Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Star Wars 3D, I've Got A Bad Feeling About This

I thought 3D movies were the coolest thing ever when I was a kid. I even loved the silly paper glasses with one red lens and one blue lens and took them home to play with until they completely fell apart. I thought it was neat when popcorn looked like it was flying into the air, or arrows soared over my head, or random birds or feathers or just about anything came out of the screen at me. This was when I was a kid.

Then came a time when 3D fell by the wayside and I forgot all about it until Jaws 3D arrived on screens. I went to see this with a group of my friends, despite being terrified at the whole idea of Jaws. I couldn’t tell you much about this movie now. It was a blur of sharks, people screaming, blood in the water and a last ditch effort to save the world, but I do remember one 3D moment quite vividly. It involved a dead body and worms and that was the last I ever wanted to see of 3D.

I avoided it until Avatar, which I saw in 3D, surround sound, IMAX, blah blah blah because everyone said I absolutely had to see it that way in order to appreciate the movie. And, although it was incredibly pretty, I was unimpressed with the movie as a whole. The story was not intriguing and ridiculous things kept happening. They took out armored choppers with spears. Spears! This movie is single-handedly responsible for turning my dislike of 3D into something more akin to hatred. All of which poses a bit of a problem for me as a die hard Star Wars fan.
In just a few days, on February 10th, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace will be hitting theaters in 3D. As a Star Wars fan but a 3D hater I have no idea how to handle this situation. I know, my first complaint should be to demand that George Lucas stop messing with the movies, but I'm actually okay with the changes. I don't like them all but he made the movies to begin with so I figure he should be able to tweak them a bit. (Except for Han and Greedo which was a horrible mistake. Han shot first. End of Story.)

So, although I'm okay with changing things, hopefully for the better, I dread the thought of going to see a movie in 3D. I have visions of lightsabers appearing to poke my eye out or Anakin flying a ship right over my head. This won't be cool, it'll be hokey. But, and this is a big but, what if it's the most awesome version of a Star Wars movie ever created and I don't see it just because I hate 3D? What if that lightsaber duel is improved? What if JarJar is somehow less noticeable?

In the end, my love of Star Wars is going to win out, although I'm not at all convinced I'm going to walk away happy. I will pay too much for my ticket. I will buy over-priced popcorn. I will don those horribly uncomfortable glasses and sip my two-gallon soda. I will see Star Wars in 3D but, honestly, I've got a bad feeling about this.


  1. I'm going to see it this Saturday. I'm not a fan of 3D movies either, but if any movie deserves to be in 3D at least Star Wars does it is jammed packed with action. I think it's just another way to enjoy Star Wars. :)
    P.S. Han did shoot first!

    1. I'm hoping for the best! And I do think the podrace could be amazing.

  2. I don't know if I'd judge the whole concept of 3D as a medium because of Avatar. It sounds like what you didn't like about Avatar was the story and writing which has nothing to do with 3D. It would be like seeing Xanadu as your first color movie and saying "well I can't watch any other color films because Xanadu was a rollerskating mess with no plot and bad writing and acting. I'm just sticking with black and white." All the 3D will do is add a little more visual depth to the same movie. They've also released it in 2D concurrently if you just want to see it on the big screen again.

  3. You know, it might be hokey with things flying all over, but Star Wars at it's core, is hokey. It's never taken itself too seriously, it's the fans that have made it holy scripture.

    And I since Star Wars was inspired by pulp, adding 3D to it just makes it pulpier. I'm looking forward to taking my boys to their first SW film in a theater.


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