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3D Cinema, is it worth it?

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With the re-release of The Lion King in 3D and more re-vamps of beloved films on their way, does this mean that the cinema experience is changing and what does that mean for our bank accounts. This means we are having to fork out for just a simple pair of ridiculous looking glasses?

3D cinema has come a long way from the red and blue glasses and the fuzzy picture associated with the genre. It has spread throughout all manner of genres, comedy to horror, drama to science fiction. Even an already successful film series jumped on the 3D bandwagon, seeing the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 joining the 3D club. Posing the question, is it really needed or is it just added as a gimmick to fit in with this new fad? In your opinion it may be the best thing that has happened to cinema, but costing £7.85 for a teen ticket and even with the discount on the Adult price, students still pay £8.25, it’s heavily overpriced for what you’re getting. I know I’m not going to bother at all, when there is an option to see the new blockbusters in 2D for a cheaper price.

On the flipside, one of the highest grossing films of all time was created solely in 3D and was designed to look visually stunning. Avatar did lack in any sort of substance or storyline but it was praised on how beautiful the imaginary world of Pandora looked. Or it just managed to trick more people into paying extra for the luxury of seeing a blue Sigourney Weaver on the big screen. In this instance, the addition of 3D worked, but to some films, it’s seen as more as a hindrance, resulting in more complaints and generally doing more harm than good. The Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland being a prime example, lowering the films reviews and not adding anything positive, because critics said the cast alone could carry the film well enough without the 3D element.

The general dislike of 3D has resulted in movie goers turning against the companies who are trying to change cinema. The invention of 2D Glasses, which convert what you’re watching back from 3D, by musician and video blogger Hank Green shows the opinion towards the genre in general and with thousands of them already sold, people really are not convinced by this change in their cinema experience.

Like myself, most people associate 3D cinema with 80’s horror sequels and films lacking any sort of story and prefer the traditional, two-dimensional cinema; over-priced popcorn, annoying people sat behind you who kick your chair throughout the movie and the sleepy feeling when the film has finished. They do not however, like spending hard earned cash on re-released films sporting a pair of ridiculous glasses. Change is inevitable and in most instances is embraced, but in the case of 3D cinema, is it really necessary?

By Emma Smith

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