Tuesday, May 11, 2010

3D or Not 3D: That is the Question

Since the release of Avatar the 3D craze has taken over Hollywood. It seems like every other movie coming out will be in 3D. I find 3D to be very annoying. It doesn’t add anything new to a movie other than nausea. While certain animated films and movies that have a good amount of CGI are an exception to this I’m disgusted in the direction Hollywood is going. As if this studio’s don’t make millions upon millions of dollars they are now using a way to make more. Yes, I know the point of making movies is to generate money but they’re sacrificing quality. Just so you know, most of the 3D movies coming out will not have the same quality as Avatar therefore you are really wasting your money. Trust me it happened to me with Clash of the Titans. Avatar was shot with a specific type of film and technology. Most of the movies coming out now have been converted to 3D afterwards which provides shitty 3D quality. If this 3D trend really catches on, which it seems like it is, you can expect even more movies to be released in 3D that don’t call for it. If that’s the case, do you know what that really means? Increase ticket prices. As if going to the movies wasn’t expensive enough you’ll now have add $5 or so on top of what you pay per ticket. I’m sorry I think its bullshit. I know I’m not alone on this. Roger Ebert hates 3D and just recently wrote an article on it. Here are some of movies coming out that will be in 3D (for some you have the option to see it in 2D):

Shrek Forever After
Toy Story 3
Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D-was already released but who the fuck wants to see Kenny Chesney at all none the less in 3D. A 3D Kenny Chesney concert is as useless as an ass on my elbow.
The Last Airbender- could be cool I’ll admit
Step-Up 3D-Yea, because I desperately want to see the same bullshit recycled story in 3D.
Piranha 3D-not even going to touch this one.
Jackass 3D
Tron Legacy
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2
The Smurfs
The Green Lantern

The list goes on and on. If you’re interested in full list go to www.film-releases.com/film-release-schedule-3D.php. As I said, for the animated movies I don’t have an issue with that as much, but for a live action movies c'mon. Furthermore, companies like Samsung are releasing 3D TV's. Now that's too far. Do you really want to watch TV wearing those glasses all the time? Since this 3D issue is something that affects everyone, what are your thoughts on the matter?


  1. hollywood has run short of good stories so it goes for 3 d window dressing.

  2. this is an interesting topic; in march, i watched the NCAA basketball tournament in a movie theatre in 3d. i think in many ways hollywood is trying to re-brand the movie watching experience. it makes more a more engaging environment for the viewer.

    even lg, the popular tv manufacturer are initiating the first 3d television for sale this coming summer.

  3. ESPN and some spanish networks will be showcasing some of the World Cup games in 3D too. I'm sure the quality of one's tv has a lot to do with the viewing experience, but I cant help but be a bit intrigued by the idea of this.

  4. While it does slighty sound intriguing to me as well. Do you really want to watch tv wearing glasses all the time? What happens if you already wear glasses and not contacts. You'll be wearing two pairs of glasses to watch tv

  5. let's hope it is a fad. Seems plain stupid to me. The real cinematic challenge is to make a 2D scene more absorbing than real life. Using 3D is sort of cheating and cutting corners.

  6. I agree Nicole. I feel that if a storyline isn't that good to start with then theyll put 3D in there as a distraction from the crappy plot. Case in point Piranha.

  7. You are so right about Hollywood just using this as an excuse to charge more for their already overpriced theater tickets. How unfair to do to families in this economy!?!?!