January 27th, 2008

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I've seen U2 3D twice now, and man, I just can't even begin to tell you how happy it made me. It's been far too long since my last U2 concert and this really helped remind me why I'm a fan. I saw the film at the Loews Metreon theatre in San Francisco on Thursday night, and then the Regal Cinemas in Dublin (California not Ireland) on Saturday night. It was wonderful at the Dublin theatre, because there were so many serious fans there who were really truly into it. Plus playing all over the lobby, and outside the screen where we waited in line was the Elevation Boston DVD, which was a very nice way to get us ready. I'm sure everyone on this site is well-aware of the existence of this film, so obviously I don't have to tell people they should see it. Here's a review I wrote for Facebook Flikster a little earlier in case anyone is interested. I kinda went overboard and wrote a lot more than I usually do:

Everyone, everyone, everyone! It's a wonderful feeling to have a band, or a form of music of any kind that still has the ability to surprise you. With the endless hours that I have spent in my life listening to U2 music, researching their past tours, and watching their concerts on DVD, I felt like I had seen everything they were capable of. Yet here I am. Four years after discovering the band for myself and they actually have the guts, and the ambition to release a 3D IMAX film of themselves. Why? Because they are U2. They are a band that has been completely fearless of reinventing themselves through all 31 of their years together. They have been completely fearless to take themselves in more directions than most any other contemporary band would ever dare to take. They have won more Grammy's than any other band in history. They have produced record-grossing tours time and time again. And even with something like PopMart, which wasn't as successful as others, they still find themselves regarded with astounding critical praise, and they bounce right back with Elevation, one of their defining moments of who they are today. It was roughly two years ago now that I heard about how two of their concerts were being filmed for an upcoming IMAX 3D film. It sounded too good to be true, and since I heard nothing further about it for months afterwards, I assumed that it was. Then finally news sparked up again with its Cannes film festival premiere. After months of bouncing around, searching for a distributor amongst rave reviews, here it finally is. The legends on the big screen, coming at you from every angle for every sense. The film starts off with a bang, one-two punch of Vertigo and Beautiful Day, arguably their two most well-known songs to contemporary audiences. From there, they launch into a beautiful mini-setlist of some of their best work. The highlights being their 4-song Political Rally they included at most every Vertigo concert including, Love and Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet the Blue Sky and Miss Sarajevo. Sarajevo is one of those songs that had me falling madly in love with this band when I first heard it, despite the fact that few others have even heard of it. The way it's presented here is almost tear-inducing as the film becomes almost silent for a woman speaking for the Declaration of Human Rights. This then launches them into the show-stopping brilliance of Pride, and my favorite, Where the Streets Have No Name. Their performance of The Fly during the encore is unbelievably hypnotic and pulse-pounding in ways you have to see to believe. The 3D gimmicks are thankfullly exhausted pretty quickly before the film settles nicely into being strictly about the music, and what extraordinary music it is. This film is a feast for the eyes, the ears, and dare I say it, the soul. I'll say it again, these guys are absolutely fearless. The diversity in their music, the passion in their music, the energy that Bono is able to induce simply by outstretching his arm, is something that no band in the last quarter century has even approached. I don't consider it a coincidence that U2 released their first album in the very year that John Lennon died. This film captures the brilliance of this band very, very well and if this sparks more interest in them, it's all the better. From Boy, to The Joshua Tree, to Achtung Baby, to Pop, to How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, these boys have proven their brilliance. I can't tell you how good it feels to have a band that can always be relied on to help me through the hard times. A band that will always have the ability to cheer me up when I feel down, inspire me when I feel lost, invigorate me when it's time to party, or teach me how to love. And let's not forget, a band that never ever gets old. I love these guys, I love this film. And I've probably said too much by now. See this film everyone. I don't care what it costs. Anyone who considers themself a music lover should adore this film.