In the year 1999, a movie is released; it’s called, “The Matrix“. In this film viewers are introduced to a technique called “Bullet-time“. A year or two later, and dozens of movies which do not benefit or have a plausible explanation for the usage of bullet-time are produced. Most of us grow weary, as bullet-time no longer elicits amazement, but is delegated to being a gimmick.
It is now the year 2010, and in 2009 a movie called “Avatar“, directed by James Cameron, is released. This movie comes out in 3D, and although it’s not the first movie to come out this way, it is buoyed by waves of PR and marketing and mass hysteria. This signals the beginning of the high-budget 3D movies’ assault, which had been planned in advance; which is evident in how many of the 3D movies coming out this year had already been in production when Avatar hit the silver screens world-wide.
The 3D is neat, it’s pretty convincing, and in one scene I moved my hand forward to move aside some banners which were hiding Woody. But to be honest, our mind is a great computer, and one that always falls for optical illusions. We’ve been capable of tricking it into seeing 3D for quite some time. Heck, taking the special glasses off I didn’t see non-3D, just a bit blurry as there were double-edges going on.
Last, and most important in regards to the 3D experience? The glasses. I already wear glasses to correct my vision. The 3D glasses are heavy, and my nose actually hurt by the time the movie ended from the weight inflicted upon it. It was also quite amusing to see how fearful and strict the orderlies were, for fear we’d steal them.
Toy Story 3? The movie in the beginning was quite charming, which is what I expect from Pixar shorts. The main event was quite touching in bits, but suffered from the Disney Ending (evil character is evil and vanquished, the minions are just misguided, and later we all forget what they’ve done before – no harm, no foul). The cast was shrunk to the main characters, same as per the second movie, which allowed for more air-time for the characters that mattered, and zero time to all those who had been axed.
I shed a couple of tears. It was touching.
Score: Toy Story 3D: 7.8/10 growing-up moments. The 3D? Still on the fence about it.