Avatar director James Cameron says the film deserves to be seen on the big screen, saying even those who’ve only seen it at home “didn’t really see it.”
During an interview with The New York Times, the 68-year-old filmmaker explained why watching Avatar at home is not like theatres.
“Young movie fans never got the opportunity to see it in a movie theater,” he explained of Avatar’s recent release in theaters. “Even though they think they may have seen the movie, they haven’t actually seen it. And I was pleasantly surprised, not only at how well it holds up, but how gorgeous it is in its reconstructed state. “
Avatar is going back to theaters worldwide with a remastered release on September 23, 2022. However, Cameron admits it’s not exactly what it was in 2009… at least when it comes to how we watch movies.
“We have found a turning point in the world towards easy access to the home,” he said. “And it has a lot to do with the rise of streaming in general and the pandemic, where we literally had to risk our lives to go to the movie theaters.”
It is true that the pandemic caused a lot of damage to the box office, where online streamers prospered. But now, Cameron thinks a “resurrection of the theater experience” is already happening.
“People are craving it,” Cameron said. “It’s slowly building back up. Partly it’s because of the lack of top titles that people would like to see in theatres. But Avatar is the poster child for that. It’s the kind of film you have to see in the theatre. Is.”
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Avatar was originally released in 2009 and quickly became the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing $2.8 billion at the box office. It was also well received by the critics.
IGN’s Avatar review gave it a 9/10 and said: “James Cameron pulled it off. […] Neither the marketing of the film nor the sizzle reel roadshow in which 20th Century Fox and Cameron did Avatar did justice. You just have to see it to believe it.”
This is Avatar: The Way of Water – the perfect time to re-release ahead of the upcoming sequel that debuts in December. It’s been twelve years since the original Avatar first hit theaters, and audiences may need a few reminders before watching the sequel. What better way to go back to the cinema and watch it on the big screen?
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him Twitter,