I’m not sure there was really any point to this film, other than having the rather novel experience of sitting in my living room wearing 3D glasses – and being sniggered at by my family – where previously, I’d only worn them in a cinema.
And to be honest, the 3D effect wasn’t that remarkable; I’ve seen better. However, that said, it’s worth bearing in mind that this film footage was shot in the 1950s by Bob Angell and Arthur Wooster – who both recalled their experiences charmingly for this film – so it was actually no mean feat.
In fact, the majority of the film’s charm was in these two lovely gentlemen and the very formal way in which they spoke. All very English and very tea-and-cucumber-sandwiches. I especially liked it when they implored us to put on our “3D viewing spectacles.” Bless.
It was also interesting to note that one of my rock heroes, Brian May, has the very anorak-like hobby of collection stereoscopic slides. In fact, he’s the world’s leading collector. The things you didn’t know you didn’t know…
But back to the film, and though interesting in many places, there was far too much footage of horses. They seemed to be on in 3D cardboard-cut-out fashion every few minutes. And though that was a tad boring, and the 3D not that great, the scenes near the end in which we saw the Queen talking to ship-workers were much better. The bright colours and 3D effect made it seem fantasyish with the benefit of knowing it had in fact happened.
Overall, despite it being an interesting little film in many ways, I’m not that enamoured of the whole 3D glasses wearing thing which Channel 4 is determined to make me do all week, thanks to its series of 3D shows. As I mentioned, constant titters accompanied the pomp and ceremony music on screen and I ended up with a headache.
It could be because I tried wearing the 3D specs over my normal glasses and found that just made everything blurry, so I took my glasses off and just had the 3D ones on. This had the effect of making me squint to see so I looked rather like a myopic puppy – so says my son.
Maybe I’ll try walking around for a while with the 3D ones on over my normal glasses to see if I can adjust to them both together. Should be an interesting day!