In Newsweek this week, Roger Ebert admited that he hates 3-D (and thinks you should, too). Quite honestly, I am with him. Here are his succinct and brilliant points:
- IT’S THE WASTE OF A DIMENSION.
- IT ADDS NOTHING TO THE EXPERIENCE.
- IT CAN BE A DISTRACTION.
- IT CAN CREATE NAUSEA AND HEADACHES.
- HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT 3-D SEEMS A LITTLE DIM?
- THERE’S MONEY TO BE MADE IN SELLING NEW DIGITAL PROJECTORS.
- THEATERS SLAP ON A SURCHARGE OF $5 TO $7.50 FOR 3-D.
- I CANNOT IMAGINE A SERIOUS DRAMA, SUCH AS UP IN THE AIR OR THE HURT LOCKER, IN 3-D.
- WHENEVER HOLLYWOOD HAS FELT THREATENED, IT HAS TURNED TO TECHNOLOGY: SOUND, COLOR, WIDESCREEN, CINERAMA, 3-D, STEREOPHONIC SOUND, AND NOW 3-D AGAIN.
- IT BLOATS JAMES CAMERON’S SENSE OF SELF-WORTH
Allow this little junkie to make it a full ten:
Also, if you consider just the number of people that saw Avatar (shudder) alone, at least 42.1 million pairs of 3-D glasses were used. Sure they can be recycled or reused, but think of the ones that aren’t recycled or reused–I know I’ve seen a fair share of stomped Real-D glasses in theater parking lots. Think of all of the energy and pollution that goes into getting those annyoing things to your local cinema (or the cleaners it takes to sanitize them). I wonder what Mr. King of the World thinks about that…
In sum, 3-D is a rip off, so try not to fall for Big Studio’s shameless, greed-based bandwagoning and put an end to things before the tv networks get hungry, too (:: cough :: NBC/Chuck). I mean, didn’t we get over this ploy over half a century ago? Coming soon: Smell-O-Vision…