June 22, 2010

Done With 3D

Went with my girls to see Toy Story 3 today.  It was fantastic, of course, but I think it was our last 3D movie.  I didn't realize when we snagged the tickets online that you could choose to see it in 3D or 2D and since we don't go to the theater often, were cool with ponying up for the 3D experience.

I realized a great movie will be just as good without the 3D stuff (as this one was) and a mediocre film isn't much improved by the effect.  I remember hearing a story once that the band Aerosmith would take a tape of an album they were working on and play it in a old, crappy car stereo figuring that if it sounded decent in there, it would sound good anywhere.  It's the same with movies.  If it needs 3D to sell tickets, then it's probably not very good.  Pixar movies are excellent in every way, even without some extra artificial "dimension."

Roger Ebert has thought about this much more than I have and I always recommend taking him into consideration.  This isn't about being against the new popular trend.  It's just an instance of noticing that the emperor needs some new threads.

Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too) by Roger Ebert