Last weekend I saw The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D. I was very excited about it because it never played anywhere near Mac-Town the last time around (not even Atlanta, what's that crap about?) and it's one of my favorite movies of all time. It's an absolute holiday tradition for me. I watch it every October and every December as part of my holiday rituals.
It's a fantastic movie, well-designed, scored, written, acted and directed. I can find almost no faults with it. But it just doesn't lend itself well to 3-D. There were hardly any scenes which utilized the medium. The movie is already set up to bypass the need for it. Figures fly to the outside of the screen in order to simulate being three dimensional, something which is much more effective than the few scenes which were made three dimensional. The first and last time which used the three dimensionality effectively was the countdown to the film itself. A jack o' lantern pops out of a jack-in-the-box at the end of a countdown to put on your 3-D glasses. I literally yelped when it popped out. But beyond that there was simply no need for the 3-D. The film would have been much better served by a traditional screening. And the audience wouldn't have to wear the uncomfortable 3-D glasses (Although they looked much cooler than traditional ones, they itched my nose something fierce. Am I the only one here?).
I loved seeing the movie on the big screen for the first time but I just wish it had been the way it was meant to be seen.
Have a Happy Halloween Everyone!