Pretty much what the title says. I understand that widescreen works in movie theaters, but the content will inevitably spend the vast majority of its life on the screens people have at home. Why lose so much picture real estate in favor of two thick black bars?
I’m sure there’s an obvious answer I’m missing, so please go gentle on me. I’m no cinematographer; this is just something that has been bugging me for quite some time. I feel like I’m not getting everything I could from movies/shows nowadays, because everyone seems to be determined to pursue this (imho pointless) “cinematic” look.