3-D movies have become somewhat of a craze in Hollywood. It seems that almost every movie put out these days has a regular version and a 3-D version for moviegoers to choose from. Of course Hollywood also likes the fact that tickets to 3-D movies are more expensive than regular tickets. The 3-D movement has gotten so popular that 3-D televisions have been put into production, allowing you to immerse yourself in the 3-D experience from the comfort of your own home. These are the 3-D movies that will make you want to go out and buy yourself one of those high tech television sets just to watch them.
It is no surprise that Avatar is one of the best movies to see in 3-D for several reasons. First, James Cameron is great director, and we have come to expect great movies from him. Second, Avatar used all new 3-D technology in its filming to provide a result unlike anything we had ever seen before. While some people feel that the nature conservancy message in Avatar is a little heavy handed, everybody can agree that it is a marvelous visual spectacle.
Up was a great movie in general, and it also made good use of 3-D technology. What made the 3-D sections of Up so good was it felt like a natural part of the movie. Many movies add in seemingly random scenes just to show off some 3-D action, but all the 3-D scenes in Up flowed seamlessly with the rest of the movie providing a great viewing experience. This may seem like a simple thing to do, but it is surprising how many movies forget 3-D can be used as more than just a gimmicky way to sell more expensive tickets.
Much like Up, Monsters vs. Aliens was a pretty adorable movie with seamlessly integrated 3-D scenes. The 3-D scenes were also more entertaining because of the general tone of Monsters vs. Aliens, which you have probably figured out wasn’t a very serious movie from the title. I guess the goofy antics of unintelligent monsters are even more adorable when they appear to be coming out of the screen.
Beowulf was, in general, not the greatest movie ever made. It is a great example of a 3-D movie though. Beouwulf was so well animated that there are some scenes where it is easy to forget that it is not live action, and that goes for the 3-D scenes as well. The animation was so good that Beowulf rivals Avatar in terms of a visual performance, but overall I think everyone would agree that Avatar was by far the superior movie.
By this point you have probably realized that 3-D technology is best suited to animated movies. 3-D technology is also well suited to great movies from our childhood. When Toy Story was released in 3-D, there was a rush to theaters. The 3-D scenes made us feel like little kids again, and as if we were hanging out with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. That was an awesome feeling that came with the rebirth of an awesome movie.