3D Movies – The Current Trend – Overrated, Overdone and Overpriced

Having just watched another 3D movie on Monday I have to say it’ll probably be my last. I’m starting to find this trend of tacking ‘3D’ onto the end of a mediocre movie to sell more tickets…rather annoying.

At least they have the option for 2D and 3D, if I have the choice I’ll watch the movie in 2D or watch it at home later when it becomes available – like the latest Resident Evil movie which I watched in 2D. I remember there was a brief phase for 3D movies back in the 90’s I went to see Nightmare on Elm Street 6 (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare) in 3D. The 3D effects back then of course weren’t that advanced and quite basic, they mostly just used the gimmicky stuff flying out of the screen and didn’t really add much depth to the movie.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

But it was fun in those days with the flimsy paper 3D glasses, it was a gimmick then and it’s a gimmick now and honestly I hope it’s just a passing fad and it dies off again because too many shite films are getting attention just because they have a 3D version.

The tickets are more expensive, I’m sure the movie production is more expensive, the cinema setup is more expensive, the new generation of fancy 3D glasses are more expensive.

And the latest fad, woowoo, 3D televisions so you can have the 3D experience at home in your living room…not sure why you’d want to. The only reason I think it might be cool is because Playstation 3 is going to support 3D games – that might be neat. But I’m pretty sure however neat it is, it’ll also be extremely headache inducing.

3D Television

I can honestly say I did enjoy Avatar 3D and it didn’t give me a headache, but was a little uncomfortable and I’m pretty sure it would have been equally as good in 2D. I just wanted to see it in 3D as that was the movie that relaunched this whole 3D fad.

I hope it doesn’t last too long and the studios can focus on making GREAT original films (which there has been a distinct lack of this year). Let’s have less game/book/comic book spin-offs and get some real screenplays written.




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12 Responses to 3D Movies – The Current Trend – Overrated, Overdone and Overpriced

  1. suanie September 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    plus our eyes were not made for 3D. too much of it will spoil our eyes

  2. Dylan September 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    I can’t agree more.

  3. Tan Yee Hou September 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Actually I tried the 3D TV at harvey norman that day. It didn’t seem like it would induce a headache over the long run. Cons is that you need that stupid pair of glasses to use it.

    IMHO the 3D ad is damn pei.

  4. theeggyolks September 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    I’m not so into 3D actually..still prefer the good old 2D original films XD

  5. ahsiang September 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Human eyes are designed to be able to know the distant of object it sees, with 3D movie/TV, we are suppose to fools ours eyes/brain to think the flat screen is 3D. I will skip until they really can have 3D objects broadcasted. sigh!

  6. dogbone September 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    The prob with them directors going in with the ‘made for 3d’ mentality at the start of the production cycle is that they feel the need to insert sequences which are tailor made to pimp their 3d effects but otherwise contribute little to the overall experience. 3d oughta be the icing on the cake, not the cake itself. Produce something worth watching, THEN adapt to 3d imo!

    Cool the first time we saw it. Not so by the 50th. Don’t you just wish they’d invest more time and resources on bringing on better / more peeps to fill out their writing teams? What good is the flashiest of executions if your content is ass? 🙁

  7. eyeris September 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    There’s a big difference between movies that are made with 3D, and movies that are post-converted into 3D. the 3D movies like Clash of The Titans, Alice in Wonderland and even Up and Toy Story 3 sucked or were underwhelming becos they were made for 2D FIRST and then converted to 3D just to cash in on the post-Avatar 3D cash cow.

    that’s why in my reviews/stories I try to emphasise whether the 3D is worth paying the extra buck or not – in the case of Avatar, How To Train Your Dragon, Resident Evil 4, and even Owls of Gahoole; the 3D is infinitely better than the post-conversion ones.

    then again, some people just have an aversion to 3D, and can’t stand it no matter what. I guess you might be one of them. haha.

    I do agree that this 3D thing is becoming too much of a gimmick the studios play up to hide the fact that their movies has no story and therefore sucks (Cough step up cough 3D). So much that it’s become a real special event when a movie is NOT shown in 3D…

    and frankly speaking, without the 3D effects, Avatar SUCKED.

  8. KY September 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    for some reasons I’m kinda ok with 3D movies but can’t stand FPS games, but aren’t they supposed to be due to same or at least very similar reasons?

  9. ShaolinTiger September 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    suanie: Yup a testament to that being my 2 day headache after the owl movie.

    Tan Yee Hou: Haha yah, the glasses are very fragile too.

    theeggyolks: Yup give me a good quality 2D movie any day. Animations are ok in 3D tho.

    ahsiang: UK Sky TV is launching 3D channels soon.

    dogbone: Yah that’s the main problem all those stupid elements which are made for the 3D ‘wow’ effect but don’t really contribute anything to the movie.

    eyeris: Yup agree, the culprits are as you mentioned post-converted 3D movies. I still think live action movies are better in 2D and animations are ok in 3D. I was fine with Avatar, it was a visual spectacle. I think I was just tired when I watched the Owls and my eyes couldn’t stand it.

  10. Myhorng October 14, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    3D never give me any problem and i like em. :p

  11. ShaolinTiger October 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Myhorng: Good for you 😛

  12. GCharb November 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    Hello all!
    I agree here with those 2D turned 3D movies being scams, they are made in softwares like After Effects and the such and do not give a satisfying 3D experience. On the other hand, movies especially made in 3D are a welcome addition to the special effects used in Hollywood these days. 3D is a new technology, at least the new digital 3d, it will grow and become better with time, then we will ask ourselves how we managed without it! 🙂