I saw “Green Hornet” tonight at the theater. I don’t have a lot to say. If you like Seth Rogan, you’ll likely like the movie. It’s not a bad movie, but neither is it a good one. It was entertaining in a Seth Rogan way.
What’s got my hackles and my blogging on is the fact that the only choice at the theater was to see this film in 3D and pay the extra 3D tax. This is a double insult because the 3D in question is the crap they bolt on at the end after they’ve already finished the movie.
It made the movie worse. If you can find it in non-3D, definitely go there. In fact, wait for the (non-3D) DVD. The 3D was so bad as to be distracting, confusing and the only really lasting effect was the glasses make the screen a bit dimmer. In fact, the best 3D effect in the movie was the ending credit roll.
I’m not saying that I don’t see the 3D effect or that it causes me too much eyestrain. It was generally annoying, but I “get” it. The problem is: it looks like a pop-up book with rows of things in front of other things. And even then, the 3D effect is destroyed if your eye looks near the edge of the screen.
In fact, for most of the film, the only time I noticed the 3D effect is when it annoyed me. I found it particularly difficult to watch the action scenes and felt that I was missing the best parts of the movie. When many things were moving on the screen at one time, I found the 3D effect got in the way of my eyes quickly moving to look at action as it moves. I think that I’m not going to really appreciate the movie until I can get my hands on a 2D copy.
I understand the technology. I had 3D glasses for my SGI workstation in 1991 or so. I had 3D glasses also for my Amiga also in 1991. They worked. They were shutter glasses — just like the ones we use today (although they ran at half the frequency). I brought a couple new movie pair home to pull apart, but I expect they work the same way — IR signaling to LCD shutters.
So why is 20 year old technology worth an extra five bucks … especially when it’s poorly executed. I can tell you one thing: I may go see a properly made movie, but I will wait for the video if they don’t give me the choice on a poorly made one again.