In my review for what is supposed to be the final film in the Saw franchise, I’d like discuss not only Saw 3D, but the series as a whole. Lets first begin with Saw 3D. My biggest complaint regarding this film is its title and use of 3D. First off, I’d like to establish my hatred for the idea of 3D in general. This really isn’t the right place to discuss it, but 3D is unneeded, pointless, it doesn’t make a movie better and it never will so just stop. James Cameron is an awful person who makes terrible movies. Anyways, lets talk Saw.
Okay, go ahead and make your movie 3D, I’ll be a little frustrated, but I’m not gonna complain much. What I will complain about is the way the filmmakers felt it necessary to attach “3D” to the title as if thats what’s going to make me want to watch this movie. Because it makes me happy to have the feeling that I can reach out and touch someone’s severed spleen. I’m being sarcastic if you couldn’t tell. 3D didn’t add anything to this movie. Call it Saw VII because that’s what it is. Now, lets just chat about the actual movie.
Saw 3D was awful. It was absolutely atrocious. It was a movie filled with a corny plot, dreadful dialogue, terrible acting and dull direction. To tell you the truth, going in, I didn’t expect anything else. I knew whole-heartedly going in that what I was about to see was going to be a terrible movie. This statement begs the question: Why did I go see it at all then? Well, before I delve into that question, I’d like to give you my ranking of the Saw series (from least to greatest):
7. Saw II
6. Saw V
5. Saw VI
4. Saw IV
3. Saw III
2. Saw 3D
I feel the same way about Saw 3D that I do about the entire series. Its absolutely awful filmmaking on almost all accounts, but I can’t fight my feelings on the series any longer. I love the Saw movies. The Saw series is our generation’s Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween and I consider myself lucky cause, you know what, Saw’s better.
Don’t get me wrong. All those crappy slasher movie series, from Halloween to Scream are a blast, but I get more enjoyment out of the Saw movies. The Saw movies actually take their multiple killings and attempt to put a complex story and meaning behind them, sure it was corny and impossible, but it was a series that was fun to watch. It was interesting to see what would happen next. And I’m not talking about the traps, I’m talking about the plot of the entire seires that came to a great close in Saw 3D. Saw 3D made everthing make sense in a Saw sort of way and brought everything full circle and in that way it was pretty awesome. At the end, it was obviously corny and in no way could ever happen realistically, but that didn’t stop my heart from pounding and my lips from smiling.
So there you go, the Saw series is awful, but I’m not ashamed to say that I love it. I’m finding it very difficult to grade this movie, because even though I love it I can’t hide the fact that it was a terrible movie. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to grade Saw 3D from the stand point of a lover of movies and a critic, but I will say this. The Saw series is essentially the ultimate guilty pleasure for me and that’s by far the best way I can put it.
Grade: D+ (with much love)