Nostalgia Nonsense #6 – Avatar (2009)


It’s no secret that ‘m not the biggest fan of 3-D movies.

Of the few that I’ve seen in recent years, only one felt justified to be watched in 3-D and that is Avatar.

Most films use 3-D as a gimmick and it really should only be used when it can really enhance the story to watch things come out of the screen.

As a kid in the 80’s, I remember on numerous occasions getting a set of paper 3-D glasses in Mad Magazine or some other kind of magazine.


When movies have a 3-D or 2-D option, I usually chose the 2D one, not because of the extra surcharge for the 3-D, but rather because of the fact that I actually find that it detracts from my viewing pleasure instead of the other way around like it should.

The glasses are uncomfortable and make me sweat and they get steamed up and sometimes it even gives me a slight headache.


Avatar is notably different because in order to enhance the other-worldly feeling, the 3-D effects work very well and it really helped cement the idea of being transported to a world unlike our own far away.

I know that a lot of people really hate this movie, but it’s actually one of my favorites from 2009 and I believe that this was one of the best movies made to be seen in the theater.

If only more filmmakers would think like Cameron and find ways to enhance our movie-going experiences…



3 thoughts on “Nostalgia Nonsense #6 – Avatar (2009)

  1. Personally, I credit this movie with 3D’s resurgent popularity. In the couple years before this, 3D started popping up again but was seen simply as a gimmick and no movie had it really right. Then Avatar came along with awesome 3D effects and everyone wanted to have the next best movie in 3D! So every blockbuster since came out in 3D. I’m iffy on using it. I’ll choose a showtime that works for me, whether it’s 3D or 2D. More often than not, though, I opt for 2D.

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