Justice League is presently in theaters and I couldn’t pass up the chance to check out the movie in 4DX, the world’s first and leading 4D technology-based movie experience. These theaters have special seats which move in around and vibrate along with wind and water effects. Additionally, the theater can emulate fog, rain, and snow in the air and storm lighting and sound effects. All of these combine to create a unique experience that mimics what is going on during the movie.
For a motion picture to make use of the 4DX features available in a theater, a 4DX “track” needs to be programmed on top of the existing video and audio tracks. In other words, a 4DX movie is a standard movie with the addition of a 4DX track that controls the 4DX features during playback. The programming of the track is done by CJ 4DPlex, the CJ CGV subsidiary who developed the technology, in some cases with the participation of the studio that originally produced the original movie.
While some might wonder if the 4DX experience will distract from the movie, I think it only enhances it. In Justice League, Batman seeks Wonder Woman’s help as well as the aid of other DC heroes, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, to help fight a new threat that has emerged shortly after the death of Superman. The world is enveloped in fear and hopelessness ever since the symbol of peace is no more. Nevertheless, will this group be able to handle this new threat on their own without Superman?
Fight scenes are perfectly tailored to trigger various effects throughout the theater. Every superhero punch and fall is felt through various vibrations from your seat. Every time water splashes on-screen, water is misted in your face. Moreover, since Aquaman gets a whole lot of screen time, be ready for a soaking whenever he is on screen. Every time it rains, it rains in the theater which also happens a handful of times during the movie. Pretty much any movie effect that affects your sense of smell or feeling of motion is emulated through your theater seat. The only drawback was with the lack of 3D-ness. There were not many scenes where it was clear that we were watching a scene enhanced by 3D. Instead, I think I would have enjoyed the movie without the 3D glasses while keeping the remaining 4DX features.
Unlike Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League is an overall improvement. With better pacing and tons of fast-paced action, the 4DX only enhanced the overall action on-screen. It is a definite leap forward for the DCEU since the last few films for the franchise were such disappointments while Wonder Woman stood out in a league of its own and is one of my favorite DCEU movies. Justice League had more levity than it’s predecessors. Each member of the Justice League is entertaining in their own right with Wonder Woman and Aquaman being standouts for me. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) was simply exceptional in this movie; she continued to dominate in her scenes. Aquaman (Jason Momoa) was a pleasant surprise especially since Justice League tried really hard to dispel the myths of Aquaman being a weirdo who communicates with the fishes and orders them to do his bidding.
Viewing a movie in 4DX is always recommended in my book even though it carries a steep price tag. At $30 per ticket, watching a movie in 4DX is all about the experience and while it enhances the movie, there are some key things to note. If you choose to eat during the movie, please remember that you will be in constant motion. Your seat will be moving around for a majority of the movie which makes eating difficult at times. Also, remember to turn off the water effect if you aren’t keen on being misted whenever water is involved. Remember, Aquaman shows up a lot and for some reason, it rains a lot more since Superman is dead. It’s almost as if Earth is weeping over the loss. And finally, there are lighting effects that can also affect anyone with light sensitivities.
Overall, Justice League is an OK movie that is perfectly suited for the 4DX viewing experience. It showcases how well 4DX enhances the movie viewing experience while transporting the viewer into the on-screen action.
The 4DX version of Justice League is only offered for a limited time at select theaters across the US. To find a 4DX theater near you, visit the official 4DX website. And if you are curious about learning what other films are available in 4DX or are just curious to learn more, simply check out the 4DX website.
- Justice League is an OK movie that is perfectly suited for the 4DX viewing experience. It showcases how well 4DX enhances the movie viewing experience while transporting the viewer into the on-screen action.
- The 4DX version of Justice League is only offered for a limited time at select theaters across the US and costs around $30 per ticket.
† Disclosure: Tickets were provided to watch Justice League in 4DX for review.