My initial reaction to news that Baz Luhrmann was considering releasing The Great Gatsby in 3-D was probably much like yours — I vomited. Kidding. But I did scoff in bitter disbelief that someone would have the nerve to tarnish a classic piece of literature with movie adaptation featuring a (very expensive) technology trend. After a series of deep breaths, however, the anger dissipated, giving way to a thought: Have we thus far limited the potential of 3-D?
That sounds rather ridiculous considering the massive commercial and critical success of Avatar and the like. But then again, creative potential knows no bounds. Maybe we shouldn’t limit ourselves — and the filmmaking process — by thinking that 3-D only exists to make blue people seem real, make pick axes fly at our faces during horror movies, or to enchant cartoon-watching kids into silence in theaters. That would be selling it short. At least, I hope there’s more to it.
We can debate whether Gatsby is the correct movie to use in an exploration of 3-D’s storytelling limits. But do you agree, PopWatchers, that 3-D has potential beyond action-packed films? Is there a filmmaker out there who might be able to explore how to use it in a dramatic film? And is Baz Luhrmann, who has a rather innovative visual approach to his films, the right man for the job?