I don’t like 3D. It’s stupid. It’s silly. It’s gimmicky. Most importantly, it adds nothing of value to the entertainment experience. I know that it’s the future, and that it’s probably here to stay. But it’s just plain dumb, and only serves to make the filmgoing experience more of a hassle for negligable gains.
Here’s the thing, gang. We are human beings, and we see things in 3D already. Everything in real life is in 3D. And it’s so much a part of our world and perceptions that we already see movies in 3D, even if they’re 2D. If you think about it, when has anyone been fooled by scale in a movie without 3D? Has anyone ever watched a movie and wondered, “Hey, why is that one guy so much smaller than that other guy? Oh, wait, he’s on the horizon, that’s why.”
I saw Coraline in 3D. Good movie. And while the 3D was interesting for a bit, after a while it completely fades into the background. It becomes completely unnoticeable, almost invisible. The only way to appreciate 3D is to constantly be aware of it, and for me, that’s counter to the viewing experience. One should never have to be aware of the medium to appreciate it. 3D demands that the audience pay attention to the style of the presentation, not the presentation itself.
Sure, as a gimmick, it can be neat. But so what? Gimmicks are easy. Gimmicks don’t make good movies.
Recently, I saw HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. I deliberately chose not to see it in 3D because, just in case it isn’t clear by now, I find 3D to be ridiculous. The movie was thrilling, enjoyable, and wonderful. 3D wouldn’t have improved it in any way, any more than smell-o-vision would have.
I don’t really care if 3D is out there. Just as long as I have the 2D option. Really, options are great. If someone enjoys 3D good for them. But I’ll stick with 2D as long as I can.