Sunday, August 08, 2010

3D or not 3D

Hollywood has gone 3D mad. Ever since Avatar was made films have been reengineered to be 3D and others have been made from 3D at the outset. I suspect the joke doing the rounds at Comiccon “If you can’t make it good, make it 3-D.” may have an element of truth. Until yesterday I had never seen one.
Like many people reading this blog I have a lazy eye or amblyopia to give it it's correct name. Apparently a person with Amblyopia does not see in 3D. Now I think I do see in 3D but obviously I have never looked through somebody elses eyes so how would I know?
Thus I have a bit of a resistance to 3D movies. I feel a bit excluded from the club. Erin and I have had moany conversations about bloody 3D for several months now. To be honest, there have been very few films so far that I would have wanted to see. I tend to like films that were made for a shilling, with no special effects and preferably not in English. However that is not always the case. I would put the Star Wars films among my favourites and there is nothing Arty about them.
So Toy Story 3 has come out. I saw the first when my children were children and have enjoyed the previous 2 very much. I was very keen to finish the trilogy off. Here's the thing. There are only two cinemas locally I am prepared to frequent. The Arts Picture House in Cambridge and our local, volunteer run Saffron Screen. I knew that when it arrives at the latter it would be a matinee and I really did want to see it with mostly kids. The former meant donning the glasses. So with some trepidation I bought the tickets (plus a supplement for the glasses and another supplement for the priviledge of the 3D experience).
So it's a great film but to me it looked the same as any other film. But the good thing was it didn't make me feel sick or force me to shut one eye as I had feared. Trev said it was clever but the 3D didn't really add that much to it. So I shall be able to see the new Harry Potter in 3D safely and we have now purchased our glasses. Who knows how long and how far this will go as a trend. To be honest, I think Inception which was made in 2D was a much more cinematic film. You would be fine watching Toy Story 3 on DVD.


oreneta said...

Did you know that Hitchcock had a go at 3D too at one point? It seems to go in and out of fashion. Due to the family tendency towards the eyes, I talked to my doctor about it, she said to me that the easiest test was to put 3D glasses on kids and see if they respond, in museums and wherever you come across it. I advise my students the same.

Only upside may be early mass detection of lazy eyes amongst children...the only ones who don't rear back when the action approaches.

Helen said...

As another non 3D person they do nothing for me at all. When the kids were little having eye tests in hospital they test by asking if they can see a football or a fly coming out of a picture at them. The doctor asked if they were pointing to the right picture - and I said I had no idea!

The picture isn't blurry then? I wondered if they would be if you watched without glasses

Boo and Trev said...

Hitchcock and 3d is an interseting idea! The picture is blurry if you take the glasses off but fine with the glasses on. They showed a short pixar film at the beginning to get used to it and everyone was oohing and aahing. Very strange not to know what the fuss was about.

Mr K said...

dial m for murder was in 3d, it was a bit of a failure. As Mark Kermode says, the technology is nothing new- its just a way to get money.

I don't know if its sustainable, but a lot of cinemas have spent the money now, so theres going to be commercial pressure for block bluster to be in 3d. Toy story 3 was fine in 3d, and was the first I'd seen in 3d- it added a bit of depth but was mostly unnoticable.

katemcnabb said...

Well I'm in the squint club so feel similarly negative about the whole thing. REALLY want to watch Toy Story 3 though! Would you recommend Inception then?

Boo and Trev said...

Inception is amazing! You should really see it while it's at the cinema and make sure you don't need a wee in the middle of it. Trev and I are thinking of seeing it again when it comes to Saffron Screen (who are always a little behind everyone else)

sea dogs said...

If you want a laid back old fashioned movie. Look for Gunless, a canadian film spoof on westerns. watched it on a flight to Calgary and enjoyed it .about 1 and ahalf d