TO 3D OR NOT TO 3D
We're five years into Marvel's massive onscreen cinematic universe, and on to our fifth Marvel Studios movie to be presented in 3D. So far, the track record hasn't been great-- we gave both Thor's and Iron Man 3's 3D a weak 20/35, while handing Captain America: The First Avenger an acceptable 28/35.
Since at premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late August, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity has become the most buzzed about movie in the industry. Critics, including our own Katey Rich and Sean O’Connell have praised its stunning cinematography, awesome performances, and amazing direction. But how does the 3D stack up amongst the film’s laundry list of positive attributes?
Originally intended to go straight to DVD, Disney's Cars spinoff Planes seems like anything but a natural fit for 3D. But, for better or for worse, the studio has committed to releasing all of their films in the 3D format, and this weekend parents of the young kids who can't get enough of Cars will be heading to theaters and asking themselves, "Wait, do I really need to pay extra to get 3D glasses for a four-year-old?"
At this point it's a surprise when a superhero movie isn't in 3D, so no one should act shocked that James Mangold's The Wolverine is coming to theaters this Friday and trying to get you to pay extra to watch it through those plastic 3D glasses. And hey, Hugh Jackman is back, and haven't you always wanted to see those adamantium claws in the third dimension? But as we well know by now, not all 3D is created equal. Is The Wolverine worth your cash?
This weekend has a crowded release schedule with James Wan’s lauded latest The Conjuring facing off against DreamWorks snail-racing adventure Turbo, the star-stuffed Red 2, and the bonkers action-comedy R.I.P.D. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, this high concept venture follows an odd couple of dead cops charged with hunting down runaway souls, as is their duty in the Rest in Peace Department.
Giant robots vs. giant monsters. That's how Guillermo del Toro has been selling his sci-fi epic Pacific Rim since it was first announced, and that's surely the logic that went into putting it in 3D. When you're paying to see giant things smash each other, why wouldn't you pay for the extra dimension? But not all giant robots are created alike, and not all films that seem perfect for 3D at first actually wind up making the most of it. So which is Pacific Rim?
During this weekend’s July 4th holiday the big 3D release is Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio’s Despicable Me 2. The first movie came out in the headwear-required format when it was released back in 2010, but is its sequel worth paying a few extra dollars to see with an added dimension? Read on to find out!
Pixar has been releasing all of their films in 3D for the last few years, and nearly every time they do it perfectly. But hey, every streak must come to an end (how else can you explain Cars 2)? So even though Monsters University is earning positive reviews in advance of its release this weekend, it's still fair to ask: is the extra cost for the 3D ticket worth it?
Is that extra cost for the 3D worth it? That's what we're here to answer in the latest installment of To 3D or not to 3D, in which we break down World War Z's 3D effects into individual parts and help you decide which ticket to buy. Before you head to the movies this weekend, check out our guide, and vote in the poll to let us know how you to decide to see it.
When Richard Donner's Superman was released in 1978, the posters and trailers promised the movie would make you believe a man could fly. 35 years later, audiences need a little more convincing-- so can 3D do the trick? With Man of Steel opening this weekend, we're getting our first chance to see Superman take to the sky in glorious 3D-- but is that extra dimension really going to make the difference on whether or not you enjoy the movie?
The next 3D feature we have this season is Epic, an animated adventure from Ice Age director Chris Wedge that hopes to plunge audience members into a miniaturized forest setting. In the past, 3D and animation have gone hand-in-hand. Is that the case with Epic? Let’s put our glasses on and explore.
Unbelievably, J.J. Abrams' first Star Trek opened before Avatar, in a time when not every summer blockbuster was expected to come out in 3D, and before movies were put through the post-conversion wringer to cash in. Four years later things are surprisingly different, and Star Trek Into Darkness has succumbed to the spirit of the times, arriving with post-converted 3D and a whole lot of ads trumpeting the 3D experience. But is it worth it?
How is it possible that The Great Gatsby is Baz Luhrmann's first 3D film? The Australian director has defined excess with Moulin Rouge! and showed his willingness to play around with classics in Romeo + Juliet; he seems like exactly the guy who would embrace the new technology of 3D to make something new out of a familiar story, and now he's done exactly that with The Great Gatsby. If you're going to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel and put hip-hop and Lana del Rey on the soundtrack, why not put it in 3D too?
The first time we met Iron Man, back in 2008, he wasn't in 3D, and he didn't even glom on to the gimmick in his second movie. So why does he have to be in 3D now? A whole lot has changed in blockbuster movies in the last five years, including the fact that it's pretty much inevitable you'll have to don glasses to catch up with the summer's biggest movies (mine were novelty glasses in Iron Man's signature red and gold, at least). But is it worth the extra cost to see the extra dimension?
I still have vivid memories of seeing this movie in theaters when I was a kid. That's why I went to see Jurassic Park at a revival screening last fall, to see it if held up on the big screen 20 years later. It absolutely did, proving still frightening, fun and deeply satisfying. Having watched the T-rex scenes and horrifying raptor sequences in its original 2D, made me freshly intrigued for what 3D could add to this stupendous viewing experience. So, when I went to see Jurassic Park 3D for this column, I paid attention solely to how 3D was employed.
Your G.I. Joe Saturday morning cartoons were never in 3D, and neither were the comic books. So why does a movie based on them have to be? Well, the short answer is "because it's a big blockbuster, and nearly all of them in 3D these days," but you probably knew that already
Now Disney is back with Oz the Great and Powerful, which is kind of like a spiritual sequel to Alice-- a 3D movie set in a familiar fantasy world that seems to demand to be seen on the big screen. Given how far 3D technology has come in the last three years, Oz seems to be offering an even better experience than Alice, especially with the playful Sam Raimi-- who never misses an opportunity to make the audience jump in their seats-- behind the camera
Every time a remotely expensive fantasy movie comes to theaters, the studios seem to promise that the movie "must" be experienced in the 3D. But we've all been burned enough by crappy 3D transfers and flat scenes to know better. When is a big fantasy movie-- or any 3D movie, really?-- worth the ticket price?
After a lengthy delay (the movie first was expected in theaters in March 2012), Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel and Gretel 3D played IMAX screens starting this past weekend. (It actually won the box office with an estimated $19 million.) Word of mouth might have you wondering if the horror/fairy-tale hybrid is worth the price of the extra 3D ticket. Fair question. Here’s what we discovered
Whether you're looking to revisit the movie you loved as a child, or are planning to introduce to kids of your own to these kooky creatures, Monsters Inc. is certain to please. But is it worth the extra money for the 3D ticket? We break it down.