Gulliver’s Travels



Jackson Murphy: 3D

Transcript for Jackson Murphy: 3D

Since 3D seems to be geared to the 13 and under audience let’s go to kid critic Jackson Murphy to hear his thoughts on 3D.

Like most movie fans...young and old...I was excited when 3D came back on the scene several years ago. I remember seeing "The Polar Express" in IMAX 3D back in 2005 and it was spectacular. Then 3D started appearing in a few regular mainstream films - and it was fun - and you didn't mind spending a few extra bucks for it. But it was a special treat. The whole experience: getting the glasses, waiting for things to fly off the screen that you could reach out touch. It was cool.

But...unfortunately... the studios decided that 3D could be more than a treat. It could be a big money-maker. And Hollywood is all about making money.

The success of "Avatar" opened the floodgates to the 3D craze. But, just like with most things...too much of a good thing ends-up being a bad thing.

I wrote a blog back in 2010 about a mom in front of me in line who spent $48.25 on two adult and one child's ticket to "How to Train Your Dragon" in IMAX 3D. That was the day I realized that 3D was not going to last...because families just couldn't afford the tickets. But the studios kept churning out the 3D movies or converting standard prints to 3D in post-production, which produced horrible-looking films such as "Clash of the Titans" and "The Last Airbender".

In the right movie and done the right way, 3D can be a great addition to the viewing experience. Last year's "Despicable Me" showed how much fun a 3D movie can be. But I am a true believer that 3D should only be limited to three types of films: animated, sci-fi/ fantasy and documentaries, especially nature documentaries.

And live-action 3D movies should be banned. And here's why: Even though we all see in 3D in real life, it's NOT the same type of 3D that's produced on the movie screen. Nobody's eyes work like that. So the effect adds nothing to films such as "The Green Hornet" and "Gulliver's Travels" just makes them look phony. Oh, it does add something: 3-4 bucks to the price of each ticket.

And now... here in 2011...we are finally starting to see the 3D backlash. Not long ago studios were considering doing away with 2D copies of some films altogether. Now 2D is outgrossing 3D versions of the same film, because people are realizing that the gimmick isn't worth the extra money and the often uncomfortable experience of wearing the glasses, which are better than they used to be, but still not great.

Thanks, Jackson.