Saturday, June 19, 2010
3D is back, once more
and what's wrong with this picture? You'll notice there are no kids in the audience. 3D movies of the 50's were made to entice the movie paying audience back to the big screen. TV's were becoming popular and people were getting their visual entertainment at home on the little screen instead of shelling out a few quarters to watch a movie on the big screen. Such wonderful movies like "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" and other sci fi scripts that needed 3D to give us a thrill to watch (the scripts weren't doing it).
and now 3D is back - except for a few recent blockbusters, it's back for the kids. I saw Toy Story 3 in 3D and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. What I noticed in the theatre that night wearing my Buddy Holly 3D glasses, was that it was the adults doing the "ah- ah-ah's" and the "oh-oh-oh's" throughout the movie and the kids were just taking it in stride. Buzz and Woody in another adventure story would have been a good adventure story without 3D - it was just enhanced in 3D, fun & I actually forgot at times that I was watching it in 3D - it felt normal. And that is the difference from the 50's 3D movies to today's latest craze. Hollywood is actually using this throw-back technique to enhance the story lines instead of making the 3D technique the story line
3D movies didn't last long in the 50's -- most of the time you left the theatre with a headache and serious eye strain. But, I think 3D will be around longer this time around. We'll soon have performance movies in 3D and we can all become kids again, pop on our 3D glasses and go back to watching the movies on the big screen, instead of waiting for Netflix to deliver our small screen viewing pleasures.
When times are tough and rough - we have a tendency to grab something from our past (or any one's past) and remember how good times use to be and bring with it the feeling that things are Okay. We usually only remember the good times from the past and forget that things weren't always Okay then either. But, that's OK, too --- Mad Men gets it right, most of the time, and gives us a great example that some things are best left in the past. And that title will be used again, I'm sure, in the future when they bring back the era of the 21st century for our grand kids and great grand kids to wax nostalgic.
But, go see Toy Story 3 in 3D -- it's great!