Friday, July 22, 2011

3D or Not 3D: Here's My Answer

A recent article Michael Stroud released through Reuters discusses the state of 3D and how it is being viewed, or not viewed, by the movie-going public. I've had ongoing discussions with folks on message boards and at the local game store and have come to my own conclusion.  Remember, I'm a guy who likes to see the big movies on the big screen, and most times I will shell out for 3D or whatever enhanced production work has been done (more frames per this, better sound for that, etc.). Beowulf (2007) impressed me and made me a disciple.   Avatar (2009) impressed me and made me a evangelist.  Some movies that followed shook my faith.  Then Alice in Wonderland (2010) turned me back around on the subject toward liking the extras.  Now it seems I have, again, seen a string of movies where I simply am not getting any real bang for the extra buck, other than the opening credits of X-Men: First Class (2011).  So, I am swearing it off for any aftermarket treatments or half-measured enhancements unless the full movie is filmed in 3D.  Today I saw Capatin America: The First Avenger (2011).  It was very enjoyable and I liked it best of The Avengers (2012) lead-in movies I've seen so far.  But I saw it the regular way, at the $5 show, and it was just fine as is.  If I had paid an extra three or four bucks, I am sure I still would have enjoyed it but I am also sure that the extra oomph would not have been warranted by the extra expense.  As near as I can tell, the next time I'll likely pay the extra fare will be for the latest remake of The Three Musketeers (2011) this coming autumn.

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