3D movies Hollywood’s latest expensive trend


by Alex Mowatt-Larsen
Eagle Editorial Board

The past couple years have seen a change in movies. I did not really notice how big it was until I saw that almost every movie could now be seen in 3D. The first time I saw one I was not too impressed. Unlike 3D movies you used to see in the IMAX theaters when things would fly out at you, these new movies were disappointing.

It was definitely a clearer picture and the 3D looked good after you got adjusted to its different feel, but is it really worth paying almost $15 for it? I do not think so. Other people seem to agree, as the success of this new 3D phase in Hollywood is on the decline since no one wants to spend the money in places like Manhattan, NY, where a 3D movie ticket is almost $20.       

There are some films where 3D is worth the money, for example concerts that are released in theaters in 3D such as “Lord of the Dance” and “Glee”, where you feel like you are there on stage. Other movies that are a good deal for 3D prices are movies like “Avatar”, because it combined good special effects with an interesting plot, even if it was a ridiculously long movie.

The near future should determine the fate of 3D. Directors in the league of Steven Spielberg have decided to give a shot at 3D in the near future, so combined with the thirty 3D films being released in 2012, it will be obvious after the success or failure of those movies whether 3D has really caught on.

A point to argue though is whether a 3D movie’s success is because of it’s special effects that are enhanced by 3D, or just being a really good movie no matter if it is in 3D or on your TV at home. The new Harry Potter movie that came out this past summer was one of the most successful of all time, but only 49% of the people who saw it did so in 3D. I did not because it is almost distracting for me to watch movies that are not specifically made for 3D. 

So was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” successful because of its story that has captivated audiences for over a decade, or was it because of the cost of movies? It is hard to tell, because many movies with not as great plots as ones in the past are ranking higher on the chart due to the inflation of ticket prices and the crazy cost of seeing a movie in 3D.

I am not going to lie; I do not think 3D will last too much longer because of a reason as simple as the rising costs of just seeing any movie at the theater. But if you are a fan of 3D movies and are willing to spend the money, unlike me, there might be a couple of movies coming out in 3D that you might want to see, such as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” both coming out in 2012.