"Few films return us to the lost world of our first cinematic experiences, to that magical moment when movies really were bigger than life (instead of iPhone size), if only because we were children. Movies rarely carry us away, few even try. They entertain and instruct and sometimes enlighten. Some attempt to overwhelm us, but their efforts are usually a matter of volume. What’s often missing is awe, something Mr. Cameron has, after an absence from Hollywood, returned to the screen with a vengeance. He hasn’t changed cinema, but with blue people and pink blooms he has confirmed its wonder."
Avatar currently sits at 83% on RT and a stout, surprising 83 on Metacritic. Tomorrow it all goes down. I personally find comparisons to The Jazz Singer ('27) or Gone With the Wind ('39) in terms of changing the climate or possibilities of the movie medium over-exaggerated, but of course, admittedly, I haven't seen it. As much as I've been somewhat resenting this day (tomorrow) all year, I admit I'm personally very excited for tomorrow.