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why i hate 3-D

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Before I start, yes.  I saw Avatar.  The 3-D rocked the ceiling off, I know.

Generally speaking, however, I hate 3-D.  I have seen Up, Clash of the Titans, and Alice in Wonderland in the past year.  With the gross exception of Avatar, each one could have done without, and my pocket could have used the extra change.  Hence my number one reason:

  1. Too. Freaking. Expensive!  Two of the aforementioned films I saw in Tahiti, and movies in Tahiti are already ridiculously expensive (about 840 francs for a matinee only, which is about 10 US dollars).  3-D costs 1400 francs.  Roughly $16.  Seriously?
  2. It gives me a head ache.  I know, I sound like an old man but one can only take too many things flying at you arbitrarily.
  3. Have you been hearing about the germs being spread through re-usable glasses lately?
  4. For those that wear glasses on a daily basis – how fun is it to wear two pairs of glasses at once?  I normally sport contacts but sometimes I choose glasses for style or off-days.  I went to a 3-D movie with some friends on one such day.  Yeah.  Way comfortable.
  5. It distorts the color.
  6. It’s extremely distracting.  Why listen to what the characters are saying when I can look at the giant moon rock floating towards me!
  7. Limited genres.  Citizen Kane in 3-D? I think not.
  8. Except (of course) films such as Avatar – it’s extremely unnecessary, and detracts from the film experience.

Is this the new frontier?  It certainly seems like it.  As I stated earlier, I think it distracts from the creation.  Take Alice.  I saw this in French, and had a really difficult time understanding – there are too many words like “curiouser” and “Mad Hatter” for complete comprehension for someone with a limited vocabulary.  But I wanted to see it anyway despite some negative reviews.  (I’m always gung-ho for anything Tim Burton).  Unfortunately, I had an unpleasant experience.  I do not think Alice was a bad movie (though my opinion is seriously handicapped).  I do think and know, however, that i didn’t find what I was looking for: to be immersed in the world of Burton.  The 3-D was too distracting.  If 3-D prevents total escape then really.  What’s it doing here?  I never thought I would say I was more excited to see a movie on DVD than in the theater.

Again.  Avatar was the shiz.  But that was James Cameron’s plan from the beginning.  He is a brilliant cinematographer and everything was carefully planned according to his ideas using 3-D technology.  When it’s forced on movies as a last-minute decision they are motivated by box-office results only.  It works, to be sure.  But it’s terribly sad.  When the next Avatar comes along, I’ll check out the 3-D.  But forgive me if I prefer Toy Story 3 in 2-D.

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Written by laurenthejukebox17

June 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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  1. Totally agree, Clash of the Titans was so underwhelming because of the 3D. When they add it as an afterthought, it’s never good.

    CinemaObsessed.com

    June 16, 2010 at 4:38 am

  2. DEFINITELY agree. 3D is good for some things but… eh.

    And you liked Avatar? 😀

    Beth Black

    June 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm

  3. Overwhelming indeed.

    I did like Avatar, a lot. I saw that one in French too but the cinematography and colors were so amazing it didn’t matter. 🙂

    laurenthejukebox17

    June 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    • Lol. Didn’t think about what it’d be like in French… anyways, yeah, the colors and such were stunning. 🙂

      Beth Black

      June 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

  4. I’m 100% with you. Avatar’s was incredible, but aside from that I’ve seen a few 3D’s this year and have made the decision to see no more. It adds nothing to the film for me, and isn’t worth the upcharged ticket. I heard How To Train Your Dragon was also an impressive viewing, but even Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland lacked anything magical.

    Heather

    June 17, 2010 at 4:57 am

    • Thanks for your comment! Alice in Wonderland had so much potential but I think the 3D ruined much of it. Though as mentioned in my post, I do need to see it in English 🙂

      laurenthejukebox17

      June 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm


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