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Toy Story 3 in 3D? I Don’t Think So.

Published July 21, 2010 - 2 Comments

I recently went to see Toy Story 3 in 3D.  Personally, I think the whole 3D thing is getting a little out of hand.  Yes, I saw Avatar in 3D, and I enjoyed it.  But I just don’t see myself rushing out to every movie because they’re showing in 3D.  To make matters worse, the previews of up and coming movies were all 3D movies too!  (I saw my first preview for the Smurfs movie.  Wow… that brings back some memories!)

Of the three movies in the Toy Story franchise, I would say that this one was the least special for me.  It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it.  I did.  But it just didn’t seem to have the level of appeal that the other two did.  I can remember when I saw the first one.  I had resisted seeing it because I didn’t think that the premise of a bunch of live toys was really going to do it for me.  One of my friends kept telling me “You have to see it!  It’s awesome!”  So I finally relented, and he was right… as he often is.  By the time the second one was released, there was no doubt that I wanted to see that in the theatre.  They really are great movies for kids and parents alike.  But this one… mmm… it’s good.  I liked it, but I just wasn’t blown away.  Maybe it was because of the 3D.  I don’t know.  I don’t particularly enjoy sitting there with glasses on, and I don’t feel that the movie really took advantage of the 3D capability at all.  The only “wow” moment for me was when they went down a rollercoaster.  Other than that… honestly… it barely even registered that it was even showing in 3D.

It’s been widely reported, so it’s not really a spoiler… but… when Buzz gets switched to Spanish mode…  THAT was hilarious, and probably the most memorable moment of the movie for me.

I hate to say it, but I think that I could have waited to see this when it came out on DVD.  And I definitely could have done without the 3D.  I really hope that this isn’t going to become the trend.

Avatar: Well, that was Fun.

Published February 16, 2010 - 2 Comments

Finally managed to get to the theatre last night and see James Cameron’s Avatar.  I tend to over-use the phrase “visually stunning” while describing some of the latest movie releases, but this one definitely fits that description.  Even if it wasn’t in 3D, I imagine that it would still be stunning.  There’s no doubt about it…  the bar has been raised.

But what about the movie itself?  I couldn’t help but think that I was watching a modernized version of Pocahontas.  (My sister says Pocahontas AND Ferngully, but I don’t really remember Ferngully, so I’ll just stick with Pocahontas)  I wasn’t really feeling the whole “we’re one with our natural surroundings” vibe, which is a shame because that’s a central theme.

The combat scenes were amazing though, and helped rekindle my interest.  Also, I’m sure that Cameron would be pleased to know that his 3D imagery triggered my dislike of heights, so that gives an idea of how realistic it was at times.

Was is good?  Hell, yes.  Was it great?  Well.. It was “pretty”… I’m glad that I saw it in 3D in the theatre because that’s the greatest visual experience possible.  I suspect a month from now when I think back to whether I liked Avatar, I’ll be remembering it solely for the visual effects, and not much else.

It was good, and I’m glad that I had the chance to see it, but would I rush out to see it again? 

No, probably not.