I have long been a fan of 3-D movies. I love going to see them and sitting in the audience as they shriek or move to the side of the images seemingly coming right at us. There is only one problem. I can not see 3-D images. I have never been able to. What everyone else is seeing in three dimensions I see in regular two dimensions on the screen.
I am fairly certain that it is because of my eyes. I have astigmatism in both eyes and apparently from talking to other people that have astigmatism it can mess with one's ability to see 3-D images. Apparently this may also be the case with that 3-D art phase in the mid to late 90s. I am sure everyone remembers the pictures that were all jumbled up but it you looked at it "just right" you could see a 3-D image. I never saw anything but the squiggly lines.
Back to 3-D movies, however. I saw several 3-D movies back in the day when they still had the cardboard glasses, one side red, the other blue. But it never really worked for me. My thinking behind that is because I favor my right eye over my left eye. I rarely look through my left eye so with those glasses I was literally only looking through one color.
Then Real D 3-D came around and I thought my troubles were over. With Read D movies you get what basically look like sun glasses (but they have a very strict warning on the bags not to use them as sun glasses).
My family went to see Despicable Me the other weekend because my wife was in love with the little girl that gets a stuffed unicorn and loudly proclaims "It's so fluffy!". I love cartoon movies that are well written so I was all for it. We decided to watch in 3-D, so we paid the extra $2 per ticket.
We sat down and as the movie started we all put on our 3-D glasses. On the first scene an object jumps out at the people watching the movie. My wife and son jumped as it came towards the audience. I did nothing because it looked normal. At the very end of the movie you get a special 3-D treat to watch as the minions are trying to see how far out they could reach into the audience. I finally thought I had figured out which way to watch it because it looked like they were coming right at me.
Then I saw an ad for the movie a few days later and it showed that scene ... it looked exactly as I had seen it in the theater.
So I have come to a conclusion and one that makes me very sad. I am unable to watch 3-D movies or sporting events. My eyes are just not adapt to it. On the other hand I will not have to pay more for tickets again. So I guess in the end it is a lose-win situation for me.