CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

IMAX "Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon 3D"

When I was 28, I became very old very fast. One of
the last men to walk on the moon was Colonel Jim
Irwin. Colonel Irwin visited Cardinal Newman High
School when I taught there fourteen years ago. I was
enthused to meet one of the six men to have walked on
the moon, but my high school seniors were not remotely
interested. I finally realized that the Class of '91
was born after the last man walked on the moon. Ouch!

The new IMAX FILM, "Magnificent Desolation Walking on
the Moon 3D" capitalizes on this cultural divide in a
fun and positive way. After an impressive 3 D
spectacular opening effect involving the illusion that
the moon is crashing into your face, Tom Hanks
interviews several elementary aged school children.

The children are unable to name any of the twelve
astronauts who walked on the moon. While these
children have no concept of moon travel, the
interviewees nonetheless become united in their desire
to return to the moon. As a Certified Social Science
teacher, it amazes me that that the only nation to
visit the moon is not acknowledged in most public
school history books.

“Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon 3D" takes
stock footage of man's 299-hour visit on the moon and
enhances them with modern cinematic computer
technology. One views a moon landing from the
perspective of the lunar module. Hank’s Hollywood
pals speak quotations from the surviving astronauts;
among the castmates are Morgan Freeman (Neil
Armstrong), John Travolta (Jim Irwin) and Paul Newman
(Dave Scott).

Unlike last year's best documentary "Space Station
3-D," "Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon 3D"
is grounded on the moon. While one looses the
sensation that one is in outer space, one is still
susceptible the moon's optical illusion. One mind
jarring moment features an astronaut who is told
abruptly by Mission Control in Houston to stop
walking. The Astronaut is standing on the edge of a
1000-mile deep canyon. Given that there are no visual
reference points, these optical illusions become a
consistent danger when walking on the moon.

The year that the United States of America put a man
on the moon was the same year of the Vietnam War,
Hurricane Camille and Woodstock. The leadership of
the World War II Generation and their focus on problem
solving put man on the moon. Sadly the Woodstock
Generation has put an emphasis on placing blame and
finding fault. Perhaps the new generations will take
a cue from the perseverance of the World War II
Generation and start developing affordable real
estate on the Moon before I retire in 2028.

For ticket information, contact the Museum of
Discovery at 954 467-MODS or visit the website at
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