No, I did see it in 3D. In fact, that's part of the problem. Going in I expected what most people said in reviews...that the story was so-so, but the visuals and the "experience" make up for it and then some.
But the story sucked, and the visuals just made me angry.
3D films...are awful. Awful. I really wanted this to be the film to convince me that there was a legit future to 3D, but it failed completely. I thought it would work. It's not something like Harry Potter or whatever and they converted it to 3D, he filmed this with 3D in mind. And it doesn't fucking work.
It does not look 3D. I challenge anyone to say that 3D films feel like they have real depth. You know what it looks like? One of those View-Master toy images--there isn't real depth to characters, it just looks like one flat plane (a character) popping over another flat plane (a background).
And you know what, not only was it terrible 3D, but it made the film hard to watch. Those polarized 3D lenses make the image blurry as shit. Fuck, I'm paying 12 bucks to see something on a digital projector, which can handle high resolution images, and they just make things blurry again with the 3D effect. If I was an artist working on the film, I'd be fucking pissed off that the goddamn 3D shit is making it hard to see my work.
You know how a good movie, a really good movie, can make you forget you're watching a film because you get so invested in the experience? Hell, that's part of the reason you see a movie, and it makes the theater experience special because it's easier to be immersed.
I did not have that feeling ONCE in Avatar. Not once, and I know it was mostly to do with the 3D stuff. It was distracting. I kept thinking "I'm watching a movie. This is fake. I've got fucking glasses on my face in a theater." Christ, I know James Cameron is pushing 3D for the exact OPPOSITE reason, he thinks it makes things more immersive. It doesn't. Because when Sgt. Stereotype is talking about some scar on his face, I'm only thinking "FUCK, I can't see a scar, fucking blurry...GODDAMN GLASSES."
3D. What a crock.
And FUCK ALL, my eyes were hurting a half hour in. Seriously, if 3D is going mainstream, I will simply not see things in the theater, because my eyes couldn't take it.
I can't even get to how bad the story was. And how fake the whole movie looked. I mean...I liked the animation, or mo-cap rather, in that the characters moved well. But jeebus they looked like cartoon characters mixing with humans. Seriously, it was like Roger Rabbit with Ellen Ripley.
So that's why I was pissed. Because this crappy movie is going to change movies for the worse for at least the next five years, until people start to realize that 3D is at best a gimmick, and at worst a scam.