2D World

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.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted April 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    3D belongs in two things and two things ONLY. Video games and cheesy B-Movies.

  2. Posted April 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I like 3d. It’s fun, and gives me an excuse to actually GO to the movies. Otherwise, I’d just wait for everything to come out so I could watch it at home in my jammies.

  3. Posted April 3, 2010 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    I think there are only a few good 3-D movies out there and the rest of them look more like pop-up books than anything else.
    A good 3-D movie is supposed to make you feel like dodging a bullet for example, or grabbing stuff that comes out of the screen. Those are extremely hard to find.

  4. Rippley
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m not concerned with 2D or 3D movies. Everything should be converted from pictures to Kinetic Typography. Kinetic Typography is the future of entertainment in my eyes. Next time you are browsing youtube search> Kinetic Typography Psychiatric. It’s fun and cool simultaneously. In fact, browse through as many Kinetic Typography videos as you can.

    p.s. Now, I wish I could see one of Alex’s short stories in Kinetic Typographical format (hint, hint).

  5. Posted April 4, 2010 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I totally agree! 3D is a novelty fad! In the ’50s and ’60s it was just something they tried to get people to see crappy movies. Watch “Matinee” with John Goodman and you’ll see what I mean. They even tried it again in the ’80s, remember “Friday the 13th 3D” (yeah, me neither) and lets not forget the atrocity that is “Jaws 3D”, WOW! The only 3D movie that was even meant for 3D was “Avatar” but it was shot with that new James Cameron made 3D camea so it was meant to be seen that way anyway. Anyway, I could do without it, the old 3D (red and blue) never worked on me anyway and the new 3D gives me a headache, lol!

  6. Posted April 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    See, I thought the 3D for Avatar was well executed because it faded into the background and became a part of the movie. They didn’t do too many obvious 3D things like having things flying at the screen.

    Now, what made me laugh the other day was the trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil movie, in which the big selling point in the trailer was the use of Cameron’s 3D camera system. Seriously, if the best you can do is try to sell me on the technology of the movie, I can’t honestly think the movie itself will be any good at all. And the trailer showed numerous “objects flying at the camera” scenes. I hate those. I really do. Unless I’m at Disney World watching one of their 4D mini shows, I don’t want things flying at the screen. It takes me out of the story.

  7. Zovesta
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    I watched HTTYD in 3D simply because my sister and I were going to see the 2D at 9:30 PM, but because of construction, it wouldn’t be shown. So we had to screw around for an hour. The 3D really does fade for awhile…you just don’t notice it.

    I have to agree with you. It just tries too hard to be new and flashy. It looks tacky.

  8. Posted June 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    it is really exciting to watch 3d movies. i hope that there would be 3d sexy movies too..”

  9. Posted August 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    3d movies are so cool, i just wish that we could watch 3d movies on TV~.`

  10. Posted October 6, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    3d movies are hard to come by but they are the coolest~”;

  11. Posted December 4, 2010 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    of course 3d movies are cool too watch that is why we are developing 3d tvs today ,-`

  12. Posted January 25, 2011 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    ‘,. I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives great information `~.

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