I recently reviewed the Michael Bay flick Transformers: Dark of the Moon after seeing it on opening night. In that review I stated that I’d seen the flick in 2D and didn’t really see the value in 3D (or words to that effect). A good friend of mine Stan commented on the blog and said that I should definitely see the flick in 3D… so that’s what I did.
I loved the flick the first time around and the second time was no different. In fact, I think I may have enjoyed it more the second time, but I don’t really think it was due to the 3D. I have a feeling going into it the second time, I was able to pick up on more of the subtleties in the flick (if there are such things in a Michael Bay flick) and really got to sit back and enjoy the story a bit more.
I will say that this was the best use of 3D that I’ve ever seen in a movie. And yes, that includes Avatar. Michael Bay uses 3D the way it was intended to be used… to provide a little bit of depth. I was worried that with the way Bay makes movies the added dimension of 3D would just be too much. I’m happy to say that I was wrong. The 3D really does add to the movie experience and with the exception of a few scenes really just blends in as part of the experience rather than the gimmick that it is.
All of that being said, I’m still not sold on 3D. For me it just doesn’t add enough to be worth the extra ticket price. I won’t say that I’ll shy away from 3D but give the choice between the two I’d probably go with the “regular” experience. In all likelihood the next time I see a 3D flick will be when Star Wars returns to theaters (again) to get even more of my money.