The old stereotype about 3D movies was that they constantly shoved junk into the viewers face. Guess what? Comin’ At Ya! is the king of junk in your face!
When I saw Comin’ At Ya! appear as a 3D Blu-ray pre-order, I immediately ordered. I knew nothing about Comin’ At Ya!! before I watched it. I only knew it was an old movie that was in 3D, and it featured really intense “pop out” effects, so I was already on board. From the cover art/poster, it looks like a wacky comedy, but it was far from that. It is an adventure into insanity.
Comin’ At Ya! is a Spaghetti Western, you know an Italian Western that features a lot of over the top action and little dialogue. What really sets that apart from any other Spaghetti Western in history is the constant use of 3D pop outs, but more on that in a second. The film features Tony Anthony as H.H. Hart, the mostly silent hero who’s wedding is interrupted by a couple of bandits that leave him for dead and take his bride, played by the incredibly attractive Victoria Abril. The rest of the film is Hart’s attempts to save his wife, and the dozens of other women that the bandits are holding prisoner. It’s a simple plot, but serviceable for the movie. The bad guys are bad and the good guys are good. That’s about it.
One really odd choice by the people that did the film restoration was changing some scenes that were black and white by putting some color in them. It was done by one of the producers of the film, so I guess it’s sort of okay. The effect sort of works, but it is a bit distracting.
The biggest problem with the plot is that it often is secondary to the 3D effects, which I’ll talk about right now:
Comin’ At Ya! if freaking ridiculous. It’s super gimmicky. There’s objects shoved in your face constantly. The open credits alone is just excuse after excuse to shove something at the screen every few seconds, so the title is extremely apt. They do stuff like drop beans into a pot where the camera is facing up from the bottom of the pot. Characters shove their guns in your face. Knifes are in your face. Yo Yos. Darts. Basically anything and everything. There’s far more pop outs than I’ve ever seen in any 3D movie that I’ve watched.
Some of the effects, while gimmicky are still fun to see. It’s like a carnival ride of 3D and it also elicits laughs when character’s actions are motivated solely on creating a 3D effect. For instance, a guy is stabbed in the gut with a pitchfork. Instead of dying right away, the guy turns towards the direction of the camera and takes a few steps, so the handle of the pitchfork is sticking out of the screen, and then he dies.
One of the most hilarious of the 3D effects is a naked baby being crammed right into your face. It’s probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.
Speaking scary things, there’s a completely pointless scene where bats attack captive women. These are the worst bats ever seen on film. Period. It really hurts the movie, but at the same time it’s pretty funny. And on the other hand, one of the coolest effects that I really enjoyed where javelins and then flaming arrows coming at the camera.
And in case you’re wondering, there’s some nudity, but not enough to take advantage of the 3D.
One very important thing I must note is some of the pop ups are so extreme that my eyes couldn’t handle them. There’s a certain point where the two images wouldn’t align because they were so extreme. I’m not sure if that’s a limitation of my eyes or technology.
The Final Judgement
As a movie, Comin’ At Ya! is terrible thanks to all the 3D effects. It would have been a standard and enjoyable Spaghetti Western. However, it is those same crazy 3D effects that propels this movie from standard Spaghetti Western to spectacle and a must see in 3D. Even if you don’t want to watch the whole movie, it’s fun to fast forward to the really ridiculous parts just to show people the craziness.