When the opportunity presented itself, I took advantage – Avatar has been re-released in IMAX 3D and I decided to end my embargo on the film. Why did I refuse to see the film for such a long time in the first place, you may ask? The reasons are several fold – among them:
- my often stated (and well documented – see below) resistance to embrace the 3D craze that is poised to take over cinema
- the extremely delayed realization that Titanic was a pretty lame movie; as a result not wanting to believe the hype of another James Cameron movie
So, the afternoon, as I took the escalator up to the IMAX theater of the Lincoln Square Cinema, my expectations were rather low ….. but as the closing credits rolled and afterward, I took stock of the experience and assessed what I had learned:
- I was wrong to wait so long to see this movie
- I forgot all the stuff I really liked about James Cameron prior to Titanic – he made several fun action-packed movies that I enjoyed watching during the 80’s and 90s, and
- not all 3D has to give you headaches – no headaches here!
As you can tell from my list, I was pleasantly surprised that I saw this film – I really went with it. Has it changed my perception of 3D? Not really sure at this point but I after seeing Avatar on the big screen, I cannot imagine seeing this film anywhere else. It truly was a cinematic event.