3D movies look like they have passed the test of time, but how long will they really last?

I think, if I’m remembering correctly, Beowulf 3D was the first 3D movie I saw in theaters. That was back in 2007. Five years ago I went to see a movie I didn’t really have much interest in for a couple of reasons. For one I, much like nowadays, liked going to the movies to see any movie, doesn’t matter what it was. Another reason was this amazing idea that I never could have imagined before: 3D movies in movie theaters? That sounds like a pretty cool idea to me, right? Oh, and of course hot, half-naked, Angelina Jolie-monster, am I right..?

The point is: 5 years. Five years ago you could have told me you saw a 3D movie last weekend and, instead of the normal response I would give today (roll of the eyes of disapproval), I would not have believed you at all. I didn’t even think at that time we had the technology to be honest! Naive I know, but I guess it just seemed like a big thing to me. All my excitement and expectations built up to be more than little old Beowulf could ever hope to achieve in 2007. I entered the theater with no hope at all for the story, I was focused solely on this new 3D feature. The awkwardly large-rimmed 3D glasses were fine at first. A joke really, but if it’s necessary then it must be done. Then when we were sitting there watching the movie problem after problem arose for me. First there wasn’t enough 3Dness for me – nothing was popping out. Following this came the headaches I’ve come to expect with 3D movie experiences. I spend five minutes trying to watch the movie with the glasses on, then another five minutes trying to watch with them off; only to find out that watching without the glasses is pointless and is even worse for headaches. Naturally, this whole “3D thing” was not for me.

Fast forward 2 years later to December 2009. The release of Avatar: 3D, the highly anticipated and waited computer generated masterpiece by James Cameron. At least that’s what they say. My friends would like to call me a contrarian, and you can call it what you will, but I was never hyped about Avatar. The fact that it was also in 3D had no effect on me, except possibly a negative one. I put off seeing it until sometime in January I believe when a bunch of friends wanted to go see it. I finally caved and contributed to the box office earnings of this movie, when I quite frankly agree with the Pocahontas theory (Huffington Post). Second time around and my thoughts hadn’t changed. I went in with no expectations from the story (sorry Cameron) this time looking at both the 3D effect and the ‘superb’ visual effects I heard so much about when it first came out. I was unsatisfied once again. I didn’t enjoy the movie, the 3D or the length of the film. I do however, credit Cameron for the world he created, and the visual graphics.

So here we are, 2011. Have been, and forever will be, a huge Harry Potter fan. The release of The Deathly Hallows: Part II came around and, as always, I went to the midnight opening show. Amazing, I know, such a great movie. Then, a couple of weeks later I went to see it again with some friends. This time they suggested we catch it in 3D. My thoughts: okay, Beowulf and Avatar were both almost completely animated movies and the 3D on them were terrible, this is live actors; Do I really want to ruin my perfect image of HP by seeing it in the dreaded 3D?

But things went better than expected. I succumbed once more to my friends ever present peer pressure for this 3D trend. I went and watched a movie I had already seen (twice to be exact) beforehand, this time no matter what I thought of the 3D I was already going to enjoy the movie. I expected the headaches, the ons and offs with the glasses, but yet, it never came. Oddly, it seemed the 3D was just right that it didn’t bother my eyes or head. And even weirder, the minimal usage of the 3D was done just perfectly. It appears I wasn’t looking for more POP! I was looking for less, and more minimalistic use of the 3D effect. And Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II did that for me. It introduced me to a world where 3D isn’t completely a garbage idea that was like paying for someone to give me a migraine. Perhaps I could see how this could slowly get better and become part of standard.

But does this mean it’s actually here to stay? It’s been (I don’t know actually) like 5 years since this 3D phase has been going on with more and more movies joining the ranks of movies already releasing in 3D. Bigger movies were catching onto the trend as well, and I must admit, when I saw Harry Potter come out in 3D I might have died a little. Is this just something happened during this time, or will we continue to advance in using 3D in film making is as necessary as a story itself? I’m interested to see for sure, but as for me, I’m prone to believe it’s still nothing more than a fad soon to cease to exist!

Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think is going to happen with 3D.

The idea for this blog (surprisingly enough) came from a very random page jump on The Daily Post.

4 Responses to “3D movies look like they have passed the test of time, but how long will they really last?”
  1. jeffro517 says:

    I think that 3D films will depend on home entertainment trends. If the home 3D market takes off we’ll see a lot more 3D movies in theaters. We also need the major networks to go 3D. If this doesn’t happen the 3D movie trend will die the way that the Nintendo Wii has.

    • Tyler McCane says:

      Interesting. I wasn’t even contemplating the new 3D TVs that are gaining popularity, I was speaking strictly big screen. I don’t know how I feel about the switch to 3D TV, I don’t see it happening anytime soon though. Like you say: As is, only sports, some movies and some events are available for 3D TV programming. The only way for it to become a norm in entertainment standards is for more programming, which would mean, yes, the major networks would need to go 3D.

      Who knows? Maybe it’ll happen in the next three years. Who’s to say it’ll ever happen, I’m still skeptical it won’t end up being nothing more than a trend and a phase in the film industry a few years from now. I believe making the switch in television programming would be more difficult than for it to become a trend in cinema first.

  2. Felix Thurmer says:

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  3. Alfonso Christoph says:

    2012 was a phenomenal year for 3D movies, with the likes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Avengers Assemble and Brave all making a big impact on the box office. And the movie industry has certainly not fallen out of love with stereoscopic 3D yet, with plenty of great new releases coming our way. Here we take a look at some of the most exciting 3D movies you can look foward to in 2013, including full details and sneak-peek trailers. –

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