Caught the U23D movie in Orlando on Tuesday night. And there’s one word for this show:
80 minutes of U2 in 3D as the title would suggest. I’m a huge U2 fan so it played to the right crowd. Filmed mostly from their Argentina shows.
These guys are amazingly tight in their musical performance. I’m sure ever song is a cover song to them. They’ve played them, heard them, blah blah blah for so many years they could routine them in their sleep. But Bono provided great energy on stage in this film. Edge’s sonic harmonics sounded great from the theatre speakers. Adam Clayton actually stole a lot of camera time which is unusually for a U2 concert film. It’s usually mostly Bono and Edge. And of course Larry Mullen Jr. kept the beat from a massive drum set.
The whole 3D idea is to provide fans with a unique view of a U2 concert. And it succeeds. It looks visually stunning, with mic stands seemingly right in front of you. The colors and post production work are outstanding.
The movie played Cannes this past year and really is a technical achievement. It’s nothing new as far as a U2 concert goes. If you’ve seen or heard them, this is more of the same. But the 3D is a cool new twist.