Movie Monday: Harry Potter Part 7 Part 2 in 3D

That’s right. I saw the last Harry Potter film in 3D. I have comments about it. But first…

The Trailers
As an aside before I get to the trailers, tonight while I was walking into the theater I noticed one of those stand-up adverts for Final Destination 5. Wasn’t the last one called The Final Destination? How can there be a fifth movie if the fourth was THE final destination? Oh, just kidding, the previous four weren’t really the final destination. This is really the final destination. We promise, guys. Seriously, who’s giving these people money? Anyway, back to the trailers.

Lots of retreads this week. Some new, though.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsLane Pryce plays Professor Moriarty? Perfect.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Steadily moving past the title on this one.
Real Steel – A few more viewings of this trailer and I’m going to want to see this movie. Or I’m going to feel this way about Hugh Jackman.
Cowboys & Aliens – nothing new to add. Seriously people, can we get some new trailers, please?!
Dark Knight Rises – YES! YES YES YES YES Ye–Wait. That was it? 90 seconds with 70 of it being recycled clips? I don’t care. I’m stoked.
Hugo – A 3D fantastical children’s movie directed by Martin Scorsese? I’m sorry, did anyone see Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, or Shutter Island? Is this the man you want directing your child’s next Christmas movie?

The Movie
I’m not going to talk too much about this one. It was spectacular. It followed the books closely, for the most part. There are some departures that seem completely unnecessary to me, but I’m not going to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it. At least, I won’d do that yet. Maybe a couple of weeks down the line. Also, there were a couple of points where it felt like they were trying to stick to themes in the book that hadn’t really been fleshed out all that well in Part 1 or Part 2, but they wanted to appease the book purists like me. The problem is, those moments felt disjointed and were confusing to people who haven’t read the books. But again, I’m not going into it for now. I still thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and recommend it to anyone who’s on the fence about seeing it. All ZERO of you. But I digress. Tonight was my second viewing of the film; I saw it in 3D with the thought of discussing the 3D experience.

The Three Dimensional Experience
To cut to the chase, do not see this movie in 3D. It is a waste of money. You know how when you’re watching a 3D movie with the glasses on, you close one of your eyes and keep the other open, everything stays clear but in 2D? I did that a couple of times during the movie. Zero difference whatsoever. In only a couple of scenes did I even notice a depth of field to the film. Even Transformers 3 had more 3D effects than HP Part 7 Part 2 in 3D. The vast majority of the time, it was all 2D. There were no gimmicky effects, either. No curses flying out of the screen at you; no wands pointing out at the audience or anything else you might expect from a massive movie such as this. And when it was 3D, it had the same ghosting effect that all 3D movies seem to have.

After two 3D movies in a row, I can safely declare myself a part of the “3D is a gimmick to get more money out of a gullible public” camp. I tried to remain aloof. I wanted to reserve judgment, to give filmmakers the benefit of the doubt that they would find the potential in the technology and not just use it as a ploy to charge $15 or more for a single movie ticket. I just can’t do it anymore. Two massive pictures like Transformers 3 and Harry Potter Part 7 Part 2 in 3D deserve strong 3D treatment. I was blown away by Avatar in 3D; I thought it was amazing. Sure, it had some of the standard drawbacks, but I was able to overlook them because the rest of the 3D was so well done. I’d hoped for the same sort of experience with these movies. I’ve been sadly disappointed. I don’t know if it’s the cost or logistics of shooting in 3D or both, but for some reason they’re not shooting movies in 3D. Instead, it appears they’re going back during post-production and rendering the movie in 3D, which produces crappy results not worth watching. They do this and people still shell out extra cash to see films in 3D because it’s supposed to be that much cooler. And because people continue to shell out the cash, they keep making the movies this way. Enough from me, though. Unless I know that a movie was actually shot in 3D instead of rendered in post-processing, I won’t be seeing movies in 3D anymore.

Hopefully you won’t, either. Avoid the 3D. Especially on Harry Potter Part 7 Part 2 in 3D. It’s a ripoff.


1 Response to “Movie Monday: Harry Potter Part 7 Part 2 in 3D”

  1. 1 Bryce Ahler October 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    I really like to watch 3d movies because they are much better than regular movies. ;”‘.`

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