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January 27th, 2008

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brandokowalski:
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.
 
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From:rosephile
Date:January 27th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
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Damn, well-said! Hey, when I first got [really] into U2 in mid-'05, my little sister HATED them (she did admit to liking Discotheque though), but I convinced her to come see U2:3D on Friday and her short review afterwards said it all: "It was awesome."

:)
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From:scruby
Date:January 27th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Yay, I hope she would understand what she missed all those years and get into them now. (:
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From:marimariposa
Date:January 27th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
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How fun! Thanks for your review. I was just checking this morning to see if it was playing near me and one of the theaters is the one in Dublin, I think I am going to go to the February 15th showing. Yay!
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From:flashfire
Date:January 28th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
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I saw it at that one late last night. It was amazing. In ways, it's almost better than being at the concert itself because of the impossibly close positions. I mean, the true experience of being there is great but you just can't get this kind of "access" and the 3D effects were great.
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From:skeletonlace
Date:January 27th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
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I wish I had a good experience when I went to see the film! It wasn't horrible, but it definitely was not what I was hoping for. I dragged my roommate with me, who only knows about 2 U2 songs and my enthusiasm is completely lost on her (she can often make me feel like a circus freak when she points out my U2 tattoo to people that come by, but she by no means, is negative about any of it. she just doesn't get it). And then at the theater showing it, we were the only 2 of 4 people to be going to a showing at all that day...on opening day no less! I was hoping to meet a bunch of area U2 fans to connect with. Oh well. I was mostly there to enjoy the concert film and relive the best tour I'd ever been on, and I was definitely not let down.

One question though. For all those who have had all sorts of dreams about having been able to go to ZooTV tour (I was like, 9 or 10 and it's impossible to talk my dad into spending money to take his daughter to see what is also his favorite band. Still have issues! lol), did anyone else get choked up in the slightest during The Fly?? I have no idea what happened with me but I was holding back tears for unknown reasons!! Maybe I'm just overly emotional.... :-p
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From:t4_flirt
Date:January 27th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Yes, yes, and YES! I've seen it twice with my hubby(who helped me rediscover U2), in the Channelside IMAX in Tampa, FL. Both times were wonderful, and I would love to see it again. It's basically ruined all other concert dvds for me :)
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From:blue_sunrises
Date:January 27th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I completely, utterly, hopelessly agree. I went to see it at the Palisades IMAX in West Nyack, New York yesterday at the 5:00 PM showing. It sold out. They played this U2 tribute string instrument thing before the show started, which I found interesting.

The Political combo...probably one of my favorite parts. I never saw a Vertigo show, so the whole Larry and Bono thing during "Love and Peace" was a complete surprise. And of course, I got CHILLS during "Streets."

And I agree with the person who said that all other concert DVDs are ruined. The one I've seen the most is the Live from Boston Elevation DVD and it was always my favorite, but then I saw this and I was like "This is soooo much better!" I definitely want to see it again!

End of gush and rant =)

~ Izzy
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From:almadri
Date:January 28th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
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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.

I couldn't have said that better myself... I would go through periods of listening to other bands, other types of music, but in the end, when I need an inspiration, when I want to feel something, the only playlist I'd play in my iPod is my U2 compilation.

Years and years have gone by, with each passing album they always managed to leave a mark with a song or two (or five!). And going to their concerts is an elevating experience that I still haven't been able to articulate into words.
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From:mymusicgems
Date:January 28th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
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awesome review!!!!!!!
From:sabneraznik
Date:January 29th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
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I was just wondering, what are the average costs of tickets? I'm so broke I think it'll take a miracle to get to see this anyway, but knowing an approximate cost might help.

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