Eating My Words in 3-D

Nearly a year ago, I wrote a post deriding the 3-D film fad. I had a particularly bad experience with Toy Story 3. I’m going to change my tune… slightly. Now, before I go any further, I have to make you understand something: I love Star Wars. I love all Star Wars. Yes, that’s right, I love Episode I: The Phantom Menace. But the purpose of this post is not to debate the merits of that film, so haters can shut up or go home. This post is about 3-D and the movie experience.

With that out of the way, you have likely guessed that I saw The Phantom Menace over the weekend. I took my whole family, and it was my daughters’ first time seeing a Star Wars film on the big screen. They had the same poor experience that I had with Toy Story, so they while they were excited to see the movie, they groaned when I told them it was in 3-D. I explained to them that I have heard very promising things about the quality of the film, and  though wary, they were willing to give it a shot.

I’m impressed. We had much better seats, but I think there had to be more to it than that. The picture quality was immeasurably better. There were only a couple times that I had problems focusing on the picture. None of us got a headache. There were even periods during which I forgot that I was watching a 3-D movie. It was cool from a technological point of view, and I enjoyed the 3-D effect academically.

However, I don’t feel that it improved the film. I didn’t leave feeling like it added to the experience. In fact, as good as it was, I still think it was more of a distraction than anything. It more often pulled me out of the story than it pulled me in. So, while I no longer consider 3-D films to be the abominations that I did previously, I will continue to see non-3-D versions whenever possible.

Except in a year from now, when Attack of the Clones is re-released. That I will see in 3-D, because I’m too big a fan not to.

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