3D is a gimmick only in the hands of unimaginative or hack filmmakers (or studios who want to squeeze the last drop of revenue out of a title by applying it after the fact). When one sees something as expertly made as Hugo in 3D, the 2D version is just an adequate substitute but a different and, I think, a lesser experience.
Been following this thread closely. That was very well said.
I agree that, in the proper hands, 3D is outstanding technology
that really allows viewers to immerse themselves in the film
experience like never before.
I am rather saddened that Paramount didn't do the right thing
here and offer a 3D release of this film. I would really like to
see the floodgates open on classic 3D fare -- especially since
I have not had the opportunity to experience what audiences
did back in that era. I am very curious about these films, as
I suspect most of the public is who have recently brought this
technology into their homes.