Hollywood has recently been reaching back to remake and reboot anything that the rights are available to. Among the rediscovery of movies to reboot, they stumbled upon a rarely used form of moviemaking.
3-D films have been around since the 1950’s and were very popular in the 1980’s. Around the 1990’s IMAX began using 3-D in many of its theaters for features such as T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous. 3-D was also being used in many amusement parks worldwide such as in Disney and Universal Studios theme parks to enhance their rides. Other than that 3-D was limited in movie theaters around the world.
In 2003 James Cameron released Ghosts of the Abyss in IMAX theaters in 3-D using new HD cameras, not film, which Cameron built himself. This is the same camera system that was used in making Spy Kids 3D in 2003 and Sharkboy and Lava Girl in 2005. Yet still the use of 3-D wasn’t mainstream yet.
From 2005 on, there were random spurts of 3-D animated movies coming out. Movies like Chicken Little, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Monster House and The Ant Bully. The market for 3-D seemed to be high in only the children’s market. It wasn’t until 2007 that the market was brought to an adult audience with Beowolf. Then in 2009 films like My Bloody Valentine, Toy Story 1 and 2 and The Final Destination were released. These movies started to attract people to 3-D movies outside of the animated realm.
At the end of 2009 James Cameron released his film Avatar in 3-D and this is the film that I believe started the 3-D trend. The film earned $3,537,000 from midnight screenings alone, $27 million on opening day and $77 million over the weekend. It quickly became the highest grossing movie of all time and it seemingly put the dollar signs in other peoples eyes.
Over the course of this year twenty-four movies have been, or will be, released in 3-D. Many of these films being made and released in 3-D will not offer the choice between 3-D and standard format. Now with 2011 right around the corner there are so far thirty-one films set to be released in 3-D. Meaning that the majority of next years films are going to be in this format.
Now I’m not saying that I dislike ever movie in 3-D because I believe that some movies can be intresting in 3-D. In 2012 George Lucas plans on releasing all six Star Wars films in 3-D. As a Star Wars fan I am interested in seeing how the movies are in 3-D. But there are some movies that come out and I honestly don’t see any reason why there is a need for 3-D. At almost seventeen dollars a ticket I need to know that the movie is something that’s going to be different from the standard format. For instance the re-release of Titanic in 3-D makes no sense to me at all. Specifically because the only visually dynamic scenes of that movie are the final scenes of the ship sinking. Everything else is built around and strives off of dialog.
Recently I went with some friends to see the third installment of the Jackass series which was only offered in 3-D. While at first the element of 3-D was somewhat interesting I quickly became bored of the format but was unable to take off the glasses. After a while my eyes began to hurt and if I took of the glasses the screen was , at most times, a blurry mess. The 3-D element added to this was just one that I could have lived without. I had a similar experience with the re-release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D. While I understand that it wasn’t filmed to be in 3-D and they simply added 3-D to the original film i was unimpressed.
When 3-D first started to come into play I sat through a few movies in 3-D and realized that it wasn’t really for me. I enjoyed watching movies in the standard format and was unsure that movies in 3-D would even become popular. As time goes on it seems that they are slowly taking over as a standard format of movie and now are even moving into the home theater systems. With the release of 3-D Blu-Ray players and TV’s it seems that the 3-D movie is a format that people expect to stick around. Honestly though I don’t see why people would go out and spend up to five thousand dollars on a TV or Blu-Ray player in 3-D. Paying the almost seventeen dollar ticket price for a 3-D movie is already too much for me.
As of right now I am against the making of 3-D movies and hope that there are enough people out there who feel the same. I feel the format shouldn’t die out completely but that it should be taken more as a form of entertainment and not so much as a standard for movie making and for movie watching. So as if all the remakes and reboots weren’t enough now we have to see them in 3-D. So I say ok Hollywood here’s the plan, bring on the 4D. So when I see an action movie you can charge me $21.50 a ticket and just have someone beat the life out of me and call it a day.