‘Hubble’ would be impressive even without 3-D
Even though it’s less than 45 minutes long, “Hubble 3D’’ manages to be three separate movies. They’re related, but one of them is especially satisfying.
There’s a primer, sadly brief, on the history of the Hubble Space Telescope, one of the true technological marvels of this technologically marvelous age. Film number two consists of footage of the May 2009 space shuttle mission that gave the telescope a new lease on its scientific life. Finally, “Hubble 3D’’ uses the astounding images from the telescope to, well, astound us.
Any one of these elements could have made a compelling film, and none of the elements really benefits all that much more from all the
There are terrific things here. Who knew that shuttle astronauts train in a four-story, 6-million-gallon swimming pool at the Johnson Space Center? (It’s the best way to imitate prolonged weightlessness.) Or that much of the hardware the astronauts used in replacing parts and updating the Hubble looked like something you could get at a
Leonardo DiCaprio, as narrator, sounds very nearly reverent, and not without reason. The aplomb of the astronauts as they go about their business, the staggering celestial reaches revealed by the telescope: These are barely comprehensible. But is it being a spoilsport to suggest that the Hubble’s original 2-D images are a lot more stupendous than all the IMAX 3-D hurly-burly?