Many moviegoers today feel that 3D is just not necessary for a movie. It’s understandable that they feel that way. More often than not, 3D does not do anything to enhance the movie going experience. The only thing that gets enhanced are the studio executive’s wallets. However, there are some movies that come out each year where you do get the bang for your buck when you see a movie in 3D. Yesterday we covered the worst 3D movies of 2015, now without further ado, here are the best 3D movies of 2015.
This is a big surprise because usually, when Disney converts its Marvel movies into 3D, the conversion is of poor quality. Just take a look at “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In “Ant-Man,” whenever Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) shank down to ant size, the 3D actually added something to that tiny world. Hopefully, Disney will do a good job with the 3D effects next year when “Captain America: Civil War” comes out, but we won’t hold our breath on that.
#9 ‘The Good Dinosaur’
This one is a surprise too because Pixar has not found themselves in the top ten best 3D movie list since “Toy Story 3” made it in 2010. 3D always appeared to be a low priority to the Disney/Pixar people. Their projects were in 3D more because it was trending and not to help improve the quality of their movies. “The Good Dinosaur” is really the first movie where the filmmakers took advantage of the 3D technology and made it worth the audience’s while.
#8 ‘In the Heart of the Sea’
What makes 3D viewing so difficult nowadays is whether the post-production 3D conversion is good or not. When a filmmaker chooses to shoot a movie using 3D camera equipment, you really can see the difference. Thankfully, that is what director Ron Howard chose to do when he made “In the Heart of the Sea.” The 3D effects ending up being the best aspect of the entire movie.
Have you ever had the desire to climb Mt. Everest? If you saw the movie “Everest” you no long have to. First, you can see how dangerous it is and you could very well die up there. Second, the 3D effects in this movie were so good that if the movie theater had their AC cranked way it, you could actually get a sense of actually being on the famous mountain.
#6 ‘San Andreas’
If you saw the trailer to “San Andreas” then chances are you did not go into the movie with high expectations. It looked like it was going to be a silly, dumb movie and it WAS a silly, dumb movie. It was also a lot of FUN too. That part was a surprise and the best way to experience the movie was to see it in 3D.
The “Despicable Me” movies have always found themselves in the top ten best 3D movies of the year. Besides being enjoyable films, they always made the best of the 3D effects as they could. “Minions” was no exception. The movie focusing on these famous sidekicks were not as good as the other movies, but the 3D effects were once again off the charts.
#4 ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
The competition now gets fierce for the top 4 spots. I went over and over these again and again. The Florida Film Critics Circle just named “Mad Max: Fury Road” the best movie of 2015. It was not without warrant. It was a great time at the movies, we saw things on screen we have never seen before and if you were lucky enough to see it in 3D it took “WOW” to another level. George Miller truly made a new masterpiece and don’t be surprised to see his face during the upcoming awards season.
#3 ‘The Martian’
Speaking of master in the craft of filmmaking, we can never forget Ridley Scott. He had the #1 3D movie in 2012 with “Prometheus.” This time he brought the best selling novel “The Martian” to the screen in immaculate fashion. This is one of those movies that grabs a hold of you and does not let go until the end. Also, like “Everest” the 3D was so good, you no longer have to go to Mars, it was like being there.
#2 ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
It took a couple of extra hours to determine who would end up being #2 and #1 this year in the 3D movie category. Everyone was excited for Episode VII is the Star Wars franchise, but with Disney’s reputation for doing lousy 3D conversions on their Marvel movies, could we see the same here? Thankfully, no. In fact, J.J Abrams obviously shot his movie knowing it would be converted into 3D and what we got was spectacular dog fight scenes and a new Star Destroyer you could practically reach out and touch.
#1 ‘The Walk’
What helped “The Walk” secure the #1 spot was remembering how breathtaking the 3D shots were in this movie. When Joseph Gordon-Levitt begins to walk the wire between the Two Towers and the camera goes above him to shoot, we really feel we are looking at a bird’s eye view above New York City. There was a great beauty to that entire scene that we don’t often get to experience in cinema. It’s also one of those movies where if you did not see it in 3D, then you missed out.
That now completes the best and the worst we got in 3D movies in 2015. The only thing left to do is sort out the very worst and the very best for the year. Tune in tomorrow.