Eclipse: To IMAX or Not To IMAX That is the Question

With apologies to The Bard, is Eclipse in IMAX the way to go? One reviewer from ABC gives the IMAX experience a thumbs down talking about how it magnifies flaws not seen on the smaller screen, and in that regard, ruins a bit of what could be called “movie magic” making it harder to suspend disbelief.

” I couldn’t help but notice that IMAX is very unforgiving. So much of “Eclipse” is close-up shots, meaning that Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson , Taylor Lautner and the rest of the cast had their faces magnified to the point where they were two stories tall. And, uh, it didn’t do such great things for them.

Kristen’s hair was so obviously a wig and it was driving me nuts. Really, would it be so hard to give that thing a part? Then it wouldn’t be so glaring. Ditto for Ashley Greene—can’t they use her real, gorgeous hair rather than that hacked-up wig? Homegirl looks like she cuts her hair herself with pinking shears.

Speaking of the Cullen clan, Edward and crew didn’t look pale; they looked like they had pan makeup congregating in the corners of their mouths. And they didn’t look like their eyes were crazy colors; you could actually see their contact lens lines.”

The admin team had both experiences and we are mixed in our reactions about the IMAX experience.  If you saw it in IMAX, did the story work in that format, why or why not? Also are you a regular IMAX viewer if you saw it in that format?


  1. just saw it yesterday on a ‘small’ imax screen….loved the booming sound and noticed (could hear) a lot more of the awesome soundtrack….but the wigs are truly awful on both kristen and ashley…don’t they have a wardsrobe dept that NOTICES that stuff onscreen…also a lot of lipstick-corner-of-the-mouth bleed…you could really see it on that humungous screen. overall a good experience. we had already seen it 2x prior. midnight show plus opening day in the evening.

  2. I’ve now seen it in IMAX twice and 35 mm once. I must say I prefer the IMAX experience. Yes there are flaws…. every movie has them, but are you going to the movie to pick out the flaws or to enjoy the film? If your a true fan of the story, like I am, you will overlook the flaws and just enjoy this film. I think the flaws stood out more in New Moon than Eclipse, which again… was in 35mm. It’s the best of the 3 films so far….. so just Enjoy!

  3. I have seen it on an IMAX screen and a regular screen, and I really enjoyed the IMAX more. The sound and the picture made it seem like you were there.

    Yes, I think that some of the wigs used are horrible, like Jaspers, but I do not believe watching it on IMAX made it worse.

  4. I saw it in IMAX and loved it. I would totally recommend it. Yes, the wigs looked bad, but they looked just as bad in the regular version. the picture is soooo much sharper that the IMAX is way worth it.

  5. I couldn’t stop looking at Dakota’s eyebrows! I get what your saying about being a little too close.

  6. I saw it in IMAX yesterday and in regular cinemas last week. I agree that regular was better, because the action scenes in IMAX were all blurry and the action was just a little too close, it was hard to follow the story. I did LOVE the huge robert in front of me!! Still I think it was a little too dizzying.

    I’m going to see it tomorrow in Xtremescreen (cause I already booked) I wonder how it’s going to look…I think Xtremescreen is a little smaller than IMAX but bigger than regular…maybe it’ll be a perfect inbetween…?

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