3D has become quite the hot button topic around the world, with many
viewing it as a scam and many saying that it's the best thing since
widescreen. There's no doubt that cinemas have enjoyed charging more
for tickets and making loads of money from the hits of 2009 and 2010,
but we have never been convinced that the general public is really
buying into 3D
. We suspect that 3D HDTV
sales will be a great sign of
the real 3D reaction, but until then, there's one critic we're paying
particular attention to: Roger Ebert.
That name alone means a lot to anyone familiar with film. His critiques
are valued above all others, and his words reverberate across the
industry. So when Roger penned a piece entitled "Why I Hate 3-D (And
You Should Too)," our ears perked up. A lot of what Roger says in the
rant mirrors our own feelings about 3D, and regardless of your stance,
it's a pretty insightful piece to read.
He says that he isn't opposed to having 3D as an option, but forcing it
to be "the only way" hurts film. Serious filmmakers cannot reasonably
make 3D versions of dramas and such, yet marketing companies are
demanding more and more 3D as a way to charge more for tickets and
bring home more bacon. All told, Roger details nine points as to why he
dislikes 3D, and we agree with at least portions of all of them.
Give it a look and think for yourself: are you happy wtih the 3D overload? Are you "so over it?"