Roger Ebert: Why I Hate 3-D

Roger Ebert:

  • It’s the waste of a dimension.
  • It adds nothing to the experience.
  • It can be a distraction.
  • It can create nausea and headaches.
  • Have you noticed that 3-D seems a little dim?
  • There’s money to be made in selling new digital projectors.
  • Theaters slap on a surcharge of $5 to $7.50 for 3-D.
  • I cannot imagine a serious drama, such as Up in the Air or The Hurt Locker, in 3-D.
  • Whenever Hollywood has felt threatened, it has turned to technology: sound, color, widescreen, Cinerama, 3-D, stereophonic sound, and now 3-D again.

The only 3D movie that I’ve seen is Avatar and I really enjoyed the experience. But I also have read that James Cameron did a superb job in integrating 3D into Avatar, avoiding a lot of the reasons why Ebert hates 3D.