As a way of ending our fist vacation together, Diana and I decided to see Toy Story 3 on Monday night. Unlike my experience of hoping to see Avatar in 3D (which resulted in an unadvertised, VHS-quality 2D version that greatly paled in comparison to how it looks on Blu-ray), we got to see Toy Story 3 in 3D.
The last time I saw a movie in 3D was Captain EO. Yeah, it's been a while.
I understand those who hate the cash-grab that is 3D these days. I'm (no surprise here) not really pro or con about it. I don't think I would have had a lesser experience seeing the film in 2D, but I definitely think I would have had a lesser experience had I not seen it in a theater with a good sound system and a packed audience.
There's a reason why I see certain movies in a theater and a lot of other ones at home: it's about the experience. I think the best way to see a movie like Iron Man is in a theater. I think the best way to experience Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is in a theater. Seeing the movie in 3D doesn't necessarily sway my judgment of a movie. I think Toy Story 3 in 3D is as effective as it would be in 2D: if I get something out of the film beyond the CGI, then it's a movie worth seeing.
Going back to seeing Avatar in 2D, I think my feelings on the film would be the same had I seen it in 3D. Given the spectacle of films on a big screen (whether they're virtually popping out at you or not), the emotional core of a film is what makes the film work or doesn't work.