Click the link for my rant/attempt to rally a rebellion against unavoidable 3D showings!
Not going to be a long post this. Basically the last few times I’ve gone to see a film that has had a 3D showing I’ve found the amount of 2D screening options dwindling. It has now got to the point where most of my local cinemas aren’t even listing 2D showings. Now you’ll remember that last year reports were about saying that the popularity of 3D has dropped considerably. What’s the betting when it comes around to announcing how they’ve been doing this year that the figure will be up at an all time high. Obviously the reason it will likely be higher is because the option for 2D has been removed. Not to make this sound like a personal gripe but I’ve booked 3 tickets to see The Avengers. After searching around the listings on 4 different local cinemas I couldn’t find any 2D showings. Eventually I settled on the Camberley Vue, which is a good cinema, but a 3D showing that’s costing 5 pence under £40! £40 for 3 people. Those aren’t even for the premium VIP seats either. Same thing happened when I went to see John Carter. I’m sure it’s happened to some of you too.
Not everyone can watch 3D films. I have friends with poor eyesight in one eye who can’t see the effect of 3D. When they are forced to choose a 3D showing they still have to wear the glasses despite being able to get none of the benefit. I’m not saying 3D isn’t something that can’t have benefits. I’m just saying that we shouldn’t be forced to pay more for something we either don’t enjoy, don’t want or dislike. Especially when that vast majority of 3D films are post converted and look like pop up books. And that’s only if the 3D has been post converted correctly. The Phantom Menace being a prime example of really poorly done post conversion 3D recently.
So basically, if you agree, then get on twitter and tweet a message with the hashtag #SaynoTo3D. Tweet cinemas, directors (who I’d guess would largely agree) and anyone that could have a voice against this shameless attempt to make us pay more than we should to se a film. The 2D showings are priced extortionately high as it is, without the extra £2.50 (in some cases) to watch an image that’s 30% darker, usually poorly converted and comes with a free potential combo of eye strain and headaches.