This may be the only blog post I ever write with no link in it. But, reading today that Avatar has finally knocked off Titanic as the #1 grossing movie of all time, one hardly needs to provide a link to either.
Given my passion for film, I just want to say: hats off to James Cameron. He may not be the most likeable character in the world. But twice now this man has taken me and countless others (a signficant percentage of the human population, in fact) to a place in film an ocean beyond (or a planet beyond) what we have ever experienced before.
Which really is a new place in consciousness, when you think about it.
I thank him for that, and everyone who helped him realize his vision.
Two pieces of advice:
- See it in 3D. It doesn’t matter how long you wait to do it. Just see it in 3D.
- Sit as close to the axis of the center of the screen as you can, i.e., both in the middle of the theatre and at the height of the center of the screen. It really helps with the 3D experience. Ironically in most 3D theaters this is usually the back row or very near it. In other words, the vast majority of the seats are way too close. Go figure.
IMAX 3-D with ‘butt woofer’ seats creates an extreme immersive experience. But perhaps all the seats in the theatre are too close. I now understand why it took him so long to make this movie — when he started, the tech wasn’t there yet.
Ia Avatar simply a story? or is there something more significant to it? Are the directors trying to enlighten us?