How to Train Your Dragon, and Why I refuse to pay more for 3D

So I was hoping to mark my return to posting with a review of Clash of the Titans, a movie suitably bombastic for a good review.  Of course it ended up being sold out and we went to see How to Train your Dragon instead.

I was more than pleasantly surprised with how good this movie turned out to be, and I already had high expectations going in.  It’s a great film for the kiddies (though perhaps not the really little ones, there are some scary bits) but by no means is aimed only at them.  It literally is fun for the whole family, and not in the way Shrek is.  This isn’t one of those films with a series of gags for the kids and another set of innuendos and inside jokes for the adults.  As much as I liked Shrek those kind of movies annoy me somewhat; films intended for kids yet condescending them.

Anyway, Dragon is a simple enough story, Vikings living in Dragon infested lands stubbornly refusing to move, or, as the protagonist says eloquently in the opening, it’s a village that has been there for seven generations – but all the buildings are new.  There is a feel-good message to it, but not one the audience is beat over the head with.

As always I will err on the side of not giving any spoilers, so I’ll just say that even if you don’t have any kids/younger siblings, definitely check this one out.  I’d even go so far as to suggest this as a good date movie.

There is one caveat though, I did not see it in 3D, nor really do I recommend 3D over 2D.  Why?  Well, the simple answer is that, like many (some people say as many as 40% but that is totally unconfirmed) it gives me headaches.  This doesn’t even include the roughly 10% of people who can’t see it as all.  For others the extra cost is a major turn off as well.  These are all good reasons to skip out on the 3D experience, but for me the main reason is this: I don’t think the 3D really adds anything meaningful to the movie experience.  Back when Avatar came out I went and saw it twice, once in 3D and once in 2D.  It is true, there are moments of the film that are made more spectacular with the 3D treatment, but there are just as many or more where the 3D actually distracts from what is going one, in other cases drawing focus away from the important action in the scene.

Honestly, I don’t understand why the studios are pumping so much more money into making films 3D.  Rather than a meaningful step forward for cinematography it is just another fad, one I hope doesn’t last.

[tags]Dreamworks, Dragon, Vikings, 3D, Movies[/tags]

3 thoughts on “How to Train Your Dragon, and Why I refuse to pay more for 3D

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  1. I agree. I’ve got a ticket to see Clash of the Titans, and I refuse to see it in 3D. Waste of time. I’d much rather they take the time to make better movies.

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  2. I watched a 3D movie once and I wasn’t impressed, didn’t seem very 3D to me, of course that was a few years ago but I don’t waste my money on it. The movie was amazing though, was really impressed with it. 🙂

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