Review: See Hubble on the Double

Hubble 3D: IMAX is worthy of both the 3D and the IMAX tags; it's a sight to behold on a massive screen. The film is a documentary about the space mission to repair the Hubble Telescope. There's an element of danger, yes, but it's more about the majesty of space. I should also mention that Leonardo DiCaprio narrates, and life is better when you've got Leo D.'s voice guiding you along.

The documentary starts with a quick overview of what the Hubble Telescope has contributed to our understanding of modern space. It's not hyperbole to mention that the Hubble is one of the most successful scientific breakthroughs of our generation: because of it, astronomers now have an insight into the universe previously only guessed at. And the images, oh my, the images. They are presented, beautiful and vivid, and they can't help but inspire awe. Once you've grasped that the Hubble is something worth saving, you're pushed right along to the astronaut program where the film lays out the scope of the danger involved. Then it's launch time! The final 20 minutes is spent in space, on the mission, with the requisite "floating in space and loving it" footage.

My main problem with Hubble 3D: IMAX is the 45-minute running time. How do we live in a world where The Bounty Hunter is cracking two hours while one of the most fascinating scientific forays of our time is uber-condensed into oblivion? They clearly shot reams of footage with the IMAX cameras -- why not make this at least two hours? The project feels too rushed given the importance of the subject, space, the final frontier. I could have used a lot more. Heck, just make it four hours and throw in an intermission. When you're talking about the origins of the universe I think we can all spare a little time.

Still, see Hubble 3D: IMAX if you get the opportunity. Take the children. It's a beautiful film, and it somehow makes the cosmos seem both accessible and heavenly. You'll definitely learn a few things, and you'll gain a new appreciation for our space program. I mean, there's got to be some reason "shoot for the stars!" is a popular colloquialism, right?

Grade: B

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