Saturday, March 13, 2010

An out of house experience.

I found myself in a movie theatre last night with cheap 3D glasses on my face for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. The 3D was more annoying than anything, and Burton doesn't know how to direct a battle scene, but other than that the movie was not offensive. Depp chewed up the scenery as the mad hatter, but the story was not about him, so he was off screen more than he was on. A little Depp goes a long way and a Depp overdose is no good for anyone.

While the movie itself was a solid 'meh' I was really disappointed by the 3D effects. This is the first 3D movie I have seen since Captain Eo at Disney, so I assumed there would have been improvements. There really haven't. The feeling of depth is certainly there, but all detail is lost. Perhaps the glasses did not agree with my coke bottle bottom contacts, but all the edges were fuzzy and it was often difficult to focus on anything. There was a lot to look at, much of it intentionally obscured by objects whose only purpose to to scream out 'Look! This movie is 3D! It's totally worth the premium ticket price!'

3D video games have met with similar lackluster results. Remember 3D Worldrunner? Yeah, it was a head ache in a box, and definitely not the way to handle 3D at home.

Now this:

This is what the Wii should be doing (and quite old, but it blows my mind every time I look at it). I would own three of the damn things if they made my TV look like this. But no, we get another Mario Party instead.

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