual brutality of the world of games is realised very effectively. Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett and a really wonderful Michael Sheen all add to the layers of the game and plot.
There is some cod science and some good science, in about equal parts. No attempt is made to say anything deep about the perils of gaming and that may be a mistake or off note in the story.
The Stratford Picture House audience seemed strangely disappointed. Not me. I have been looking forward to this for ages and it makes me really understand the nature of 3D. It’s just gorgeous.
Ably directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film whizzes by. You have to see this as there are so many different bits that are wonderful. Daft Punk do an excellent soundtrack and perform to great effect in one key scene.
I absolutely adore it and will see it again and again.