I haven’t seen The Phantom Menace in 3D yet. I’m not sure if I’m going to, either. Like I said back when it first came out that they were making these, I’m kind of conflicted about the idea. On the one hand, I’m curious to see how they did it, but on the other, I wasn’t completely blown away by the 3D effects in Avatar, and it was shot in 3D. And I assume that something originally designed for 3D would be superior to a movie that was subsequently converted to it. (Technically speaking, that is. I thought that as stories, Avatar was lousy and The Phantom Menace was pretty good.)
What would be really cool would be if they would make some new Star Wars movies optimized for 3D. (A Mandalorian Wars movie would be awesome.) But, let’s face it, that probably won’t happen anytime soon. And, in the end, as Avatar proves, it’s the quality of the movie that really matters. Generally, you get better results when the director’s vision drives new technology than when new technology drives the director’s vision.
Can you think of any scenario where 3D alone could make the difference between a movie being good or bad? I can’t.