The Lorax

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Sadly, although I went to a 3D showing, our theatre botched the 3D for the majority of the film and only fixed it near the end, so I can't comment on the visuals, only the story and the music.  Considering Illumination Entertainment seemed to go out of their way to make the 3D effects actually worth watching, it's kind of disappointing.

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Hmm, now I'm wondering if I shoud've gone to the 3D showing.

For me the issue is more that they put the place for the wheelchair seats right at the front--about four rows back from the screen itself--and there's been a few times where my theatre-going experience was not-so-great as a result.

I actually remember watching Fellowship of the Ring in one of these theatres where I was right down at the front. They were doing the sweeping pans over New Zealand, (I mean Middle Earth), and I kept thinking... "Wow, this is so great! Oh, I feel nauseous... wow, so great... uggghhhhh..."

These days if I have the option to see a movie at the cheapy theatre--where the wheelchair seats are at the back--I'll take it. That's where I caught Lorax so no 3D for me.

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I don't know, I once had trouble seeing the 3-D effects at the theatre here when I sat near the front, but a relocation to the back helped.  It may depend on the theatre.

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Alas, being in a wheelchair myself means my seating options are limited to where the designated wheelchair seats are. Every single theatre I've been to that has the 3D projectors also has the wheelchair seat slots right down at the front. :P

But I do think the 3D is getting better... or I'm getting used to it.


Btw, did anyone see Beauty and the Beast when Disney re-released it in 3D?

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Well, studios are doing more with the 3-D effects now, trying their best to make it worthwhile.  I feel it's still a gimmick that is mostly used to increase ticket prices, especially when the 3-D doesn't really do anything, like with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  At least there's more potential for animated films to use 3-D.  I noticed that movies like Alpha and Omega, The Lorax, and The Owls of Ga'Hoole tried to incorporate 3-D effects that were more than just an increase in the perception of depth.  3-D is supposed to jump out towards you, not pull away from you.

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"3-D is supposed to jump out towards you, not pull away from you."

I'll respectably state that cw and me are on entirely diametrically opposite sides with regards to that statement.

The moment it pushes something through the screen, I feel like the film is trying to run my immersion through the dirt, reminding me that I'm in a movie theatre and ruining my suspension of disbelief.

"just an increase in the perception of depth"

Is precisely what I want in my 3D film experience.

Incidently, The Lorax is playing my neck of the world in late July, so I've got a bit of a wait.

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I try to avoid 3D as much as possible, although I'll admit, I enjoyed Coraline's usage of it.

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My problem with 3-D is it doesn't really add anything to the movie if it's not jumping out at you.  Okay, so the background is moving behind the foreground as it would in real life.  Why would I pay extra to get nothing out of the movie that I couldn't get from it being 2-D?

And even if it is jumping out at you, what does that really add to the movie?  Oh look, the bouncing ball is coming at me and might land in my popcorn... oh goodie, it didn't.  Huh.  Anyway, the only 3-D film I've seen that I actually thought did the medium justice was Mickey's Philharmagic, located in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  I especially love the part where Donald is mere inches away from you, trying to grab onto anything to keep from being sucked away.  I guess that kind of experience wouldn't carry over well to a regular theatre anyway, in a movie that'll get a 2-D DVD and Blu-Ray release after a few months.

The presence of 3-D in movies is getting better, though.  As I mentioned earlier in this thread, there are movies that are trying to use more worthwhile 3-D effects.  I do think there is still room for improvement if 3-D is here to stay and is not a passing fad like it was in the 1950s.

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Gah.  I wish my admin view hadn't been turned on when I clicked this post.

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Why do you say that?  It looks like it worked just fine to me.

I do think, though, that we're off topic now.  ;)

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