Christopher Nolan agrees with me: 3D sucks

Christopher Nolan agrees with me: 3D sucks


I’ve posted my share of movie reviews, as well as studies about 3D, so I think it’s fairly obvious that I don’t particularly care for it. Unfortunately, most of Hollywood still insists on ruining films with it. But Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight films, has basically come out saying that he thinks it sucks.

In a recent interview with DGA Quarterly, Nolan stated that Warner Brothers did attempt to pressure him to go 3D with the latest film, The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan, however, wanted to stay consistent with the style of the first two films and said no.

“Warner Brothers would have been very happy [to do 3D],” Nolan said. “But I said to the guys there that I wanted it to be stylistically consistent with the first two films and we were really going to push the IMAX thing to create a very high-quality image,” he said. “I prefer the big canvas, looking up at an enormous screen and at an image that feels larger than life.”

When referring to 3D, Nolan called it too “small” for an epic film. He stated: “I find [3D] stereoscopic imaging too small scale and intimate in its effect. 3D is a misnomer. Films are 3D. The whole point of photography is that it’s three-dimensional. The thing with stereoscopic imaging is it gives each audience member an individual perspective. It’s well suited to video games and other immersive technologies, but if you’re looking for an audience experience, stereoscopic is hard to embrace. When you treat that stereoscopically, and we’ve tried a lot of tests, you shrink the size so the image becomes a much smaller window in front of you. So the effect of it, and the relationship of the image to the audience, has to be very carefully considered. And I feel that in the initial wave to embrace it, that wasn’t considered in the slightest.”

My personal take is that 3D has actually ruined some movies (the 3D of Fright Night was downright awful) and that if 3D is needed to make a movie more enjoyable, then maybe Hollywood should have just made a better movie to begin with.


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