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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 1, 2009 at 12:57 PM

“Monsters vs. Aliens” — 3D, 2D, IMAX, or what?

“Monsters vs. Aliens” racked up the biggest opening weekend of the year so far, making some $58 million in its first three days. Not surprisingly, much of that was from special 3-D screenings (which cost extra): 28 percent of its theaters showed the film in 3-D, from which the film made 58 percent of its revenue. It screened in IMAX 3-D in selected theaters, digital 3-D in many others, and standard 2-D in the majority of its bookings. I saw the film in digital 3-D (at a preview screening at Pacific Place, which, curiously, is not among those now showing the film in 3-D) and thought the effects were impressive, but the movie itself somewhat underwhelming. I brought along an almost-ten-year-old guest who said she’d never seen a 3-D movie before, and was thrilled by it.
But I’m curious to hear from the rest of you, who may have seen the film in a different format. Does “Monsters vs. Aliens” work at all in 2-D, or does it fall flat without flashy effects? Was the digital 3-D good enough to justify the extra admission charge? How does the IMAX 3-D look? I’ve heard from a reader who saw the film at the IMAX theater at Pacific Science Center and was disappointed; he said he’s seen far superior 3-D effects (“Bolt” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”) and wondered if conversion to IMAX 3-D degrades the picture quality. What do you think?

(Photo courtesy DreamWorks Animation)

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