November 24, 2010

MRQE's 10 Best of 2010: The Top Ten 3-D Movies

We here at MRQE would be seriously remiss not to acknowledge the 3-D craze. Love it or hate it, the 3-D craze made a huge impact on the face of this year's film, and more and more examples are sure to follow in 2011. What follows are the ten best 3-D films of the year. And before you start assuming what sort of movie will be on the list, more than a few of these are certainly not for children.



10. Pirahna 3-D
MRQE Metric: 60
This one's not for the kiddies, folks. Gorehound director Alexandre Aja makes his 3-D debut with this bloody remake of the 1970's Jaws ripoff. The resulting comedy-horror is awash in both blood and babes: updating the plot means that the movie is mostly populated by Jerry O'Connell (as a faux Girls Gone Wild mogul) and his posse of buxom beauties. Nearly everyone onscreen meets an outrageous watery demise, of course, and the resulting carnage is more than a little nauseating. This one didn't exactly kill at the box office, but a sequel is planned all the same with the eyeroll-worthy title of Pirahna 3DD.




9. Alice in Wonderland
MRQE Metric: 60
Tim Burton turns his trademark warped whimsy to the classic Carroll tale. Set some time after the events of the books, the film deviates wildly from what audiences expect from their Wonderland adventures, due to Burton disliking the original plot and wanting to make his own. Well, okay then. The casting, while sometimes inspired, isn't particularly surprising (Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp, check). The CGI effects often turn out strange instead of fantastic: Carter's Red Queen in particular, decked out with a cartoonishly huge forehead, looks pretty creepy.

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8. Jackass 3-D
MRQE Metric: 61
Have a yearning to watch grown men completely and messily humiliate themselves on the big screen, in 3-D? You're in luck. The MTV extreme prank series pulled out all the stops for its third cinematic outing, making sure that absolutely everyone sitting in the theater felt like vomiting at least once while watching the revolting proceedings. If you missed this, um, special experience while it was in the theaters, you're in luck, as the DVD release will include Jackass 3.5, a feature-length outtake reel of stunts that didn't make it into the movie release.

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What a long strange trip it's been for director Zack Snyder. Best known for his comic book adaptations like 300 and Watchmen, 2010 saw him showing audiences a markedly softer side to his work. Based on a children's book series, Legend of the Guardians follows a ragtag band of barn owls as they struggle to protect their paradise against an owl army. Okay, so it's not the most groundbreaking plot in the world, but the movie was singled out for its particularly beautiful animation. No Uncanny Valley for these fine feathered friends; the film is a joy to look at even if the script isn't that sophisticated.

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6. Shrek Forever After
MRQE Metric: 64
Because another Shrek film is exactly what the world needed. This time, Shrek is cast into a strange alternate version of his storyland home, and must team up with his supporting cast (who don't recognize him thanks to the spell) in order to restore the status quo. If you've seen one Shrek film, you've seen them all, and Shrek Forever After was no different. Fart jokes, tired pop culture gags from three years ago, cheesy pop songs--this one has it all. Whether you want it at all is something else entirely.

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5. Megamind
MRQE Metric: 67
With the voice acting of Will Ferrell, Tiny Fey, and Brad Pitt, Megamind brings its A-game to this superhero comedy. The titular archvillain, distinguishable by his giant blue head (the better to store his genius brains in, my dear), manages to defeat the Superman-like hero Metro Man early in the movie. Instead of wallowing in his victory, Megamind instead starts finds himself in an existential funk–what else is there for him to do, after all, now that he's taken out the world's greatest hero? A plan to create a better hero to fight and a surprise romance with Metro Man's girlfriend prove to be enough complications for one film.

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4. Despicable Me
MRQE Metric: 70
The second film on the list with a supervillain as protagonist, Despicable Me came out first and foremost. Steve Carell plays Gru, an ogre-like fiend who longs to steal the moon. A wrench is thrown in his plans, however, in the form of three little orphan girls who follow him home. Gru at first tries to abandon them at every opportunity, but soon they begin to form a strange little family. This is definitely the sweeter movie of the two, though Despicable Me doesn't skimp on silly shenanigans, either.

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3. IMAX: Hubble 3-D
MRQE Metric: 75
Never heard of this one? You're not alone. This was a special release only for participating IMAX theaters and museums. This eye-popping documentary gives audiences a front row look at the wonders of space, delivered through the eyes of several special IMAX cameras that were brought up on space shuttle missions. While this description makes Hubble 3-D sound like one big NASA commercial, there's nothing more fantastic than the truth in this showcase of the cosmos. All the special effects in this baby are one hundred percent real: talk about a big bang for your buck.

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2. How to Train Your Dragon
MRQE Metric: 80
My personal favorite on the list, How to Train Your Dragon is ridiculously cute and smart to boot. An island filled with Viking warriors has been in conflict with treacherous dragons for generations, to the point where even the Viking children are drafted at a young age to fight the menace. When Hiccup, an incompetent pacifist Viking, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Toothless, an injured dragon, neither communities will ever be the same. Sure, the story isn't wholly original, but the movie is delivered with enthusiasm and sophistication. The result is something fun, original, and often breathtaking–the nighttime dragon flights are the sort of thing that modern day 3-D was made for.

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1. Toy Story 3
MRQE Metric: 90
The undisputed champion of both the box office and the critics, Toy Story 3 is one of the films of the year, 3-D or not. The 3-D is never used to the detriment of the characters or the story, and story is king in this sharp and sentimental goodbye to the playroom gang. I grew up with the Toy Story movies, and this was the best (and most emotional) sendoff to the series I could have hoped for. And while I'm not going to say that you're heartless if you didn't like this movie . . . you're heartless if you didn't like this movie.

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Want more 3-D wonder? Check out our pre-2010 list of the best movies released in 3-D!

Check back here each week till New Year's, as we continue to countdown the best that 2010 had to offer.


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