December 21, 2015
Movie Monday: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 2D vs. 3D
But I don't want to give too much away. I tried to avoid as many spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as I could. (Going on opening day did help.) Instead, I'll focus on 2D vs. 3D.
I'll admit, I'm biased towards 2D. I generally find it a more enjoyable movie experience, and this was no exception. The 3D was done very smoothly; it didn't bother my eyes. Mostly, it didn't make much of an impression. There were a few moments that did wow me in 3D. The opening crawl looked amazing in 3D. It would've gotten my heart pumping anyway, but it really struck me in the 3D. There's a moment where the Star Destroyer is right in the audience's face; many people in the theater I was in didn't hold back and tried to touch. There's also a moment where Rey slides down a hill that looked pretty cool.
However, there was one big drawback to the 3D. The opening scene takes place at night and is full of fast-paced action. I had trouble following it as well in the 3D version. There were too many objects and too little light for me to clearly discern what was happening onscreen.
(I will admit, this also reminded me how dark modern filmmaking tends to be. I saw this right after the Original Trilogy, which is suffused with sunlight. Please, please don't be afraid of light! I like when I can see what is happening onscreen.)
The 2D version lacks those few stunning moments, but I did find it easier to follow overall during the action sequences (of which there are many). If you do want to see the 3D, seeing it in theaters might be your only chance. It's mostly a toss-up of whether you want to pay the money or not.
I can't weigh in on the IMAX presentation, but I do still intend to go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my dad. Maybe I can convince him to go see it in IMAX.