Sand dunes in three dimensions, please!


Last year, in my review of Journey to the Center of the Earth, I wrote:

Many of the more impressive scenes involve computer-generated backgrounds and other kinds of special effects, such as a sequence involving a loose bridge of levitating rocks that stretches across a deep, deep chasm. But there is wonder and awe to be had in some of the natural scenery, too. As Trevor, Sean and Hannah hike up an Icelandic volcano near the beginning of the film, we can see the other mountains and the landscape stretch for miles around them, and it’s almost enough to make you wonder what an epic, scenic film like, say, Lawrence of Arabia could have looked like if it had been produced in 3D.

I am happy to report that Jeffrey Wells now shares my curiosity.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00789222484014113052 PJ

    A week or two late with this comment, I know…
    But two words come to mind whenever I ask whether a classic story could be improved if only re-made with the latest cinematic technology: King Kong. Peter Jackson is a legitimate film artist, and his King Kong is not simply an exploitation of a creative original.

    Still, I have a tough time believing his 2005 remake will ever be recognized as the kind of achievement Merian Cooper's 1933 original. The original stands as a classic from its time, and part of its time was the way it was made. The drama of the story was well suited to the time it was made. Remaking the same story with new technology took away some of the power of the original story.

    I suspect remaking David Lean and Freddy Young's visuals with new technology might have the same effect. The film was certainly a powerful story in the early 60s — and seeing it in its early 60s form is a powerful experience even today. But I suspect changing the form of the story would also change the power of the story. Just as it did for King Kong…


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