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You can chalk James McAvoy (Professor X in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class”) as another non-fan of Hollywood and the world’s current obsession with all things 3D. (Socks 3D! Now you can wear your socks in 3D!) While out promoting “First Class”, McAvoy made his opinions known about 3D.
I think it’s good thing X-Men is not 3D. In fact, thank God this movie is not in 3D. 3D it just an excuse to charge you an extra ten bucks at the theatre. And then in the end it’s not 3D at all, it’s just a waste of money.
McAvoy is especially a non-fan of the post-conversion method, whereby movie studios take a film shot in 2D and pay a hefty fee (in the millions) to convert the movie into a 3D picture, the results of which are, shall we say, less than spectacular. “Clash of the Titans” has been the whipping boy for this:
I maintain you can’t do a good conversion of a two-hour movie with high quality in a few weeks like they tried to do with Clash of the Titans. I don’t mean to throw that movie under the bus because my buddy Sam [Worthington, star of Avatar] is in it, but I think everybody realised that this was a point at which people had gone too far.
Everyone seems to agree that “Clash of the Titans’” 3D really stunk up the joint, but that didn’t exactly stop it from still making $493 million worldwide, with a sequel (yes, in 3D) on the way. If even something as bad as that can make half a billion dollars, you sort of understand why studios are obsessed with it.