The 3D movies fad really, really pisses me off. I hope it's a fad, at least.
The cost of movies is already almost prohibitive. Maybe not for me, but think about a family of five going to the movies. It costs something like $40 without even factoring in the overpriced popcorn. So what can we do? Tack on $3 a piece for 3D.
And if you want to avoid 3D, it's not so easy because half the shows are now 3D. And of course, the kids will whine for it.
I might feel better about it if I felt like the 3D added something. But the majority of the time, you can barely tell the movie is in 3D. I've read that the brain already 3-dimensionalizes movies, so what's the point of the 3D glasses then? And it seems like these days, practically every kids movie and any adult action movie is made in 3D.
I just feel like the people who make movies don't care about using 3D to make the movie better. They just tack it on to raise prices.
A while ago, I saw this movie at the zoo called Dora and Diego 4D. At first we were worried that the other two D's were for Dora and Diego, but it turned out there really were 4 dimensions of effects. Aside from the 3D glasses providing some pretty cool effects, our seats go shaken and we got spritzed with water. Plus there was a smell at some point. Now that was worth it.
As for movies in the theater, the only one I've ever seen that I felt utilized the 3D effects to make the movie better was Harold & Kumar. I've heard Avatar did too, but I saw it in 2D and I thought it was so godawful stupid, I can't imagine that another dimension would have made that big a difference. Unless that dimension included a plotline that wasn't totally cliched.