2014 is the year the sequel to the surprise cinematic success is hitting theaters. And from what I can tell, fans are either SUPER excited about it, (blah) or wondering what all the excitement is about.
As most of you probably know, I group with the former. Avatar took the cinema by storm and wowed millions of audience members, landing James Cameron with another truck load of cash for crappy film making. If you pull the basis of your film’s plot from the Hollywood stock vault, I don’t count that as GOOD film making.
Now, as annoying as I think Grace is, she makes some excellent points when it comes to James Cameron as his typical directing route…
As unimpressed as I was with the first Avatar, I think I’ll be justified in skipping out on the sequel and let the rest of the Cameronites enjoy his upcoming cinematic failure that will most assuredly be disguised as a wonderful film due to the flashy, animated world of Pandora.
But I’m not the only one with these feelings as comments on youtube and the internet portray Avatar to be a glimpse into the future of animation, but a poor representation of what GOOD film making should be like. My pal (not really) over at Red Letter Media gives Avatar a less than stellar review…
Overall, my opinions of the film are based purely on Cameron’s inability to produce quality films that aren’t carbon copies of other successful films. I had thought Cameron hit the ultimate low point with Titanic, but Avatar proved to me that crappy films have no boundaries. And with Cameron contracted to produce two sequels, the crap will continue to pour out with the said director enjoying all it’s profits.
Of course, I have no fear that the oncoming Avatar franchise will fall short of beating out the great film franchises, such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. These films stimulate intelligent conversation and are based on good writing (with the exception of Star Wars, episodes I, II, and III) and innovative film making techniques. Everyone I’ve talked to who loved Avatar can’t really discuss anything further than how cool the action is and how AMAZING the new CGI tech is.
But even then, as I’ve had conversation with people about the film almost two years later, many of those same people have changed their minds about the film, on the verge of understanding why it really isn’t that great of a movie.
So, how well will the second Avatar do at the theaters? It’ll still bring in some dough, but I’ll bet everything I have that its 2014 release will not be what Fox studios wants. Disappointment is in the air, I can smell it!