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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

June 1, 2009 at 4:03 PM

“Up”: 3D or 2D? And did you cry?

“Up,” the latest Pixar movie (which I loved), had a sweet opening this weekend: $68 million. This would, in theory, place it third among all Pixar releases in first-weekend box office, behind “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo,” but many theaters screened “Up” in 3D, charging a few dollars extra. So the numbers aren’t really comparable. But it got me thinking about 3D vs. 2D for this film. I saw it in 3D and thought the effect was lovely; not as in-your-face as many 3D movies are, but a subtle enhancement. But unlike “Monsters vs. Aliens” (which, if you took away its 3D, wouldn’t have much remaining), I think “Up” would be every bit as entertaining in 2D. Is it worth the extra money? If you feel like spending it, and want to see an artful use of the format, sure. But this movie, beautifully written and rendered, doesn’t need 3D. Anybody disagree?
And one last “Up” note: Several colleagues and friends have told me today that they saw “Up” over the weekend — and every last one of them says that it made them cry. It had me weeping too, at certain points — and, frankly, crying with 3D glasses on is a very disorienting experience. Guess I’ll have to see it in 2D the second time around.

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