I’ve about had it with this resurgence of 3D movies.
Have I actually watched a 3D movie at the theater?
Well, no, and yet it manages to annoy me all the same. This last weekend’s release, Thor, is a prime example. First of all, about half the showings of the film were in 3D. I’m taking at least four people. That would be an extra $20 to experience the joy of the third dimension which, if all the reviews I read are to be believed, added little to the film. This means it severely limited the times available for us to go see the movie. That led to us seeing it later in the week rather than opening weekend. Not a big deal, I know, but in a world where opening weekend grosses make or break a film, I’m sure they would have rather had my cash on Saturday instead of Wednesday.
The real reason for my deep hatred of the format, however, is how much it stinks up a traditional showing of the film. Thor was originally shot for 3D, and it shows. Multiple times, while thoroughly enjoying the film, I was ripped out of it when a shot would come up that was so obviously made for 3D but doesn’t work as well in 2D. “This is a really cool sequence,” I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, wait, look at that crappy shot there. I bet if I were wearing those vaunted 3D glasses that fake looking guy falling through the air would feel like he was going to land on me.”
3D is expensive, doesn’t seem to add a lot to most films* and looks really bad when viewed traditionally. 3D needs to go the way of the dodo.
*I suppose I should add a disclaimer excluding James Cameron from this blanket statement. Judging by the number of people that lost their minds over Avatar**, he did something right with 3D.
**I am not one of said people who lost their minds over Avatar. I gave it a review of “meh,” and continue to wonder why people go nuts over it.