Going into a “Jackass” film, what you see is what you get: a bunch of dudes who’ve been doing crazy violent stunts for ten years and want to make you laugh, cringe and maybe even get sick. This time the stunts are bigger, funnier and somehow, even grosser.
One of the newest and coolest additions to the film is the use of different cameras, mainly the 3D camera and a camera that shoots at 1000 frames-per-second. Being a person who regularly shuns 3D films as a gimmicky technique used to charge movie goers an extra three bucks, I found the use of 3D in “Jackass 3D” to be quite fitting.
All the explosions were in your face and if any vomit or other bodily functions were in play, then you got to witness it all in glorious three dimensions. Although I will admit if you don’t want to see it in 3D, due to whatever reason, then you don’t have to. Not seeing it in 3D doesn’t take away much–the stunts will still gross you out or make you cry tears of hilarity, but it won’t take away from its awesomeness.
The other camera that really put Jackass 3D high up there on the awesome-meter was the one that shot stunts at 1000 FPS. Some stunts in the film use it as a slow motion replay of pain but where it really shines is when it’s used to show the stunt in its entirety. Watching things like “The Rocky”, a stunt in which Bam Margera surprises the crew with a cup of water to one side of their face, then proceeds to punch them with a gloved fist on the other. It’s really hilarious to watch their surprised faces as they get bopped on the head but what makes it really magical is when shown at 1000 FPS. It’s like watching a train wreck happening in slow motion.
Finally what makes Jackass 3D a really memorable experience was the nostalgia. I’ve enjoyed watching the men on Jackass do crazy, hilarious and horrible things to themselves and others for 10 years now and with mostly every film in theaters having to fall under some sort of genre headline, it’s nice to just go to the theater and laugh your butt off at ridiculous, good natured fun.
After 10 years, three and a half movies, and a hit television show, Jackass 3D will still manage to invoke all sorts of emotions in the viewer. With great camera use and fun, new stunts, Jackass 3D is a great movie for anybody–from the hardcore Jackass fan, to someone just looking for a good laugh.