Here’s the thing, the promise of 3D at one of Kampala’s biggest cinemas is sure to bring in the crowds, especially when the movie is showing at 10,000/- on a Friday night! Yes, on Friday 15th November, 2013 Cineplex Oasis Mall, as a one time only offer, given they were introducing 3D into their cinemas, decided that Thor 2, sponsored by Pepsi Uganda, would be caught at half price. Many people got wind of this offer and surely for those of us who went in for the 9:45pm, we witnessed the sheer magnitude of the numbers present.
Bumps in the road
The 9:45pm screening did not start on time. The cinema hall that was supposed to be fitted with 3D had hosted the Social Media Awards which had ended later than they planned at about 9pm. While the lines were forming in front of the entrance to the hall, equipment was being taken out. Lights, stage pillars, wires, music speakers were being carried out amidst a very eager crowd who began complaining why this had not been done earlier.
Thor 2 should have been showing a week earlier however technical issues arose it couldn’t screen. But now here was a chance to experience it hopefully in a big way. Kudos go to Pepsi for adding a bit of glitz and dazzle to the event, I’m sure it went a long way in calming the nerves of those who did not get to see Thor 2 on the promised premiere day a week before.
Although the movie did not start at 9:45pm as planned we did not wait long before we went in to experience glorious 3D at Cineplex. The 3D Goggles were still in their wrappers so we had to get them out ourselves. Excitement was building!
On getting in, I realised all the good spots were taken, that is, the the middle rows in the centre, so I had to settle on the right. After a few ads the movie started.
At first, I thought there was something wrong with my Goggles. I lifted them up and the picture was brighter except with a few red and blue blurry lines. Then I put them back on and the only difference was that the person in focus was the clearest. The environment outline was mostly blue and red blurry lines. When you’ve been waiting for 3D at Cineplex and you get this, you start to think it’s a small glitch so, giving them the benefit of the doubt, I waited to see how it would ensue.
Then the subtitles came on and they were almost unreadable. (By subtitles, I mean the translation for the Asgardian language). I really fidgeted with my glasses thinking it was me. At some point I removed the 3D Goggles altogether and had a much better experience. I was wondering what was wrong, the Goggles or the 3D projector? And to be honest it must have been the projector. When you can watch a movie almost entirely in 2D and not miss much, can it really be called 3D or 2.1D?
Thor 2 is an immensely enjoyable movie. It is much better than the first one. When you have the acting talent of a star studded cast which includes Anthony Hopkins, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Rene Russo and Christopher Eccleston coupled with the directing influence of Allan Tyler best known for the TV show Game of Thrones, you have a great movie on your hands. It was filled with humour, action, and a good story, not forgetting the visual experience. (There’s even promise of a third installment).
The sound at Cineplex is good, however, the failure to have an immersive 3D experience for me poured water on the excitement I had come with to watch it. I am hoping this is a temporary glitch and that their screens will bounce back and immerse us fully!