I have never been a fan of 3D cinema – for a number of reasons. To some audiences, 3D provides an exciting and engaging quality to film. To many like myself, it does the opposite and is there simply for cinemas to charge you more for a silly pair of glasses to wear.
I was therefore intrigued by the release of Alfonso Cuaron’s new film, Gravity. Originally, I had bypassed the idea of putting myself through the 3D experience as I do for films offering the service.
However, after stumbling upon a number of reviews praising the use of 3D in Gravity from critics who would otherwise share similar views about the technology, I decided to take the risk. I put on the darkened shades and paid over the odds for a ticket to see Gravity in 3D.
I have to admit, I came out of the film with mixed thoughts. Primarily, my view on 3D had not changed. I still feel it makes the quality of the image lessen and actually makes film harder to watch. However, to an extent, I felt the 3D played a huge role in this particular film.
It has to be said that Gravity is a beautifully shot, and breath-taking piece of cinema. It is certainly made for 3D, deliberately aiming a number of shots to suit the extra dimension – almost showing off the use of the technology.
Gravity is a heart racing rollercoaster of a film. With George Clooney and Sandra Bullock starring, the film also has a solid cast playing out a well-put together, yet unspectacular storyline. Primarily, the film focuses on its visual brilliance, which after all thrives.
To an extent, 3D cinema is vastly overused and the majority of films that use the technology truly do not have the need for it. In the case of Gravity, it seems the science of 3D film hugely compliments the science of space travel and the end result is a visually outstanding piece of cinema. I can say with great confidence that had I seen the film in 2D, it wouldn’t have been the same, and I can’t help but feel that Gravity loses credibility as a result.
As I mentioned, Gravity was designed for 3D and is a rare case of the technology, which actually expands the quality of the film. Cuaron’s Gravity is a triumph of a movie and I have to admit, much of its success is down to the use of 3D. However, it still has not changed my view of 3D movies and I will continue to avoid the technology as its supposedly fun perks still irritate me.