To 3D or Not 3D?That's the question I've been asking myself since I learned that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace will be released in 3D on February 10. I must confess that the Star Wars saga is still my favorite movie series ever. With that public, I must also confess that the prequel trilogy as a whole fell well short of my expectations. Overhyped? Probably. While Episode I isn't the worst film of the prequels, that title was awarded to Episode II: Attack of the Clones, its release in 1999 set a negative tone until Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005.
But in 3D?
Outside of my experience watching Avatar and the absolute end of the closing credits of Coraline, films in 3D simply haven't been worth the effort. I've paid to see a number of films in 3D: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Avatar, Clash of the Titans, and Monsters vs. Aliens. Again, only Avatar was truly worth watching in that format. Other than that, clouds or text float around on the screen. Besides, wearing the clunking glasses is extremely uncomfortable.
So back to Episode I. Will I go see the film in 3D? Yes, I probably will. Who am I kidding? Will it be worth it? Probably not, but I'll be happy to watch a Star Wars on the big screen again.