3D, or not 3D, that is the inevitable and incredibly tedious pun, which I simply couldn’t avoid. I apologise.
This modern age of 3D cinema is increasingly concerned with the idea of “immersive” technology, in order to bring the audience more closely involved with the characters and action, rather than the theme park ‘pointy, pointy’ technology, as film critic Mark Kermode calls it. Personally, I believe that this 3D movement is like getting toys at Christmas when you were young. You spend five minutes going, “Ooh, shiny!” and then ignore them for the rest of the day. Whilst watching Coraline in 3D, I nearly forgot the medium in which I was watching it in until the film ended and I discovered an acute pain in my right eye from the glasses.
Essentially, Coraline would have been a fantastic film regardless of its dimensions. The human imagination can immerse itself in a brilliant film of its own accord, and understand the depth of the storytelling without needing the same depth with the images. The re-release of films like A Nightmare Before Christmas and the Toy Story double bill raise the pertinent question: are they really any better? No. A film is either good or it isn’t, and the list of outstanding 2D films is endless, whereas 3D has brought us the likes of My Bloody Valentine 3D and Jonas Brothers: 3D Concert Experience, which I would consider unforgivable.
To a sceptical mind, the major introduction of 3D films is mainly due to financial reasoning. You may be aware of the murmurs of a recession and the tightening of belts in Hollywood led to last year’s writers’ strike. Cinema-goers are being forced to pay extra to see 3D films to cover the cost of implementing the technology into the theatres. It is also another method in the long fight against piracy. Many moviemakers are predicting that all movies will be in 3D in coming years, and if this is so, pirating any movies at all will prove exceedingly difficult.
3D films are a scam from the industry distributors in order to gain a larger profit. They also add very little, if anything at all, to the cinematic experience. I find it highly unlikely that I will ever meet anyone whose favourite film is in 3D. To quote Sam Mendes when asked if he would consider going 3D: “I have, it’s called the theatre”.