They are arguably the biggest band in the world and this is the biggest (literally) concert film ever made. Irish rockers U2 are the stars of this the first live-action 3D IMAX film. The impressive visuals are coupled with superior sound to make this an incredible viewing experience. If you are a fan of the band then this is must-see viewing.
The film was recorded at a concert in Bueno Aires in Argentina in a massive soccer stadium. It was part of the "Vertigo" concert tour. The audience is so large that even with the IMAX technology you cannot see the end of the crowd.
With this film you get the best seat in the house. For those of us who cannot afford the price of the top tickets at U2 concerts it is a whole different perspective of their live show. You are up close and personal. This has lots of upsides and very few downsides. You get to see all the energy, passion and focus that Bono brings to his performance. You get a close up of the beautiful guitars (Fenders, Gibson and B) that The Edge plays during the show. The height, depth and clarity of the shots really makes you feel like you are part of the audience. You are enveloped by sight and sound. On the downside you also get to see how the years have no been so kind to Bono. The man certainly looks his age.
You cannot critique this film without discussing St. Bono. He is at his biggest and best during this show. Full of drama and striking his best rock star poses, he conveys the emotions of whatever songs he is singing even for those in the cheap seats. The man certainly is a drama king. Not turned off by that, the huge crowd laps it up.
Running through their hits like "Vertigo", "Where the Streets Have No Name", "Pride (In the Name of Love)", "With or Without You", "Beautiful Day", "New Year's Day", "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "One", and "Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own" as well as some lesser know songs like "Miss Sarajevo", "Love and Peace or Else" and "Yaweh". They are not the biggest rock band in the last 25 years for nothing. There is not a dull moment throughout the whole show. U2 are stars, but their crowds come in a close second. I went to the screening sceptical that it would be just another concert film, but left in wonderment of how the 3D technology brought plenty to U2's live show, which was already great to begin with.