Proof That 3-D Has Legs

The 3-D gimmick gets a really bad wrap these days. Around the time of Avatar, people were warming up to it, but, within 12 months, studios had turned audiences against the extra dimensional effect. Now box office figures show that people are avoiding movies altogether if they can’t see them a 2-D showing, as 3-D adds extra money and gives people headaches.

Me? I like the gimmick…when it fits. The problem is that too many movies misuse the effect. Here are movies that got it right. If you’re still on the fence about 3-D, watch any of these movies. You will have your mind blown.

1. Avatar

It seems cliche to place Avatar atop a list of the best 3-D I’ve seen, but it fits. James Cameron ushered in a new era of 3-D, allowing it to finally take off. I saw the film multiple times at the cinema in 3-D, including IMAX 3-D, and loved it. I went back to watch the 3-D Blu-ray when it finally came out, and it was enrapturing.

Avatar is the 3-D pallbearer for a reason. It looks stunning.

3-D Rating: 10/10

2. Oz the Great and Powerful


I’ll say it again: Wow.

This is the best live-action 3-D I’ve seen since Avatar, and that’s saying something. It’s a beautiful film to behold, and the 3-D makes the visuals all the more stunning.


3-D Rating: 10/10

3. Prometheus

Even this film’s harshest critics admit it’s a spectacular visual feast. The 3-D is some of the best you will ever see, period. The cinematography is amazing; every single frame of this movie could be a painting on a wall. And 3-D adds so much depth to the frame, making the whole experience all the better.

There isn’t much that can compare to the experience of watching Prometheus in 3-D.

3-D Rating: 10/10

4. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

It may feel like a cop-out to include an animated movie, but this one stands out from the pack. It’s not DreamWorks or Pixar, but a movie made by another pack of animators, and it looks stunning. This is my go-to 3-D demo disc at present; every shot looks extraordinary in 3-D. The depth is astonishing, and you can count every feather on every owl. I was in awe from start to end.

3-D Rating: 10/10

5. Hugo

Roger Ebert said he wouldn’t support 3-D until a filmmaker like Martin Scorsese dabbled in it. And now here we are, and Scorsese has filmed a movie in 3-D. And oh boy, the 3-D is something to behold. It was planned and filmed in three dimensions, yielding stunning depth and space between objects. It feels like looking through a window.

3-D Rating: 10/10

6. Rise of the Guardians

Another animated movie, because this one is better than most. Whereas most animated movies have good but rote 3-D, the 3-D here is exceptional. It feels like snow is falling in your living room, and it looks like a world really is stretched out behind your television screen. This is a great movie, and experiencing it in 3-D is wonderful.

3-D Rating: 10/10

7. Toy Story 3

This gem is a treat in 3-D. You quickly forget the glasses are on your head, and instead find yourself immersed in this world. It amplifies the emotion and the intensity, and it makes the toys look more believable.

3-D Rating: 10/10

8. Titanic

This is the only converted 3-D movie I’ll include on this list. There are some other good conversions, but this is the best, because it continually looks like a native 3-D feature, though the odd few shots look a bit on the flat side. Still, it’s a stunning conversion, and it adds quite a bit to the experience. In fact this is one of the films that persuaded me to purchase a 3-D television for my bedroom.

3-D Rating: 9/10

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