Daniel Engber, writing for The New Yorker:
But the secret of 3-D — its central irony, let’s say — is that
it isn’t any good for spectacle. Adding a dimension often serves
to shrink the objects on the screen, instead of giving them more
pomp; trees and mountains end up looking like pieces in a diorama;
people seem like puppets. Action, too, suffers in the format,
because rapid horizontal movements mess with the illusion and
fast-paced edits in 3-D tend to wear a viewer out.
I spoke about this on last week’s episode of The Talk Show, with Rene Ritchie. I find when I watch 3D movies in the theater, when I walk out, I can’t remember half of what happened. I like 3D in short doses, like on attractions at Disney World, but for feature films I find it ruins the whole experience.
See also: Legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch, explaining why “3D doesn’t work and never will” in a 2011 letter to Roger Ebert. (Previously linked here.)
★ Thursday, 4 June 2015