Feb 14 2010, 1:00am
3D...sigh. Personally, it's not for me at all, and I would really like for The Hobbit to stay far away from it. Now, this is my personal opinion, I'm not going to try and say that my point of view is the right one, or that those who ebjoy the format are wrong in some way. I just have some issues with the "technology" that ultimately lead me to have no interest in 3D.
I have seen sevral movies in 3D. All three times I experienced Nausea, eye strain and an overall discomfort wearing the 3D glasses...especially on top of the glasses that I already wear. It was the same after seeing Nightmare Before Christmas, Beowulf, and even Avatar. Amy "immersive" sensation was replaced by discomfort. Overall, not an enjoyable experience. Alsoi after seeing Avatar in 2D, then seeing in in 3D, I thought the movie looked blurry in places and darker than the digital 2D version of the film. My opinion (again, not saying it's the only one that matters) the digital theater experience is far more satifying and enjoying....and thats before considering the above mentioned discomfort.
So... we get to the issue of choice. If there was a gaurantee that there would always be a choice in seeing these moveis in 2D or 3D, then it really wouldn't be that big of a deal. But that is something that is already begining to be a problem. For example, ther are 3 theaters that are in close proximity to me. The main one, the theater I go to 90% of the time showed Avatar on 5 screens it opening weekend. 4 of these screens showed the movie in 3D, 1 showed it in 2D...4 showtimes all day. Now I'll admit I'm not entirely sure how long they continued having their 4 showtimes of 2D Avatar, but I can tell you that they have had no 2D showings in well over a month. The other two "nearby" theaters both showed the movie on two screens and only showed it in 3D. Now in concerns to this trend and to the film version of The Hobbit, a movie at least two years from release, that doesn't bode well for those of us who want 2D. The choice is being takne out of our hands, and that is directly because of money. They can and will and do charge more for films in 3D. The theater I often go to charges $4.50 more per film, bringing the cost for one ticket to one show, $14.00. And that is what theaters and studios care about the most. That is why after the numbers started to roll in for Avatar, then the decision was made to turn Clash of the Titans and Harry Potter into 3D movies. Retrofit them so to say. And that really bothers me, because they know (and will) charge more to see these films. These are not films "made for" the 3D experience like Avatar and the upcoming Alice in Wonderland...they were turned this way because of money, trend and gimmick...yes I will use the word gimmick in concerns to converting films to 3D rather than shooting them in 3D. That, I feel, is a gimmick to get people to spend the extra money. Another misguided solution to combat pirating. Because you can't pirate 3D (yet), so people have to come to the theater to get the 3D experience. But, I believe that it may promote pirating because people don't want to pay that much and/or don't want to see it in 3D.
I have believe in GdT and PJ and the design/production team behind The Hobbit films. I believe that they are insanely talented and creative people, and for these films to be a success, they have to be able to share the vision that they have and want to put on the big screen. I do not think that adding a "3rd dimension" is something that is necessary for this project. Even though there is gonna be tons of FX and creatures and fighting and spectacular settings and is a fantasy story (which seem to be the kinds of movies that "have" to be in 3D now), I thinks it's the equivalent of putting the Godfather or the like in 3D...because to me the LotR films and ultimatley The Hobbit films are more then just "theater experiences". They are bigger and more prestigious than that.
Again, all of this is just my opinion, I think this is an extremely subjective subject. I don't think that there is a right or wrong, just preferences and feelings and emotions. Hell, I just love it when people are emotional about films in any way! My personal view on this whole subject is that movies and going to the theater to see them is my favorite thing to do and is my number one interest and I'm very passionate about that and I don't want my hobby to become somethin that I no longer enjoy. That is all.
TORn member formally known as ryan1976.