Andrea’s film review – The Hubble 3D

The Hubble 3D ⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Shown at the IMAX Cinema at the Science Museum.

Exhausted by being locked up at home, we took advantage of the seemingly low COVID restrictions to pay a visit to the lovely Science Museum. While there I could not resists dragging my son to the Imax cinema where they were showing Hubble 3D.

Narrated by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio, this short piece (45 minutes long) filmed with mostly IMAX 3D cameras chronicles the effort of seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Or at least that’s how it was sold to me.

I have to say, I was very disappointed by the whole enterprise. This might have looked impressive in 2010 when it was first released and we were all much more into 3D gimmicks, but today it feels dated, boring and pretty pointless.

I’m sure they had some Imax footage in space and they must have thought to themselves: “What can we do with it? Ok, let’s milk it as much as we can and show it in science museums around the world!”

Almost a third of the film is spent watching a wide shot of some astronauts trying to screw/unscrew a piece of something onto the telescope. The rest feels like stock footage we’ve seen thousands of times before of rockets firing off to the sky.

Yes, some of it takes place in space, but it might as well be on a film set because I don’t get much out of the excitement from actually being there.

Even my son, who’s a space nerd, asked me at some point “how long is this going to be?”… And it’s only 45 minutes long! After a while even that fake jeopardy gets boring.

Leo’s voice gets half-eclipsed by some loud (i.e. badly mixed) mushy music and those wide shots went on and on and on, so I started looking around the auditorium looking at how many people were actually wearing face masks (not many by the way).

The film makes no effort to make us care for any of the characters on the screen. I have no idea who they are, how many they are and what they are feeling, aside from some quick interviews right at the start, when it’s just too early to care about any of them.

It’s badly constructed, directed and put together, just an excuse for some 3D Imax stuff.

The film is padded out by some CG recreations of space, which might be the thing most people will remember from this, though nowhere in the documentary do they tell us that those images are fake.

Leaving the auditorium I heard people talking about those moments as if those shots were real…. I was about to tell them, but then I thought to myself “why ruin it for them?”

If you ever go to the Science museum and want to try the “IMAX experience”, go for Antartica, where at least you’ve got some cute animals to keep you company.

My two stars are just for the effort to take those BIG cameras on space and for getting di Caprio to agree to voice this (he was probably lured in by the ending of the film looking at Earth from space and realise what an amazing place we all live it), but it should really be a one star.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

The Hubble 3D is being shown at the IMAX Cinema at the Science Museum.

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