With all the talk about how bad the current 3D boom in cinema supposedly is, doesn't anybody remember how the demise of silent movies practically inhibited all creativity? How adding colour killed off artistic expression? And how CGI made everything artificial and bland? Oh, it didn't and the cinema is very much still alive, with countless multi-million revenue productions and artistically low-budget movies each year?
Nay-sayers like Mr. Ebert may be right in some regards for now, but the third dimension, with all its limitations we currently have, is not just another hyped technology. It is a new tool supporting artistic expression, a new language to tell a story in a never-before-seen way. Of course the language has to be learned, its limits and its unique possibilities have to be discovered. And sure enough we'll have to endure a huge amount of mediocre and even bad 3D movies now. Like we have in 2D. But we're also going to see some beautiful excellently staged stories that are best told using this means of expression becoming widely available. Or that even couldn't be told otherwise.
If the audience accepts this new way, technology and artistic expression will evolve further. If it doesn't, it will remain a short interlude in the rich history of cinema. Either way, it's good that people are getting creative with it and add another dimension to storytelling, hopefully not only in a geometric way.