Last night at IMAX headquarters in Los Angeles, Collider was able to host an early screening of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters thanks to our friends at Sony and our amazing partners at IMAX. Usually when we do early IMAX screenings we also have a Q&A with the filmmakers after the film ends. However, with Feig and his fantastic cast currently traveling around the country promoting this weekend’s release, last night was our first time just showing a movie with no Q&A. Still, as people left the theaters (we held the screening in both theaters at IMAX HQ to accommodate as many as we could), all I saw were people smiling and saying how much they enjoyed the movie, and how cool the 3D was.
Before going any further I should say I’ve fallen out of love with 3D in movies. Hollywood has taken something that could have been awesome and destroyed it with lackluster presentations, and releasing tons of films that never needed the format. But when done with care and passion like Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, 3D can be something that adds a tremendous amount to a film by using the format to help tell the story. And that’s exactly what Paul Feig has done with Ghostbusters. He’s used 3D to help tell the story, and because of that, I strongly recommend seeing Ghostbusters in IMAX 3D to get the full experience. Unlike some 3D films which use the format to add depth to the screen, Feig uses 3D in a fun and cool way by having the beams and explosions break the movie frame. I absolutely loved the way he uses the format, and it seemed everyone else who saw it in IMAX did as well.
Since Feig wasn’t able to be at the screening last night, he taped a short introduction for us to play before the movie. In it he talks about why you should see Ghostbusters in IMAX 3D, and I wanted to share it with you. Below the video are a few pictures from the event. I hope to announce our next IMAX screening series film soon, but until then ….