To set the stage, I am a moviegoer who wants the top level quality with best sound and best visuals. If I am going to the theater, I want to be blown away by these elements. 3D, when done properly, can certainly enhance some movies but in the end it is a gimmick, a way to make lots of money as quickly as possible until the public loses interest. The quality is subpar and for the most part the visuals are much clearer in a 2-D viewing
So why this hate of 3-D? Well, I am all for the choice to watch a film in 3-d or the standard 2-D format. Up to recently this had been relatively easy. Most films released were in both types of theaters. Now, a few days ago I went to go see Thor. My time to see this film was limited to a small window on Tuesday. I saw it with two people who have vision impairments and they cannot see the 3-D in these movies. That was coupled with the decision to see it in 2-D and the fact that people, including an actress from the movie, were stating that the 3-D added nothing to the movie. Okay – so now Rave Cinemas has three showings in one theater for the 2-D Thor – , and . You have got to be kidding me!!! Most theaters around here have 2-D Thor in one theater and at least 3 for the 3-D showing. Talk about supporting 3-D.
Beyond all the other issues with 3-D including the headaches, dizziness, inferior visuals and the fact that perhaps around 7% of all people cannot see the 3-D, this new style of movie viewing may be systematically being forced upon movie goers.
I really don’t expect theaters to do away with 3-D and hopefully 2-D sales will continue to do well. I really expected this fad to die this year but with more and more injection into homes, it would appear this fad is growing slightly. Could it be more than a fad, probably not. Until something is created that eliminates the glasses and has more true depth as opposed to a little trick to fool the eyes into thinking things are 3-D, this current fad will have the same fate as previous 3-D attempts in the 50’s and 80’s. Till then I continue to pick out a few films I may see in 3-D but the majority I will watch without that expensive trick.