Posted by: ckckred | October 6, 2013

What Do You Think About 3-D?


With the release of Alfonso Cuaron’s highly anticipated Gravity this weekend, I thought it’d be appropriate to ask what do you think of the 3D craze that’s been on Hollywood’s mind since Avatar?

I’ve said this before, but 3-D does not impress me.  For me, it’s as much as a gimmick as when it first came out.  The sight of seeing something popping out of a screen hurts the dimensionality of the film, not to mention it’s only about entertaining for a few minutes.  3-D also darkens the image and the glasses strain your eyes, and it’s mostly used my theaters to charge a few extra bucks to already high priced tickets.

That being said, I’ve been really impressed by two movies that have used 3-D:  Hugo and Life of Pi, both of which utilize the style for storytelling purposes as well as visual amazement (though both have strong directors, Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee respectively, heading them).  I’m sure Cuaron will deliver with Gravity and I will be seeing the 3-D screening.

But what do you think?




  1. I support 3D because as you said it can actually be used effectively for storytelling purposes. It’s like any technology; it can either be cheap and gimmicky, or used intelligently, depending upon who the filmmaker is.

    • Yeah, I agree. I’ve liked 3-D before, but it mostly strikes me as a cheap gimmick that hurts a film.

  2. I haven’t seen a 3D movie since Avatar. I remember going to our theater for Chicken Little in 3D, only one of 100 in the country with the necessary equipment; I still have the glasses. I can handle 3D just fine but don’t want to pay extra. I’ll probably watch Gravity in 3D and then again in 2D for comparison.

    • Thanks for the comment. I’ve only watched a couple of movies in 3-D, mostly because I don’t want to pay extra for the ticket.

      • I kept the glasses after every movie instead of recycling them. Wouldn’t it make sense to have some sort of discount if you bring your own glasses?

  3. I think it depends on the kind of film you’re watching.

    • Thanks for the comment. Nice statement, there’s a big difference between Hugo and The Last Airbender.

  4. In general, I only like 3-D when it’s truly used to enhance the film. Gravity made very good use of it. I’ve also enjoyed a number of the 3-D re-releases of older films, where the technology is used in a more subtle way. Most of the time it just seems like a gimmick to me, but it depends on the film and the filmmaker’s intentions in making use of the technology.

    • Nice point. Hitchcock used 3-D really well in Dial M for Murder where it’s much more poignant compared to other films, but like you said it’s mostly a gimmick and distraction.

  5. For the most part, if used correctly, I respect 3D as a story-telling tool. As for reality however, it doesn’t work for me. At least 90 percent of the time I don’t feel it adds anything. That being said, Gravity definitely needs 3D and IMAX.

    • Thanks for the comment. Nice point, 3D can be used to add to the film, but I feel it’s almost never used that way. I will see Gravity in 3D since I’m 100% positive Cuaron will use it properly.

  6. I think 3-D can be a great tool in cinema but it needs to be used responsibly. The trouble is we get so many movies in which it’s used as a gimmick i.e. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. 3-D can be a beautiful thing if it’s used to create a sense of depth which is what I imagine Gravity does. I can’t wait to see it in 3-D IMAX when it comes out here in the UK!

    • Thanks for the comment. 3-D can be used well but like you said it’s mostly a gimmick. Can’t wait to see Gravity, I was hoping to watch it this weekend but will probably see it the Friday.

  7. I cannot stand 3D in movies. I wear glasses, and having to wear glasses over glasses is extremely obnoxious (and doesn’t work very well). Additionally, the horizontal tearing that I ALWAYS see when the camera pans quickly drives me up the wall. Most movies just add it in with a few gimmicks because they think it is the “hot” thing right now. They keep trying to resurrect 3D (they tried it in the 1950s, 1980s, and 1990s to various degrees) and it keeps failing because the bottom line is most movies don’t do it right, most movies don’t need it, and the glasses are a pain in the @**

    I hate it and wish they would give up on it again, and it would go away.

    • Nice point, I agree. The glasses are particularly annoying and seeing how 3-D is becoming less and less popular I wouldn’t be surprised if it disappears within the next few years.

  8. Unless its in IMAX I think its pretty useless 😀

    • Nice point. I saw Prometheus in Imax 3D and it was well worth the price, even though the movie was a huge disappointment for myself.

  9. I’ve given 3D several chances, and each and every single time the 3D has distracted me from fully taking in and being able to really appreciate the film itself. I’ve heard good things about Gravity’s 3D, so I’m tempted to give it one more shot, but that remains to be seen (besides which, even without the 3D, Gravity was a tremendous movie anyways).

    • Nice point. I’ve liked 3-D a few times, but mostly it’s been a distraction. Still got to see Gravity.

  10. Normally I hate 3D, but Gravity is a notable exception. (Avatar, Hugo, Life of Pi are others)

    • Nice point. Glad to hear that about Gravity, can’t wait to check it out.

  11. I think Gravity utilized 3D very well, I mean I blinked quite a few times, because I felt like I was being bombarded by chunks of metal. Made the experiance interesting. A lot of other films that used 3D, it often seems to dissapear after the first five minutes, and successfully grab your extra money.

    • Nice point. I like when 3-D is used like that to turn the movie into experience. Hugo and Life of Pi really utilized that well.

      • ahhh nice. I sure missed out it seems D; Is Hugo worth watching? I never saw it

  12. I think that 3D is great when utelised correctly, though so many things are just chucking 3D out there nowadays. I really liked it for Toy Story 3, for example. But there are a lot of times it is unnecessary.

    • Nice point, I agree. It mostly is unnecessary.

      • Great content though, I liked the question. It is something people will be debating for many years to come.

  13. Occasionally it is used effectively, Life of Pi for example, but too often it’s terrible, particularly if it’s not filmed in 3D and is retrofitted. There’s also the light loss issue, which is annoying. As a rule, however, I would rather watch a film in 2D if I had the choice.

    • Nice point. The light loss is probably the worst part of 3D, it really hurts the image.

  14. Not a fan of it at all and have to say it adds nothing to the movie for me. I will check out Gravity in 3D, but that’s only because there simply aren’t any 2D screenings of it over here.

    • I agree, it typically adds nothing for the movie. I’m hoping to catch Gravity on Imax 3D since I’ve heard it’s a spectacle to watch.

  15. I tend to avoid 3D films. Like you I feel it is a gimmick and a grab for more money, but also it is annoying to put the 3d glasses over my regular glasses.

    That being said, if a movie gets rave reviews not only because of story but also because of its 3D, then I will opt to watch it in 3D. I did this with “Hugo” and loved it, and I plan to do it with “Gravity”.

    • Glad to see you agree. 3D usually adds nothing. Even the movies in 3D I loved like Hugo and Life of Pi I was a bit skeptical beforehand.

  16. I could do without 3D. Occasionally a film is enhanced with it, but most of them use it as a cheap gimmick.

    • I agree, it can be used well but it mostly strikes me as just a distraction.

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