Earlier today I read an article on yahoo.com entitled “Too Many Men in Tights? 5 Reasons the Superhero Summer Has Been a Bust” by Daniel Frankel. In the article, there’s a heading about how 3D is dragging the genre of superhero films down. While reading the section on 3D I totally agreed, but not just for superhero movies. My first and last 3D experience that featured real people was Resident Evil: Afterlife starring Milla Jovovich. I have been a fan of the Resident Evil brand since it’s release on the original Sony Playstation console, though I was never particularly good at the games because of the control setup. I absolutely loved the first three movies. But low and behold, looking at this fourth installment, which featured enough action to satisfy all of my testosterone fueled passion for ass-kicking, I thought it sucked because of the 3D.
The rolling credits with 3D was cool and even the opening scene with all the umbrellas. But once Milla entered into screen kicking, stabbing, and shooting Umbrella Corporation security men, my eyes almost popped out of my head. I could barely see what was actually happening to them. There just seemed like there was too much going on and I couldn’t actually focus on her beating the crap out of everyone, which is why we all go to see Resident Evil. So not only was the 3D hard on the eyes, it just didn’t make sense to me how it was done. I thought the idea of it was to make you feel like the characters are right there in front of you and somehow you feel like you’re apart of the movie. I never got that feeling.
Moviemakers have to understand why we as fans go to see full length motion pictures of our favorite video game characters and comic book superheroes played by real people. That one and only reason for me is to see them be brought to life. People like Joe Madureira (my favorite comic book artist), Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Jerry Siegel already gave us our heroes in comic book glory with fabulous colors and creative innovations throughout the years. We’ve seen more than enough cartoon versions over the years as well. Fans want to see their heroes exist in the world we live in as we imagined them to. We want to see them in New York, L.A., Detroit, Washington D.C. because we live and breathe there everyday. We dreamed as kids every night that we lived and breathed in Gotham City, Metroplis, Atlantis and high up on Asgard. Don’t take that away from us by making them seem just as fictional as they already are.
So in closing I say, leave the 3D to Lightning McQueen and all of his animated counterparts. Because aside from cartoons, movies in 3D suck.