I could go on about:
- The mind blowing animation
- The engaging story line with it's multitude of poignant social commentaries
- How Zoe Saldana is the luckiest (self-proclaimed) sci-fi geek, first scoring the role of Uhura in Star Trek, and now costarring in Avatar
- My excitement that it brings sci-fi to a wider audience
- James Cameron's epic biography that has brought him to this point
Avatar has ensured that 3D will dominate the future of film, but not for any of these reasons. James Cameron has set the standard for 3D as a story-telling art form.
There was zero gimmick. I never felt like the fact that the movie was 3D was shoved in my face.
The third dimension was not used to create an experience in and of itself, but it was utilized as one of many tools (such as audio and color).
Within minutes you forget that you are watching a "3D movie". This is not to say that the third dimension is not appreciated. In fact, I can't think of a scene where the heightened sense of clarity and depth of 3D did not amplify the story. You forget that it is a "3D movie" in the same sense that you "forget" that color schemes and soundtracks are used to convey emotions, and resultantly, amplify the audiences immersion in the story.
The beauty is not in the flashy effects, but in the subtle angles and perspectives of the artists eye. I anticipate many film makers will learn, replicate, and continue to evolve this art in ways that the audience does not, and needs not, fully appreciate. We will simply appreciate more immersive stories through film.
I'd love to hear your thoughts. What did you think of Avatar (the story or the films significance in other capacities)?