Last night I finally made it out to my local IMAX theater to check out Superman in 3D. I'm not going to review the movie for you, there are a lot of places online for that, but the 3D effects bear mentioning in terms of movie-geekery. It was quite the experience. There are some very slight spoilers ahead, so be careful.
The first thing a lot of people don't know is that the entire movie isn't in 3D, only about 20 minutes or so give you the effect. A blinking glasses icon on the bottom of the screen warns you when something is going to happen, and then if the theater is packed you get to listen to hundred of people put their glasses on at the same time. It's quite the noise. The glasses themselves were large and comfortable, and fit easily over my prescription frames. The first 3D scene is kind of a fun look back at Supe's childhood, and the second one… well, it's worth the price of admission alone.
The plane crash scene, on the IMAX screen, in 3D, was more exciting than many rollercoasters I've been on. In my theater the sound was cranked, and many people had their hands over their ears. The 3D effect is intense, and does a good job of putting you in the movie. I felt battered by the time the scene was over. I actually heard people screaming in the audience in places. It didn't feel like a comic book movie during this scene, when people got hurt, it looked brutal. Some of the imagery was beautiful, some of it ugly, but everything together made your jaw drop. When the scene is over and you get the nice reveal shot of Superman, a lot of people stood up and cheered. You really did feel like you saw something, well, super.
The 3D effect was impressive in most cases, but there was some slight doubling in the image even with the glasses on in places. You can also catch some odd details when the effect glitched up. In one scene a hand seemed to be about a foot in front of the arm it was supposed to be attached to. Other than these slight nitpicks, it was a great way to watch the movie, and the flying scenes were all incredible.
The movie itself I found pretty blah, but the 3D experience more than made up for it. If you have an IMAX in your area, it's worth the drive and the extra money. I left impressed, and ready to sit down and see the whole thing again.