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Glee 3D Movie Review: Brace Yourself!

Published August 14, 2011 - 3 Comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve waited in anticipation for any movie, but Glee 3D was different.  I’ve been a fan of the show since episode 1 (although it took me a long time to watch that episode, and I was essentially forced into it).  So when the Glee 3D concert movie was announced, I was pretty excited to watch it.  I joked that I’d be the only guy in the theatre, but hey… that’s ok.  I didn’t care.

Well…

I wasn’t the only guy in the theatre.  I think there were 2 others.  There might have been a third, but it was dark.  The first thing that I noticed was the complete lack of people in the theatre!  I honestly thought that going on Saturday evening of the opening weekend (it only plays for 2 weeks) would be nuts.  I thought that I’d be sandwiched between a bunch of crazy teenage Gleeks, swooning over their favourite characters.  Instead, there might have been 25 people in that theatre!  It was a little disappointing in a way, but maybe the people who didn’t go knew something that I didn’t.

Are you beginning to sense my overall feeling of disappointment?

The Glee 3D concert movie is one part concert and one part “touchy-feel-good see how real people connect with the the show”… Let me get this out there right now before anyone has the wrong impression… I am not unsympathetic to how some people’s real life obstacles may help them identify with Glee’s themes of acceptance and being true to yourself.  It’s not that I found stories un-interesting…  My issue with breaking away from the concert portion of the movie is that it killed any flow that the concert had.  I think the longest uninterrupted section of the movie was 3 songs.  I found it extremely distracting to watch a song being performed, and then cut away to someone continue their story of how Brittany is their favourite character and how identifying with her has helped her deal with her Asperger Syndrome. More concert… less everything else…

The second problem with breaking up the show like is that the actual performance was incredibly short.  There were so many songs that I wish they had performed, but didn’t.  It felt extremely “light”.

So was it a horrible experience?  No.  There were some shining moments.

Although I am not the biggest fan of 3D movies, I believe that a concert movie is probably a very good use of the technology.  That being said, they certainly could have done a better job.  At the end of the show, the cast throws “Slushies” onto the crowd.  This would have been a perfect showcase of 3D to have it come directly at the viewer, but it doesn’t.  On the upside, Lea Michele appeared to be standing directly in front of me at one point…

When Heather Morris performed Britney Spears’ I’m a Slave 4 U, I thought my heart was going to stop.  Wow.  That girl can move.. and wow…

Naya Rivera (Santana) … I was happy to see her get featured in a few songs.  Considering how little some of the main characters performed, Santana’s two songs were quite noticeable.

Gwyneth Paltrow was a nice surprise addition.  I considered leaving that out but then thought… “Really?  Who reads this blog that is going to go see the movie? ”  So no spoiler there.

All in all… I have to be honest and say that I was quite disappointed with the movie.  I think that it had great potential, and there were parts of it that I enjoyed very much.  But if I was home watching it, I would be skipping through big chunks trying to find those enjoyable parts.

I hate to say it… but the D in Glee 3D stands for “dud”…   🙁