The Official Word on the upcoming 3D movie, James Cameron's "Avatar":
It'll probably be worth seeing in the 3D IMAX theater.
The truth! I'm putting my hard earned, well deserved, reputation on the line and saying that for the price of what the average American earns in an hour, people can see probably the most expensive 3 hours of film making ever created. You work about an hour. You reap the entertainment that took years of time, many multi-millions of dollars, and thousands of man hours to create. Goddamn right it's worth it.
Sure, you'll have to be prepared for some heavy handed, liberally slanted, hippie magic, propaganda, but the visual spectacle will be well worth it and it'll be nothing new Hollywood loves to skullfuck our eyes and ears with. Take blue, elf looking, fern gully, Pocahontas riding mythical, fantasy creatures, add aliens' power loading(complete with Sigourney Weaver from Alien(s)), robot-jox, space marines and you've got a derivative genre similar to every sci-fi-fantasy nerd's wet dreams rolled into one.
Let me translate to my fellow geeks. It's like if WOW Night Elf Mages-hunter-druid-shamens breed with Draenei and Starcraft's Protoss then fight StarCraft's Terrans while riding Mutalisk/chimera and hydra-faced, 6 legged panthers. If Blizzard hadn't stolen all their ideas from Tolkien, Doom, Starship troopers, and yes, Aliens, they might have a lawsuit on their hands. King Solomon observed there is nothing new under the sun 3000 years ago. I'm not(usually) one to hold it against anyone unoriginal today(tomorrow or any subsequent days are free game).
Sure, we'll see some Romeo/Juliet style forbidden love for women and 'the gays' which will be thoroughly unsatisfying to the men with testosterone producing balls when neither Romeo nor Juliet actually dies. It's okay because us gorilla wrestling, beer drinker types will get plenty of explosions, military action, and if I know Cameron, some softcore, yet oddly arousing, blue, alien titties.
Cameron obviously has a good record (although I hated Titanic with every fiber of my being each and every one of the three times I saw it in the theater). The music should work well, possibly create lasting associations like Terminator's thumping metallic drumbeat, or Titanic's seemingly endless "My heart will go on" bullshit everyone ate up. Thankfully there's no loudly recognizable A-listers to pull you out of the experience like your 6 year-old nephew waving at you from on stage the school's A Midsummer Night's Dream extravaganza.
No this won't be "Godfather". I'm not even expecting Bloodgasmic "Braveheart". I'm not even sure I'll like it better than Avatar, the completely unrelated, Airbending cartoon. It will definitely be a thrill ride, that with the new, expectation stomping advances in 3D viewing, an astronomical budget, and Cameron's eye for awesome will feel more immersive and exciting a show than has probably ever been seen before. Grab your popcorn, leave your brain at the door, and enjoy.
Boldly previewing where I have never gone before.