U2 3D

Michał Kozłowski

U23D, shown in IMAX theatres, is a concert film of U2 in Buenos Aires, directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, and produced by Jon Shapiro et al. The film is a huge production with footage of adoring fans singing U2 standards along with Bono and the rest of the band, all of whom look massive in 3D. The cameras capture every fibre of the band’s clothing, their freckles, their stubble, the sweat running down each member’s forehead; in fact, the band looks so close and lifelike that when Bono turns to the camera and reaches out, it feels like his hand has come through the screen and will touch you. For U2 fanatics, this may be the most intimate moment they will ever have with Bono; for everyone else, the moment is awkward. Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge (drummer and guitarist) appear uninterested in the cameras, and Adam Clayton, the bassist, looks uncomfortable, but Bono fully embraces the attention. Throughout the concert he sings, yells, runs around, dances, pounds on a drum, hugs himself, speaks in Spanish and preaches. He comes off less like a rock star and more like a motivational speaker, inspirational leader, political activist, politician, messiah, popular philosopher—essentially all the roles that require a microphone, an audience and a huge ego.

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Michał Kozłowski

Michał Kozłowski worked at Geist for 15 years. He was born in Krakow, Poland, and has lived in Ottawa, Winnipeg and now Vancouver.


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