Avatar (2D)

Posted on June 27, 2010. Filed under: Ramblings | Tags: , , |

When I first saw Avatar, like pretty much everyone else on the planet, I saw it in 3D.  Like I said in my review, Avatar is at the moment the only film I’ve seen in 3D where I thought it added rather than detracted from the film, but I was still anxious to see it in 2D and play spot the difference.

So, did losing a dimension make the film less enjoyable? In a word: No.

Before we’d even made it through the first bit of dialogue I’d completely forgotten the film had ever been made in 3D.  The wide-angle shots still had the same depth and I actually preferred the look in the “human” scenes because it seemed more real.  There weren’t any points where I thought a section had looked better in 3D, not even the flying scenes.

It’s the incredible CGI effects that make Avatar an amazing feat of movie making, not the 3D technology.  While in the cinema it did add to the experience and was a fairly cool added extra, it really had no effect on the overall enjoyment of the film.

I’ve said many times on here, and on other people’s blogs, that I’m not a fan of the 3D revolution.  I truly believe that it is just a cheap studio tack, trying to make more people go out to the cinema in a time when home cinema systems can equal the theatrical experience.  Avatar is so far the only film I’ve seen where the 3D didn’t get in the way, but nothing is lost when you watch it in 2D.  As far as I can tell it’s just a gimmick.

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I like that you did this and admittedly feel the same way. I enjoyed it just as much, though differently in 2D. It was a film that benefited from the experience on the big screen but didn’t define it at all.

I think I’m the only one who missed TS3 in 3D this weekend, but I’m going to continue to pass on it. It’s a fad and will pass.

I’m guessing TS3 is Toy Story? I definitely don’t want to see that in 3D. Give me good old fashioned state of the art CG animation!

I am completely with you on the 3D issue. I am a vocal advocate against 3D. I also agree with you that Avatar stands up very well without it. The 3D was great with Avatar, but not necessary. The complete unleashing of pure imagination is what makes this film great.

I really hope that all these films converting their movies to 3D (clash of the titans, last airbender) do such a terrible job of it that audiences lose their lose for it. Because right now its ridiculous. I went to Toy Story 3 and the guy at the ticket office just assumed we were going to 3D and was going to charge us the surcharge that goes along with it. He didn’t even ask 2D or 3D.

I agree with everything you’re saying. I hope it’s a gimmick that dies out. In Avatar’s case, the 3D distracts from the amazing technical work that’s gone on.

I’ve only seen Avatar in 2D and enjoyed it so I guess that says a lot for the big-screen experience in 3D. I think it’s a good movie and lived up to expectations. I’m sure it’s great in 3D but it works well as just a normal two-dimensional film and that’s testament to Cameron’s script, characters, and story.

Hey Dan, intersting to have the viewpoint of someone who hasn’t seen the 3D.
You really haven’t missed anything in not seeing the other version. I totally agree with you that it’s the characters and the story that make the film interesting, special effects can only get you so far.


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