By Allie Lincoln and Reagan O’Farrell
Sophomore Sydney Marlow walks into the theatre carrying a bag of perfectly buttered popcorn with a pair 3D glasses gripped tightly in her free hand. Usually the 3D effects make her head ache, but the reviews she read made this movie hard to pass up. She takes a seat next to her younger brother and anxiously awaits the start of the film.
“A movie I remember seeing in 3D that I absolutely loved was G-Force. I remember I jumped in my seat because I thought it was so real,” said Marlow.
The movie G-Force is a prime example of the variety of audiences that 3D movies may captivate.
“I believe 3D movies attract a combination of younger kids and folks from the 70s, when 3D hit it big for the first time,” said history teacher Dan Derda.
Freshman Noah Hankins is a part of that younger generation. He explained that he goes to the movie theatre often to watch the newest 3D movies.
“I’d rather see a 3D movie because when you see it in 3D, it feels like you are in the story. The action is so much better,” he said.
Despite his positive outlook on the latest special effects, many other students believe 3D movies aren’t worth the excess cost.
“When you pay a dollar or two extra, you expect to see a lot of enhancements, but you don’t. I think that’s why a lot of people nowadays don’t go see 3D movies all the time,” said Marlow.
According to Variety magazine, there has been a 3.4 percent increase in ticket prices since last year. The cost may have been one of the factors of why there has been a decline in the number of people going to see 3D movies.
In December of 2009, Avatar hit theaters. As stated by Boxofficemojo, Avatar has since then maintained the highest lifetime gross earnings at 760,507,625 dollars. Jurassic World, which was released in 2015, stands in second place at 642,978,555 dollars. This is nowhere near Avatar‘s record, which has remained standing for almost six years.
Science teacher David Traughber understands why Avatar is still in first place, even if he doesn’t enjoy 3D movies very much.
“Avatar had some pretty good 3D effects. I remember some of the scenes from the forest were right in front of my face. That was pretty cool,” said Traughber. “But I was disappointed when I took my grandkids to see the 3D Beauty and the Beast remake. It was cheaply done.”
Junior Taylor Willhoite shared Traughber’s disappointment and thoughts concerning the 3D decline.
“When you take the glasses off, it’s blurry. When they’re on, it’s not as much of a difference as you would expect it to be,” said Willhoite. “They’re not that popular, but they’re still out there.”
The high cost of going to the theatre and the lack of getting the money’s worth of the effects leads Marlow to seek a different solution to the problem.
“They have 3D TV’s. Honestly, when I get older, I’m getting one. That way, everything is in 3D, and I don’t have to go to the movies,” said Marlow.
Derda also agrees with Marlow. The high price of movies discourages him from going to the theatre at all.
“Overall, [3D movies] are a form of entertainment. It’s the escapist ideology,” said Derda. “Though, the cost of just going to the theatre is outrageous.”