Commentary: 3-D movies are not necessary

Kristen Campbell, Editor in Chief

I go to the movies quite often. I probably go too often if you ask my friends; I have seen the movies most television previews advertise. I enjoy being entertained and escaping from the world for two hours during a stressful week.

Throughout all of my movie-going, I have noticed an annoying, and some may say alarming, trend among movies.

Picture this scenario: you are watching a preview and the movie looks really good. After much suspense, the voiceover says, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 … in 3-D.” I am a little bummed that the movie must come out in 3-D but I sit back and watch the next preview.

But yet again the preview ends and the voiceover says, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never … in 3-D.”

If you do not catch my annoyance, let me tell it to you straight; Hollywood needs to stop making every movie with a 3-D option. I could care less if Harry Potter caught the Snitch right in my face or if Justin Bieber’s hand “reached out” to me.

Sure I have the option to go and see my movies in the regular, two-dimensional format but not all movies are aesthetically created for the 3-D effects. Hollywood has created this crazy stampede to turn everything into a 3-D movie and it is insane.

Paying the extra $5 to $7 is a waste of money because when you look at a 2-D movie, it is already in 3-D as far as your mind is concerned. It does not care that you are not “in” the action.

As Roger Ebert agreed, “Our minds use the principle of perspective to provide the third dimension. Adding one artificially can make the illusion less convincing.”

When I think back to classic films and movies that I adore, they were amazing experiences because they engaged my imagination, not because a bomb exploded in my face.

My favorite movie, “The Princess Bride,” would have not been any greater if the Rodents of Unusual Size had attacked Westley in my lap rather than on a screen.

To make matters worse, rarely are movies filmed in 3-D and it is very obvious. Fake conversions into 3-D kill the beauty of the creation of film, by taking a director’s masterpiece and changing an effect to be able to charge the public extra money.

When directors film scenes, they create a natural depth of field to draw the attention to foreground objects while the less-important things fade into the blurry background. Yet in 3-D movies everything is crystal clear which can be a distraction from what the directors want us to focus on.

Personally, 3-D movies give me headaches and make me tired. If I wanted to go to sleep, I would have saved nearly $20 and taken a nap with dreams that are free of charge.

Real life is already 3-D; Save yourself almost $10 and have your friends reach out to you.

Kristen Campbell, a sophomore journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at or on Twitter @km_campbell.

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