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Our New 3D Overlords

April 18, 2011 4 comments

James Cameron wants 3D technology everywhere, it seems—making the highest grossing film of all time be a 3D extravaganza just wasn’t enough. George Lucas is currently converting the Star Wars saga into 3D, starting with The Phantom Menace, which will hit theatres next year. And then there’s Peter Jackson, who is planning on shooting The Hobbit at 48 frames-per-second in order to make the 3D more immersive.

Where will all of this end?

I loved the 3D in Tangled, finding it incredibly effective; Tron: Legacy, too, made great use of 3D, particularly in an IMAX setting. I may be alone in this, but I found the post-conversion work on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland strangely satisfying in a trippy way, even if the film itself was an insult to Lewis Carroll’s legacy.

But I don’t want everything to be in 3D. Seeing Iron Man 2 in 2D was, frankly, a relief. Do I want Dexter to be in 3D, or Breaking Bad, or Burn Notice?

To borrow a phrase from the recently emasculated Cookie Monster, 3D is a “sometimes food”. Read more…