1 Mar 2010

3D or not 3D for The Hobbit ? - Do Hobbits Wear Funny Glasses ?

I am almost tempted to say its only a passing craze, a new 'fashion' statement from the movie industry. Its the newest very expensive shiny toy that everyone wants to play with. I am not sure to be honest- 3D has been around since I can remember although lately is coming back into fashion thanks to movies like Avatar. Can I be brutally honest with you ? I do think The Hobbit does NOT need 3D to be spectacular (and to make a lot of money because this is what ultimately the Studios want and need). Peter Jackson's Trilogy was not in 3D...did you hear anyone complain about the visuals, the special effects or the immersion ? Did it make less dollars? Naa...not really. its like when you take a photograph...its not the camera (although it might help a little) its in the person behind it - same apply to movies and directors. Technology will be helpful to a certain extend but after that its the eyes and talent of the directors that makes a great movie. Lets take a step back and have a good think about this - 3D movies are not every one's taste. Some people love them , some people despise them like the plague. Having the tag 3D on a movie poster does not automatically transform a film into Oscar material or a blockbuster - 3D movies are very expensive to make and technically very hard to shoot , edit, work on etc etc. Its in the special cameras, computers and super technical people. whom tend to be extremely well paid .....and for a moment the nostalgic, simple and romantic hobbit I am, cannot stop herself thinking about how much Professor Tolkien despised modern technology...*sigh* - but lets get back to 3D , because there is more I want to say about it: this technology its not for all. Many people suffering from eye sight problems would not be able to enjoy The Hobbit in 3D (and I am one of them). If one wears glasses, contact lenses or has double vision or colour-blindness , wearing 3D glasses simply does not work. So this is what Guillermo del Toro has said to theonering.net :

"I wouldn’t read much on it just yet, but now, after all this time, after AVATAR doing the Box Office it did, we have had enquires from above about The Hobbit being in 3-D. No impositions or heavy leaning. Just enquires. Just fulfilling my promise to let you all know if discussions ever started. Cheers, GDT " (theonering.net)

Don't do it Guillermo (please) don't fall into the "lets go 3D because of Avatar..." The Hobbit have what Avatar did not....The Hobbit have a real story, a fantastic tale in a magnificent world. 3D technology has its fans and its followers but they are not Hobbits. Making The Hobbit 3D would cost a fortune (money you could spend on other things) we all know the movie will be a blockbuster no matter what. I really do not want to sit in a cinema wearing funny glasses and getting an headache (I have slight double vision since birth) while trying to watch my beloved The Hobbit. I am desperately trying to find some positive points about The Hobbit in 3D but I cant...Middle-earth is not Pandora, the hobbits and the dwarves are not blue (then you would call then Smurfs....).