Posted January 14 2013 - 12:05 PM
What Ifind interesting about all this is that IMAX is just as much a gimmick as 3D, and in fact many of the complaints against 3D can be leveled at IMAX as well, and yet there isn't this groundswell of hatred for IMAX. Why is that? Seriously, consider the following: IMAX has been used for fiction movies for roughly as long as the current spat of 3D and yet, it's not used for dramas. It, like 3D, has been "stuck in a genre film ghetto" comprising of action movies, superhero movies, animated films, and sci-fi/fantasy. You can no more see Les Miz the IMAX movie than you can Les Miz the 3D movie. Ironically, Les Miz might have actually worked for both, but that's beside the point.The point is, neither was used. And at least there have been a couple of dramas like HUGO and the upcoming THE GREAT GATSBY in 3D. There have been zero dramas in IMAX--as one poster put it--A DECADE IN!!! Plenty of people can't watch IMAX movies either as it tends to make them sick or cause vertigo. I myself have an issue with IMAX. Unless it's underwater, I can't watch it. Oh, and those various flying through the air shots designed to put the audience in the movie? Just as awkward and pointless as many 3D effect shots. But yes, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is as much a gimmick film as HUGO. Just different gimmicks. And there's nothing to be ashamed of there, either. HOW THE WEST WAS WON is a gimmick movie, too. So was THE ARTIST for that matter. So sometimes, gimmick movies can be pretty good, too. And that is one thing about this current run of 3D movies. There's been some undeniably good ones in this run, including a few that would give the best of the 1950s films a run for the money (sorry, Bob). There's also been some good directors putting them out like Martin Scorcese (who, as I think of it may have made the best 3D movie of all time), Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, and James Cameron. If you're fine with IMAX, that's cool. Just realize that you're fine with a gimmick, the very thing you're arguing against with 3D.
Viewing a 3D movie in 2D is kinda like viewing a Scope movie in Pan and Scan.