Black Panther – ScreenX Review

Black Panther - ScreenX

In a time where theaters are vying for your hard-earned dollars, there are certain theaters out there that go the extra mile and offer specialty experiences. Some you may have heard such as IMAX or Dolby Cinema while some are more on the gimmicky side. One of these experiences is ScreenX. We were lucky enough to experience this format while watching one of the hottest films of the year, Black Panther.

ScreenX is a movie-going experience where certain scenes of a film are projected onto the sidewalls. Thus, giving the audience an immersive cinematic experience. But as I said, it’s only certain number of scenes that expand to the sidewalls. Think of it as you’re watching a film in IMAX. Instead of a film growing taller in IMAX, ScreenX grows wider during certain key scenes. Although the format is relatively new (first major US release was Pirates 5), there are some things to like about seeing Black Panther on the format.

First, there’s a theatricality to the way that the screen expands. It doesn’t just appear on the screen as IMAX does, there’s a method to the madness. It flows with the scene. For example, when Zuri slams his spear to begin the T’Challa/Killmonger fight, the scene begins to expand. This was certainly one of those “wow, that’s cool” moments. In turn, it also increases the intensity of the fight.

Then there’s the use of the side screens as well. The magic of watching something in ScreenX is seeing the various landscapes and backgrounds of a scene. For something as beautiful as Black Panther, you get to see a panoramic look at some of the beautiful imagery. Whether it’s Wakanda or Busan, you get to see a lot more of it.

Yet, because this is such a new format, there are some issues that need to be worked on. First, there were a few times where the imagery projected on the sidewalls look a bit stretched or skewed. One would figure it’s made this way to get audiences to continue watching the center screen while keeping the sides in your peripheral vision. But it’s just human nature to look at the side walls when something is on it. Also, if you’re close to the middle or front row of seats then you have to look at the side walls. Thus, highlighting some of the issues I said previously. Just something to note, if you’re sitting in the middle or front rows you might get a bit dizzy during T’Challa and Killmonger’s final fight.

Black Panther is the ScreenX’s first Marvel Studios film. Overall, it was a good experience albeit under certain conditions. As a new format, there are still some growing pains and things that they need to improve on. Despite all that, ScreenX still grabbed my attention. I mean it’s not that difficult when you’re appreciating the panoramic wonder of Black Panther. ScreenX is definitely a fun format that will only get better with time.

Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

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