It’s not every day you can make the claim that something has just revolutionized the film industry. It’s also not every day that you see liquid shit fire out of a man’s ass like a volcano, gushing three feet into air before splattering down onto that man’s own buttocks in three dimensions. Well, unless you’re a member of the Jackass crew, because then stuff like that is pretty much a day to day activity.
In theaters October 15th, Jackass 3D is the… well, not exactly third installment, considering Number Two was overflowing with enough stunts to create Jackass 2.5. So technically I guess this is the fourth film and it is without a doubt the best looking of all of them. That’s what you get when you use Phantom 3D cameras, which are capable of capturing amazing slow-motion, three dimensional footage, and have a price-tag that involves six digits. So what happens when you give equipment like that to guys like these? Well, they throw up on them, of course.
You already know if you like Jackass 3D or not. If any part of you wants to see this film or you liked the others, you’re going to have a good time. It is over the top ridiculousness at it’s finest. You will laugh out loud. You will cringe. Someone in your theater may vomit.
Conversely, if you don’t think you’re going to like this film, or you can’t stomach injuries, feces, or flaccid wangs, stay away. You’d just be torturing yourself. Jackass 3D promises you a dirty, painful time and it delivers across the board. As the guys themselves readily admit, they’re not out to intellectualize the process, make a political statement, or really do anything other than have a good time by making people laugh.
What can one say about Jackass 3D that can’t be gleaned from the advertisements? I feel like it would cheapen your experience, or take something away from it on some level, if I told you about all the crazy shit that goes on. Some of this stuff just needs to come out of left field and blow you away. The less you know coming in, the more you’ll keep laughing on the way out.
So I guess I can talk technically- of course I don’t really think Jackass 3D revolutionized the film industry, though maybe that’s not even very far off. The guys proved that you can still shoot a crazy, frantic hand-held movie in 3D. The film-making style hasn’t changed at all, it’s still a bunch of dudes being chased around by a bunch of dudes with cameras. If you can make a film like this in 3D, there’s no limit to what you can do with the technology, technically speaking.
As I mentioned above, the film looks fantastic. The images are crisp and clear,even when you don’t want them to be, like when a penis is in your face or a shit is raining down upon you. Strangely, the 3D is understated in the film when compared to something like Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. There are no really gimmicky moments, rather the crew just filmed what was going on like they normally would.
Perhaps the most impressive bits of the film are those filmed in slow-motion, which are pretty frequent. Not exactly 300 levels, but if this was called Jackass SloMo, it’d still be just as relevant. The detail and imagery during these parts is insane. Potentially the best looking slo-mo put to tape so far. Discovery Channel needs to get on board with the Phantom camera, because this stuff really is ridiculously good looking.
If you’re looking for lots of laughs and you find defecation, falls from great heights, paintballs, spinal injuries, and animals abusing the shit out of grown men, Jackass 3D is for you. You’ll wince, flinch, and laugh to you cry. Jackass 3D is pure, unadulterated fun. Turn off your brain and giggle.