My 2 1/2-year-old fell asleep during our Saturday Matinee (expected, but he has stayed up through other movies like Puss in Boots). The 5-yr-old got spooked a couple of times by the evil animal investigator.
I don’t mind the animated fare that’s being served up for kids lately, we’re fans of the Ice Age franchise, and Despicable Me is an all-time fave, but this latest edition of Marty, Alex, and Melman isn’t that great. The funniest characters (penguins and King Julian) got less screen time to fit in the circus animals and it just didn’t come together.
Thankfully it only cost us $50ish, instead of $60+. We opted for the standard def movie experience instead of the 3D upgrade which is, more often than not, not worth it — especially for animated films.
First, the kids never keep the glasses on. Our first movie experience with our oldest was to see How To Tame Your Dragon. Every time I looked over, he had the glasses off. Have you ever peeked at a 3D movie without glasses? Blurry doesn’t begin to describe it. I was afraid of what I was doing to his little preschool eyes.
My eyes hurt. They just do. They get tired, and while some of the 3D is fun and interesting, they just make my eyes hurt the rest of the time. The eye-fatiguing 3D experience was one of the reasons I walked out of The Avengers.
It’s a gimick. Ooooh, look, an arrow coming at the screen. Okay, I get it, but when they try to do the 3D thing, they sometimes over do the “pop out” effect. Often, the best part of 3D is the opening titles of the movie studio producing the film.
It’s more expensive. Dragging a bundle of kids to a movie of their choice is already expensive enough, do we really need to tack another $10-$20 on the family experience of the film to see some arrows fly at the screen?
3D, when done right, is a magical thing. I still remember the first 3D film I saw in IMAX at Expo 86 in Vancouver. I reached out to try and touch the geese that were flying across the water, it looked like they were right there.
Taking your kids to experience 3D is still something you should do, but do it in the right environment, an animated feature doesn’t fit. Go to a planetarium, science centre, zoo, or aquarium. The films are shorter, more spectacular, and the 3D experience makes much more sense.
What about you? When given a choice, will you pay the extra $$ to take your kids to the 3D movie?
Don’t take my word for it, here’s Bari Nan Cohen‘s rant on the topic.
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