With Avatar 2, 3, and 4, just being announced to be shot in New Zealand back-to-back, I thought it was timely to once again dive into my review archives to pull out one for the first film, which I reviewed back in 2009. And yes, it has nothing to do with the fact I’m feeling a little lazy right now about writing any new reviews! So stop judging me!
When a top director hasn’t made a film in 12 years, there will always be a level of hype surrounding their return to the director’s chair. When that director happens to be James Cameron, whose last film Titanic was, and still is, the biggest financial success of any film in history, grossing over US$1.8 billion at the worldwide box office, (though now placed second, to funnily enough Avatar, and Titanic actually sits at US2.1 billion after its recent 3D rerelease, and Avatar at $2.7 billion) then that hype will be even greater.
On top of that he also directed other huge groundbreaking films such as Terminator 1 and 2, Aliens, and True Lies, and has an amazing track record as a director. So, when the first pictures started coming out of his new 3D film, Avatar, which was being touted as not only groundbreaking, but something that could change the world of film forever, people couldn’t help but stand up and take notice.
This film was visually amazing and lived up to every bit of hype that has been associated with it over the last few years. Having been shot in a new type of 3D filming, it really brought film to a whole new level and pulled the audience into a world that was created by Cameron. It’s simply stunning! (And to this day it’s still the standout 3D film in my eyes, as there have been many, and I mean many, average looking 3D films since)
Now, if you’re going to see this film then you MUST see it at the movies, and in digital 3D, as that’s the only way to get the full amazing experience this film delivers. Story wise, it’s a little derivative and there are many elements you have seen before, but as with any Cameron film it’s done with a twist. But that doesn’t change the film from being an absolutely amazing experience that everyone should see.
9 out of 10 from me!!!