To dislike watching movies in 3D?

(38 Posts)
Madsometimes Sun 10-Feb-13 20:42:17

Why is it, that when I go to the cinema, most of the showings for films that I want to see, particularly with the dc, are in 3D?

I don't like wearing the glasses.
After about five minutes the 3D makes me feel dizzy and sick, and sometimes it gives me a visual migraine.
I think that obsession with special effects means that movies often now have a weaker story line.

Give me a normal 2D movie any time. So am I just an old gimmer that doesn't want to keep up with new technology, or is 3D a gimmicky fad, that will hopefully be restricted to a few imax films in the future?

You are not alone. The glasses hurt and the visual makes me feel sick. And it's more expensive.

And the cinema 3D or not is TOO LOUD. sad

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Sun 10-Feb-13 20:44:51

Shit, isn't it?

I don't like it either.

3D telly has already failed twice. It never caught on. This may be yet another passing phase.

I live in hope.


Hassled Sun 10-Feb-13 20:46:51

Oh I LOVE it. I act like a Victorian would if you showed them the internet, every single time - the novelty never wears off. I just can't believe the cleverness of it all. Life of Pi was amazing - best use of 3D I've ever experienced.

freddiefrog Sun 10-Feb-13 20:49:16


I hate them too.

The glasses give me an awful headache, and I just don't see the point, but then I'm not a big film fan - I mean, I'll watch a film, but I'm not really interested in 3d or HD or surround sound and all that jazz

PurpleStorm Sun 10-Feb-13 20:51:28

Not everyone can see in 3D.

Dh only has 2D vision, because of eye problems he had as a child. We don't watch 3D films because of that. Apparently about 10% of the population have problems seeing in 3D.

Is it possible that you've got underlying eye problems that mean you can't fully see in 3D?

Either way, I guess that the numbers of people who have problems viewing 3D mean that 2D media will continue to be available.

Madsometimes Sun 10-Feb-13 20:51:44

I deliberately didn't go and see Life of Pi because it was too difficult to get a 2D showing (I know I could have done if I tried hard). I wanted to see the film at a time that suited me, but it was not possible. I did manage to see the Hobbit in 2D. The cinema was packed with old misery guts like me grin. It was the only 2D showing that day.

Madsometimes Sun 10-Feb-13 20:54:27

Possibly I have eye problems, but I do see the 3D effects. I even quite like them for short films. I remember seeing my first imax film over 10 years ago, and I thought it was amazing. But it was only a 45 minute nature film, not a full length movie.

JeezyOrangePips Sun 10-Feb-13 20:55:27

The first time I went to a 3d film I felt the same.

A new cinema opened where I live, and I can watch 3d there no problem.

I wonder if newer technology helps?

Branleuse Sun 10-Feb-13 20:56:00

when i saw avatar in 3d both me and dp felt nauseous, but we tried again with life of pi and it was actually ok. less of a busy film.
i still prefer 2d though

I hate it - although I have got clip on 3D thingys to go over my glasses to see if that helps at all.

JeezyOrangePips Sun 10-Feb-13 20:57:12

And while life of pi's opening sequence was fabulous in 3d, it really didn't follow through in the same way. The hobbit was better IMO because I could really appreciate the 3dness all the way through.

ilovepowerhoop Sun 10-Feb-13 22:02:50

dd cant see 3D so we dont go to 3D films - saves a fortune!

Same here, but wearing the glasses doesn't bother me so much but I can't watch 3d, sickness, dizzy, and migraine. I feel rotten for days. So no more 3d for me.

jeanmiguelfangio Sun 10-Feb-13 23:24:27

DH and fil can't see in 3D, and it makes me feel funny tbh-I'm with the OP- 2d all the way!! I'm happy to be an old gimmer

FreshLeticia Sun 10-Feb-13 23:31:28

Totally agree OP. Nausea, headache etc etc... It's vile. What the heck was wrong with 2D?
Or are they trying to get us to pretend a bit more that films are 'real life' ?

YANBU - I have only seen 1 film in 3D (Toy Story 3) and it made me feel really sick, similar feeling to travel sickness. Never again (whilst there is a choice)

redexpat Mon 11-Feb-13 08:17:40

YANBU! It's fine for a 15 minute film at Alton Towers, not for 3 hours of the Hobbit. The glasses are uncomfortable, and if the film is dull then having it in 3 does not make it more interesting!

TroublesomeEx Mon 11-Feb-13 09:43:24


I rarely go to the cinema as it's a sensory assault at the best of times - even in 2D. 3D is unbearable.

I went to the IMAX in Birmingham a couple of years ago. I sat with my eyes closed for 2andahalf hours. It was horrendous. It really reminded me of that scene out of A Clockwork Orange.

I couldn't walk out of the cinema afterwards, let alone walk down all the steps, without support and I hadn't even watched it.

Fresh I think it's because they assume we want to experience total immersion in the film. I don't.

I don't have eye problems either. I just don't want to be visually and auditorily punched in the head for a couple of hours

FeckOffCup Mon 11-Feb-13 09:51:11

YANBU I haven't bothered going to see anything in 3D for over two years because the last time I did it was impossible to get the 3D glasses to sit properly on top of my normal glasses and it really ruined the film for me, I stick with 2D now.

Silverlace Mon 11-Feb-13 09:54:33

I always go to the 2D films because I can't see 3D. I have one eye that works better than the other so will never be able to see it. It saves me a lot of money!

DeafLeopard Mon 11-Feb-13 09:54:56

YANBU - makes me feel sick and headache-y too

PretzelTime Mon 11-Feb-13 09:57:05

It either makes my eyes hurt or feels a bit "meh, this could just as well have been in 2D"

A lot of people feel the same!

drmummmsy Mon 11-Feb-13 10:02:57

ugh, i can't see it - couldn't do magic eye pics either hmm

mrsjay Mon 11-Feb-13 10:04:47

I dont see the big hooha about 3d either and it give mes fuzzy eyes and a headache and I cant see it properly either , DH bought a 3d telly waste of bloody money if you ask me, I go to the 2d showing of films dont waste your money

I once met up with friends at the cinema, everything we wanted to see was in 3D and we all wear glasses/get headaches etc.

We went to the pub!

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Mon 11-Feb-13 10:24:40

I'm not a fan either. I don't want to sit there with glasses on watching tv/ cinema.My ds won't keep the glasses on so its just bad for him. Hence 2d every time for us.

IamtheZombie Mon 11-Feb-13 10:44:30

Zombie thought she was the only one!

FeckOffCup Mon 11-Feb-13 12:02:38

I am thankful that my town has a little independent cinema that doesn't have 3D facilities, odeon have lost me as a customer because of their scarcity of 2D showings of certain films.

KatoPotato Mon 11-Feb-13 12:07:42

The eyes themselves are not built to focus on two things at once. Because of that, and 3D's tendency to go in and out of focus as objects jump forward and backward on the screen, the viewer's eyes are forced to readjust constantly throughout the movie.

i always get my lenses greasy with popcorn fingers too..

WorriedMummy73 Mon 11-Feb-13 12:12:54

Took ds to see Wreck-it Ralph in 3D on Saturday. £20 for the tickets - for one adult and one child!!! There was absolutely no need at all to watch it in 3D and I asked myself afterwards why I didn't just see a 2D version. It is a mahoosive rip-off and I totally agree that story is often sacrificed for an 'ooh, look, we poked something out of the screen at you' moment, especially in kids films. Bravo, film makers, bravo.

TandB Mon 11-Feb-13 12:16:50

It's a massive pain in the neck. There were no 2D showings of Life of Pi round here, except for random weekday matinees. I don't see the point of 3D and I don't like the glasses.

I just all feels a bit gimmicky.

TerrariaMum Mon 11-Feb-13 12:54:40

I have no peripheral vision in my left eye so anything 3D makes me feel completely nauseous. Luckily, there is nothing in the cinema I want to see. But, no OP, YANBU.

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 11-Feb-13 13:04:06

YANBU. I'm another one who feels sick after more than 10 mins of 3d. I too am looking for 2d showings of wreck it Ralph.

PretzelTime Mon 11-Feb-13 14:30:54

^ I totally agree that story is often sacrificed for an 'ooh, look, we poked something out of the screen at you' moment, especially in kids films.^

Yes! Stupid move, as it will make the movie even more boring in 2D/on DVD/on TV.

poozlepants Mon 11-Feb-13 14:37:07

DH and I both get sick and dizzy from it. We both get migraines as well so I'm not sure if thathas anything to do with it. Twice we have come away from the cinema with DS as there has only been 3D showings.

Fakebook Mon 11-Feb-13 14:41:19

I hate it too so yanbu. I went to watch Avatar with a friend in 3D and forgot to wear my contacts. I had to sit there for 3 hours watching a shit film with 3D glasses over my normal glasses. By the end my nose was about to drop off. I always make sure I book 2D versions of films now.

Thewhingingdefective Mon 11-Feb-13 14:58:43

I'm not a fan either, although Life of Pi in 3D was beautiful.

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