First Fan Reactions from Avatar Day - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
August 22, 2009
I have so much to say, so much to talk about regarding James Cameron's Avatar, that I don't even know where to start. But I guess I'll kick off with this video that Brandon and I shot yesterday during Avatar Day. Both of us attended the 6PM screening of footage for Avatar Day at one of the best IMAX theaters in Los Angeles. We interviewed a few groups of people before and after seeing the footage and asked them their thoughts on Avatar, both positive and negative. Interestingly, we have a mix of good and bad, in order to try and get the most well-rounded set of opinions. But we also want to know what you thought about it, too!
In regards to the video below, we couldn't find everyone we interviewed before the footage, so we did our best to find a variety of groups after, even if we hadn't talked them before. Our favorite guy was the one at the very end. He brought his young kid with him to the screening. Apparently he loved it so much that he got mad that it was over so quickly. We tried to get him on camera, too, but he was too shy. Anyway, I'm glad we got both the positive and negative feedback, because I'm fascinated by the differences of opinion on this.
In regards to my own feelings on Avatar Day, I've got to say, I was absolutely impressed once again. I sat through the footage twice in its entirety yesterday. And I think it took three complete viewings (counting the Comic-Con footage) to truly feel comfortable in the world of Avatar and on the planet of Pandora. It looks breathtaking and incredible. We haven't even seen that much yet but this 15-minute glimpse at the world that Cameron has created is mesmerizing. It looks like nothing we've ever seen before and maybe that's why there have been so many negative reactions. I don't know how people can come out of it not being amazed.
There's a very interesting mix of reactions on the web so far - SlashFilm and The Playlist and Hero Complex are worth reading. I do see where a lot of people have problems with the footage, I get it. But it's their own thoughts, and if they don't like it, that's fine. Maybe with time they'll warm up to it, I don't know. Maybe it'll take a second trailer and reviews of the finished movie to convince them to see it. Who knows? I just know that I think it looks amazing. If you attended Avatar Day as well, what did you think? Sound off below!