Most reports indicate that filmgoers are of mixed feelings, at best, when it comes to 3D. High ticket prices, bulky, uncomfortable glasses, dim picture quality, and literal headaches have all been cited as reasons why 3D might just be a dead technology...again.
And for those of us that fail to understand the magic of 3D, Christopher Nolan is our champion.
The director of what is sure to be the summer's biggest hit, The Dark Knight Rises, bucked the trend of most superhero movies that hit the big screen this summer like The Avengers and The Amazing Spiderman. Viewers heading to the theaters this weekend to see the conclusion of Nolan's Batman revamp will only have the option to see the film in two dimensions.
IMAX is still a possibility, however.
Nolan's explanation is pretty simple. Who the hell really likes 3D anyways? Here's what he had to say in a recent interview:
The question of 3-D is a very straightforward one. I never meet anybody who actually likes the format, and it’s always a source of great concern to me when you’re charging a higher price for something that nobody seems to really say they have any great love for.
Good point, Mr. Nolan.
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert said it best in last year's essay "The Dying of the Light." He said:
"I began by asking if you notice, really notice, what a movie looks like. I have a feeling many people don't. They buy their ticket, they get their popcorn and they obediently watch what is shown to them. But at some level there is a difference. They feel it in their guts. The film should have a brightness, a crispness and sparkle that makes an impact. It should look like a movie! -- not a mediocre big-screen television.
When people don't have a good time at the movies, they're slower to come back. I can't tell you how many comments on my blog have informed me that the writers enjoy a "better picture" at home on their big-screen TVs with Blu-ray discs. This should not be true."
Hopefully, The Dark Knight Rises will prove that a blockbuster need not rely on gimmicks to succeed.
It's obvious where I stand on the whole 3D issue. 3D lovers, let me know what you love about the technology in the comments.