Out of the last three films I've seen at the cinema two have been in 3D, Toy Story and Up. (I wish I could tell you what the third was but I've been sworn to secrecy. All I can say is it'll be coming to a cinema near you in 2010, and it's not Alice).
I've enjoyed both 3D experiences. Compared to watching 3D films in the 80s and 90s, where it was often akin to having a needle thrust into your eyeball for 90 minutes, today's state of the art 3D systems are incredibly easy on the eye. And I am very much looking forward to seeing A Christmas Carol, Avatar, Alice In Wonderland, Toy Story 3 and Tintin in 3D.
But does every movie need to be in 3D?
Yesterday I read that Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's upcoming horror film Cabin In The Woods has had its release bumped from this coming February until January 2011 just so they can add another dimension. While Neil Marshall has just signed on to direct Burst for Sam Raimi's Ghosthouse Productions and that too will be in 3D. Everyone, it seems, is doing the 3D thing.
Don't get me wrong, I understand the reason for it. I know studios and filmmakers are trying to give audiences a reason to go to the cinema to see a film, and not just wait for the DVD or Blu-ray or watch an illegal download.
But where will it end? Will we get to the stage that every movie is made in 3D. And will 2D go the way of black and white?