I was as wowed by “Avatar” as everyone else, but the one big problem I had with it was the 3-D. It really didn’t add much to the film for me. My imagination is good enough that I can immerse myself in a film without having to wear a pair of plastic glasses, thank you very much! It also made the colorful, lush CGI environments look dark and muddy. I had the same regrets after watching Pixar’s “Up” in 3-D — it sucked the visuals dry.
This is why I’ve sworn that I’ll never see another movie in 3-D. I just can’t do it. The whole thing is simply a gimmick to raise ticket prices while giving you a mediocre “experience” with muted, drowned-out colors and a merely passable 3-D effect. To me it’s a huge distraction from the film, so until they can do this without the need for glasses, I’m out.
Besides, once a movie like “Jackass 3-D” comes out, doesn’t that pretty much signal the end of the fad? The Consumerist seems to think so.
When the blue-skinned do-gooder hippies of Avatar were unleashed on movie screens last December, nearly three quarters of its opening weekend revenue came from people watching it in 3D. Since then, just about every major action or animated movie has been released in 3D, but often to diminishing results.