Is anyone excited about Avatar 2, or is James Cameron’s 3D revolution doomed? | Movies

As far as we all know, there’s no such factor as time journey within the Avatar universe, which is bizarre as a result of there was a definite whiff of 2009 coming off this week’s trade stories about a screening of the primary trailer for the newly titled Avatar: The Way of Water. The Hollywood Reporter said delegates at CinemaCon in Las Vegas had been wowed by the film’s spectacular 3D and excessive body rate, which twentieth Century Fox and Disney shall be rolling out throughout the globe when the film lastly hits multiplexes in December. You’d assume no more than a few years had passed by for the reason that launch of the unique Avatar, a time when it felt like the whole movie trade was about to undergo a radical journey into high-end stereoscopy and accelerated body charges. Unfortunately for Hollywood, it has really been greater than a decade since we final frolicked with Jake Sully and his Na’vi comrades. Are we anticipated to get excited about these items another time?

The drawback with 3D is that it has had extra comings than Jesus caught in a time loop. There was the unique Nineteen Fifties part, then that transient interval within the Eighties when Jaws 3-D landed at cinemas, and eventually round 2009 when James Cameron appeared to assume stereoscopic film-making was about to change into extra widespread than the Beatles. In between every now and then we’ve additionally had 3D TVs, which ran out of steam round 2017 amid a refrain of unbothered shrugs. As for greater body charges, Peter Jackson was pressured to uninteresting down his Hobbit trilogy after viewers complained they didn’t actually need to see Bombur’s blackheads in such excruciating element when viewing An Unexpected Journey at 48-frames per second.

The making of Avatar 2.
Not drowning however waving … The making of Avatar 2. Photograph: © 2021 twentieth Century Studios. All Rights Reserved

Cameron would argue, and has many times, that the issue with such highfalutin tech is that solely he is able to executing it correctly. As a results of Avatar, each studio began releasing films in 3D as a result of Hollywood labored out that it might add a premium to ticket costs for these screenings. Most of those movies, not like Avatar, had been shot in 2D after which transformed in postproduction, a technique some studios claimed made no distinction to the completed end result.

This wasn’t all the time the case. Anyone unlucky sufficient to view 2010’s Clash of the Titans in stereoscopy shall be effectively conscious that some conversions made for an expertise roughly equivalent to having your eyes put through a meat grinder repeatedly for 90 minutes-plus. Others simply gave individuals a headache.

Perhaps Avatar: The Way of Water will flip all this round, and we’ll abruptly begin reaching for the 3D glasses and willingly paying that additional £3 another time. But it appears unlikely. The drawback for Hollywood is that Avatar films appear to return alongside solely as soon as a decade (Cameron says Avatar 3 will arrive in 2024, however we’ll imagine that once we see it), which suggests we’re most likely going to have to sit down via a hell of a whole lot of dangerous or pointlessly 3D films earlier than the following one comes out.

Having mentioned all this, there’s one thing ineluctably enticing about the concept you’re about to witness a film that can look and sound higher than something ever seen within the multiplex. This is exactly why Avatar broke the world file for highest field office gross within the first place – it definitely can’t have been for its unique storytelling – and why Greenwich Imax is normally much more packed out than the Odeon in Beckenham, regardless of tickets on the latter costing about 1 / 4 of the value.

Director James Cameron on set with actor Edie Falco.
Director James Cameron (pictured on set with Edie Falco) appeared to assume stereoscopic film-making was about to change into extra widespread than the Beatles. Photograph: Mark Fellman

Avatar: The Way of Water guarantees to envelop us as soon as once more within the gloriously trippy wildlife of Pandora. This time we’re advised we shall be visiting a coastal Na’vi tribe and be launched to varied new water creatures, all of whom we are able to assume will nonetheless have these swishy USB-compatible tails that enable them to hook up with Jake and Neytiri. We’ll additionally uncover (I hope) how the bejesus Sigourney Weaver’s Dr Grace Augustine and baddie Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) are nonetheless alive, regardless of each having been conked within the earlier film. We would possibly even discover out why, on Pandora, Kate Winslet had to learn to hold her breath for seven minutes under water, regardless of taking part in a Na’vi via (we presume) movement seize. It’s all going to be splendid.

Will it reinvigorate the 3D/excessive frame-rate revolution as soon as once more? Let’s face it, the possibilities of this taking place are about as excessive as Quaritch coming again as a sentient tree. On the opposite hand, this is a world the place Gaia really is a sentient tree that may be tapped up for a fast chat about the climate everytime you fancy it, in addition to a world during which mountains float. Stranger issues have occurred.

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