Monday, 17 June 2013



3D OR NOT 3D...

by L. J. Spence



As many people did, I was eagerly awaiting the release of the new Superman film, "Man of Steel," not least because I wanted to see how different an approach would be taken, especially when it was clear that the writer and director of the recent Batman trilogy were writing and producing here too.

My local cinema gave me the chance to see the film in 3D half an hour before the first showing in 2D. In taking this, I knew I had not seen a 3D film in a long time, the only two previous times were to see Pixar's "Up" and Martin Scorcese's "Hugo" upon their release. I also knew I would have the discomfort of wearing 3D glasses over my existing glasses, but my realising my dislike of 3D films had not been tested for a while meant that "Man of Steel" presented an opportunity.

Without spoiling the film, I can say that 3D will make the non-action scenes pop out at you that little bit more, like you expect it to do. However, did I think the 3D effect was good overall because the action was that bit greater, or was it so seamless that I eventually didn't see it was there, or was it the effect bad for that same reason?

Watching "Up" in 3D added nothing to the story, and "Hugo" is more notable for Martin Scorcese trying the process, in the same way that Alfred Hitchcock made "Dial M for Murder" in 1954, a film that arrived at the end of the first wave of 3D films before a gap until the 1980s.

It is a bit glib to say that you don't need 3D glasses in real life, but seeing that I just have, I will make the point anyway - we pick up many visual cues to make a three-dimensional picture in our heads, which will continue to happen when you close one eye. 3D will be merely an extravagant spectacle in film until something comes along that makes it indispensable - many thought that came with James Cameron's "Avatar" in 2009...

"Man of Steel" in 3D will make your eyes pop a bit, but you will not lose anything by watching it in "2D," and you will save a bit of money too.


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