I saw Gravity on a huge screen on its initial release and it’s one of the few films in recent history I would say was worth seeing in 3-D. Being on a giant screen and in 3-D really created a massively immersive experience. It wasn’t about things coming at you (though they did on occasion) but it more realistically represented the vast distances you were viewing as you gazed out into space. The amount of depth was mind blowing and really made you feel like you were there. I can see how seeing this, even in 3-D, on a smaller screen would not create that same immersive experience. I own the film and have watched it in 2-D on my tv, and it’s still a good film imo. But that theatrical experience was something wild that I just can’t see being replicated at home.
I also saw Rogue One in IMAX 3-D on a full size imax screen. That was also a really cool, memorable experience. However, I had seen the film twice in 2-D beforehand and I would definitely say that’s my preferred way of seeing it. But the imax 3-D was a really cool one time thing that I’m glad I got to enjoy.
Overall I’m not a huge fan of 3-D movies but I do enjoy them as occasional “special experiences” or when the film (such as Gravity) has a compelling reason to actually be in 3-D. I’ve seen Creature From the Black Lagoon in 3-D on 35mm, which was awesome but not the way I’d want to watch the film on a regular basis.
ChainsawAsh, if 3-D movies hurt your eyes or give you headaches I can certainly see why you wouldn’t be a fan of them. It does make me wonder if you have any issues or conditions with your vision causing these troubles? As I mentioned, I don’t watch 3-D movies often at all, but they’ve never caused me any kind of discomfort.