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Well done Mr. James Cameron, you’re a gentleman and an innovator

March 18th, 2010

It used to look silly when I saw people walk out of a movie theater with these ridiculous looking cardboard glasses that boasted two different colored lenses. It was just awkward. 

Now, as I ask for extra butter on my popcorn (you know we all do it). I see people leaving the theater from the most recent screening of “Avatar” or “Alice In Wonderland” in their sleek black frames and lenses.

The first 3D movie was released for screening in 1915, and it has taken until 2010 for 3D to sweep box offices. Even making films like “Clash of the Titans” and the upcoming Harry Potter films consider pushing back their release dates to add the 3D element. 

Why this new respect for 3D? Ask James Cameron, the director of the film “Avatar,” who made the largest grossing film of all time, currently still climbing at $2.6 billion worldwide. 

Or perhaps ask director Tim Burton who is smiling just as wide as his character (the Cheshire Cat) in his new 3D film “Alice In Wonderland,” which earned $116.1 million its opening weekend.

I don’t know what you have to do to be considered a movie buff, but as anyone in my hall would tell you, I consider myself to be in this category. 

Boasting over 100 DVDs in my dorm room, I love movies just as much as any college student loves food or sleeping. 

This obession started my freshman year in high school. Suddenly all the gifts I asked for were DVD’s, celebrity autographs, and movie props. I even converted my room into a home theater baosting a popcorn machine, cardboard cutouts of characters from the lastest release, and a lit up poster frame which I could dim for mood lighting.

After seeing these films, and ones like it in the past, they are definitely fun and exhilarating, but also boast their share of problems.

First, I doubt any movie critic will take these movies seriously if all films come out in 3D. 

These films focus on excitement and giving their audience an adrenaline rush, rather than having a good plot and character development. I am not saying this will be an inevitable formula, but why was “Avatar” snubbed for the Oscar up against a movie that only made $21.3 million worldwide?

Another thing to consider is staging. In 3D movies directors stage the actors and their actions significantly, so those books can fly off the desk into your face, rather than just a quick slam against the wall. It might not be a big deal, but for actors/actresses in Hollywood, 3D might limit or direct the character he/she wants to create.

Lastly, I am sure audiences across the world noticed when they went to grab their 3D glasses for these new films, they were also digging deeper in their pockets. 

To make and produce these 3D films costs more, and the viewer is going to absorb all that difference in the ticket price. Unfortunately, those James Bond, recyclable, black glasses won’t pay for themselves.

Hollywood seems to be catching up with the times. It is 2010, a year where people of the last century thought we would be using flying cars and robots.

While we are still driving in our gas-guzzlers and a robot is not cleaning my dorm room, movie lovers and critics are going to have to put in their contacts as it looks like 3D will be here for a while.