Just came back from a pre-premiere 3D viewing of Avatar.
It was a sheer blast and impossible to describe with words as the experience is something I have never witnessed before.
Serisouly, don't watch this anywhere else than in a 3D cinema! You will realize for the first time what it means to really get immersed into a fatastical world.
For those who don't know, James Cameron developed a new 3D stereoscopic camera system ('Virtual Camera' ) that allows him to see his actors turned into CG characters and set in CG environments in real-time while shooting and also lends extensive 3D depth to the images. CG effects are no longer an exclusive part of post-production that need to be inserted afterwards but can be viewed and altered during shooting according to the director's and actors' needs.
Find all the details here and here:[link][link]
And now look forward to seeing it on the big screen in 3D (and nowhere else...)!
Story-wise it's pretty familiar stuff but with lots of incredibly rich new concepts that make this a unique saga. I read that Cameron invented a logically built-up new language with a linguist just for the movie and created a Pandora encyclopedia (Pandora Pedia) naming and describing every animal and plant on the planet. You can literally feel and see the energy that went into creating everything. The creature designs alone are stunning!
This is a BIG comeback for Cameron, he spent the last 12 years on this and actually waited for technology to reach a level that would enable him to shoot Avatar. Now that's what I call dedication.
There is a few scenes and one-liners that are a little cheesy, but I think Cameron very-well managed to create what one would call a new Sci-Fi - Fantasy Epic.
He's planning to make this a trilogy.
Oh yeah, almost forgot. This has Sigourney Weaver in it :3
Now I can't wait for his Battle Angel Alita...