"But I'm the only one who can paint the moon, because I'm the only one who knows whether that's right or not." - Alan Bean
I was never a child who had a fantasy about being an astronaut. Despite the lie we tell children that if they work hard enough they can be anything they want to be it was always pretty obvious that I would never be a candidate to be shot into space, astronauts are the peak of physical health and I never have been even near the base camp of physical health. So I spent my time wanting to be a spy, a great lover, a pirate or any of the other things that I'll never be, but never an astronaut.
Still when I went to watch a 3-D IMAX film on sharks a month or so ago at Canada Place, I was interested by the trailer for the then upcoming Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3-D produced and narrated by Tom Hanks. First off I was wondering how they could film the movie, since it's probably hard enough to drop the giant IMAX cameras into the sea to follow sharks, sending them back in time to the 1970s when man last was on the moon seemed to me to present an insurmountable obstacle to the project. Secondly walking on the moon still just sounds kind of cool.
So Sunday night after work I went back to Canada Place and hit the 7 pm show. It was a nice relaxing way to spend about 45 minutes, especially since IMAX audiences are almost always better behaved than regular audiences unless you hit a show that's filled with kids on a field trip (something that the Sunday night shows don't really have that often I imagine). The walking on the moon footage is all a mix of live in studio stuff and CGI, much like the original moon landing (I joke). There is some archival footage, but that's not 3-D. The 3-D, like all IMAX 3-D, is awesome really. I once watched Jaws III in 3-D at the Uptown years ago and it was horrible, gave me a headache and mybe me sick, but IMAX films have solved the problems that regular theatres have with the third dimension and it's really cool here.
If you've got an hour to spare one day and want to see some really cool moon stuff, check this movie out. It's probably the most engaging IMAX film I've seen for a long time, surpassed probably only by one about movie special effects I saw in Seattle years ago with footage from the original Star Wars films in 3-D.