Movies in 2D

What do you call a flat picture of apples and oranges? 2D Fruity!

Last week, we went to see The Avengers. Which was good, by the way. Easy to see why it has made so much money.

We walked up to the ticket counter to get our tickets. I said, “Two adults and one child for The Avengers.”

The ticket girl said, “Regular?”

No, I want to see it Extra Crispy.

Of course, I didn’t say that, except with my Inner Voice. I knew she meant “Not 3D.” And so I said, “Yes, regular.”

These days, just about every movie is in 3D, it seems. Especially most all of the movies that most regular movie-goers would be interested in seeing. Every big-budget potential blockbuster just has to be in 3-D, it seems. Maybe that is the movie makers’ way of trying to show that their movie is for real, their way of generating more excitement.

For a while, we saw several movies in 3D. Up, Tron: Legacy, Tangled, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Just to name a few.

But lately, I have decided it just wasn’t worth it. Sure, some of the 3D effects were pretty interesting. Sure, it made it seem like the movie was dimensional instead of just flat. And that was fun, for a while.

But then as the movie went on, at least one of two things happened. Either the 3D glasses started getting heavy on my nose and ears, making me tired of wearing them, or I stopped noticing that the movie was in 3D at all.

Either one of those things, or both of them together, made me decide that 2D movies were just fine. If the story is good, and if the visuals are good, it really doesn’t matter if it is in 2D or 3D. The same story and characters can pull you in if they are in two dimensions or three. And the movie is just as good without that extra dimension.

Besides that, we save the extra money it costs for the 3D movies, which is usually $3 per person, or $9 for all three of us.

So my wallet is heavier, while the pressure on my nose and ears is lighter. And I am happier.

Maybe some of those movie makers should work on adding more dimension to their story instead of to their picture. Because I can be just as easily entertained by a perfectly flat screen.

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