I just rang Reading Cinemas in Mandurah to find out why Hugo in 3D had disappeared off their schedule. It turns out that it has been bumped because they only have so many 3D projectors and Journey 2 : The Mysterious Island, the sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth, has just opened. Now I am not denigrating Journey 2 because I haven’t seen it. But only in Mandurah could a movie that has a critics rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, 11 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture, a major feat for a childrens movie) and with reviews like ‘Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids’ movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema’ loses it’s slot to a movie that rates 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.
But to be fair to Journey 2, it does rate 72% among viewers. I’m really just having a rant because, after having been ripped off and under-whelmed by 3D movies, one finally comes along that has reviewers saying things like ‘Setting the benchmark for 21st century family films — 3D has never looked better and Hugo’s story is universally appealing’ and it lasts about 2 days in Mandurah! 😦