Talking to director Joseph Kosinski, Kyle Buchanan of Vulture turns up an unexpected reference point that suggests 3D is looked at by many as just the latest technological advancement in the ever-changing world of film.
The movie starts in 2-D and becomes 3-D once the hero, Sam, finally enters the computer-animated world. Is that your hat tip to The Wizard of Oz?
Oh yeah, absolutely. That’s using the power of 3-D in a way that’s story-driven, so the idea of going 3-D when Sam looks up at that Recognizer, to me, that was a great opportunity to take it to the next level. If you go see the movie in IMAX, when he sees that Recognizer, the frame goes into a larger format and the top and bottom bars come off the screen. It becomes another level to take it to, which is cool.
It kind of freaks me out, though, that in a generation or two, people might look at the 2-D segment of the movie like we now look at —
— the black-and-white segment of The Wizard of Oz! You wonder if kids growing up these days are going to accept 2-D, right? If they grow up knowing 3-D’s out there…
When Dorothy wakes up at home at the end of “The Wizard of Oz” and claims she’s “not going to leave here ever, ever again,” we don’t really believe her. After all, Oz was in splendid color and Kansas is all shades of grey. With the current average state of 3D presentation, I can’t yet picture thinking the same for it — “this real world looks so flat now.” But how “TRON”‘s turns out remains to be seen.