If I had to describe this documentary in one word I would say 'sweeping'. Vatican Museums 3D uses ultra HD 4k/3D Cameras to give you a glimpse of the wonders inside the Vatican. Professor Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican museums, explains the rich history surrounding these masterpieces, about their creators and aspirations.
The stunning art collection of the Vatican Museums began with the unearthing of the sculpture, Laocoon and his sons, in 1506 and from there forth has become a body of work like no other. In high definition 3D, this is probably the next best thing to seeing these works first hand. The mix of native 3D and advanced dimensional techniques used in the film industry really allows the paintings and sculptures to come alive. Famous works such as the La Pieta, Belvedere Torso, Last judgement and many more seemed but a few inches from my nose and at times the paintings seem to reach out and completely immerse you in them. This is 3D technology finally being put to really good use.
One of my favourite parts of the documentary was the look into the Sistine chapel. Not only did I find myself engulfed in the paintings, the astounding scale of Michelangelo's single handed feat really comes into perspective. It truly makes you appreciate what a man can achieve if he has enough will power. The documentary also covers other famous artists such as Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci, Chagall and Michelangelo's younger rival Raphael, and a few more. The documentary also captures some beautiful views from outside the Vatican and also its interiors'.
The soundtrack was in line with the grand sweeping nature of the visuals. It helped really capture the grandeur of the artwork as well as drawing the viewer in further. However, my only criticism would be that the music proved a distraction during the times when professor Paolucci was speaking. Also, the transitions between artworks were also a bit melodramatic with scenes of marble dust flying in slow motion and extreme close ups of an actor seemingly portraying the determination and emotions of the artists.
Overall, that was a tiny setback in an otherwise magical expereience. Documentaries can become boring but this was one that truly transported you to its content. It is educational and entertaining; a useful combination. It would be a great documentary for students or anyone interested in art and history. Be warned though, the documentary will make you desperately wish you could visit the Vatican and see these magnificent works yourself.