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The Dimensions of 3D Movies

Updated on September 10, 2011

It seems, as of late, that good movies are few and far between. Directors, writers and producers are churning out safe, cookie cutter flicks that wouldn’t necessarily be labeled as bad but rather, tired. The formulas will always remain the same but in the execution, piecing the puzzles together in a new and original way has led to one thing: 3D.

Nowadays, 3D isn’t the same experience as you remember. When a movie came out in 3D you got you flimsy viewing glasses that were paper and had one red lens and one blue. Things popped out at you on the screen causing you to jump. It may have even reminded you of your experiences at Disney World and the 4D ride experiences there.

Now, 3D is less cool effects and more dimensional. It’s a way to include the audience within the screen. The reality is, it’s a 2D move that’s literally deeper. But does that really enhance the story?

For me, not at all. I go into a movie, knowing it’s just a movie. I don’t need the characters to look fleshed out right in front of me because that’s not really what the movies are all about.

Cinema was created as an escape. A good movie should suck the audience in, start to finish. You shouldn’t be sitting there checking how much time has passed since it started. You should mindlessly be consuming the overpriced food and beverages the theaters provide and have a sense of pleasure by the time the credits role.

When you start adding gimmicks to the mix, there will definitely be a different experience. Whether it’s the jumpy 3D of the past or the somewhat disorienting 3D of the present, it’s hard to see where the future of cinema is headed. If you look at patterns of say, movie sales for home use, we can see some sort of pattern for what’s to come. It all started with the VCR and VHS. As technology advanced the public was introduced to the DVD. Soon new releases were available on both until finally DVD sales phased out those for VHS. Currently we’re seeing Blu Rays taking over the market and soon, DVD might also be a thing of the past.

If this is the logical progression for movie sales for the home, imagine the same formula for those that are premiering in theaters. The fact that a lot more movies are being offered both in 2D and 3D is a scary thing. I will loathe the day that movies are solely shot and distributed in 3D.

Your thoughts.

What is your preferred way of viewing movies?

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    • BrittanyDeMauro profile image

      BrittanyDeMauro 6 years ago from Hiding in SC but originally from NJ

      The glasses have come along way since the early days. They're trying to make them look trendier but really I miss the paper blue/red ones from childhood.

      Thanks for your feedback!

    • steffsings profile image

      steffsings 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Interesting commmentary, I agree with several of your points, especially the fact that a well developed movie does not need the flash of 3D. (and on a lighter note the glasses are unatractive, making 2D the way to go)