The distributors of U23D may have missed a marketing trick by handing out bog standard 3D glasses for this film instead of ones in the style of the classic Bono wraparound. Indeed, despite the 3D visuals, there is nothing about this film that is cool or innovative.
The gimmick of this concert movie is that using new 3D technology we can get closer to the band that ever before. It’s true at times you want to duck for fear of having Bono’s spit land in your lap but the experience of watching in the cinema is still not a patch on seeing this band play live. Also, the sound is terrible: it’s too clean and too clinical, which is surely the antithesis of any stadium rock experience.
This concert was filmed in Buenos Aires, so there is also the dubious bonus of hearing Bono plead to save the world in pigeon Spanish. The good news is that this film is never coming out on DVD so precious shelf space will not be taken from genuinely innovative concert films like Jonathan Demme’s 1984 Stop Making Sense or the Beastie Boys underrated exercise in guerrilla camcorder filmmaking, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That, both of which exhaust technological possibilities without doing the same to the audience. For U2 aficionados only.
Selected release from Fri 22 Feb.