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Caught the 12:01am showing of Avatar in 3-D tonight. Believe the Hype - It was absolutely outstanding and is without a doubt a MUST see. It is visually STUNNING and emotionally engaging on a level I haven't felt in a long time. It almost felt as if I was actually in the movie experiencing everything Jake Sulley was. It felt more like a cutural experience than a movie. Hard to explain.
Compared to what else is coming out in theaters these days, Cameron raises the bar so high I do not think anyone (not everyone, anyone) else will come close for several years to come. The attention to the details was incredible. Ive never seen anything like it.
A tip, make sure you see it in 3-D, pay the extra money for it, absolutely worth it. Do not allow yourself to see it in 2-D if the 3-D theaters are sold out...just wait and see a 3D showing. With previews, its almost 3 hours long, so this is something I cannot watch too many times over, but I will absolutely be going again to see it in theaters.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this will give Titanic a run for its money in worldwide sales (Which is 1.8 Billion Dollars, yes you are reading this correctly). Expect it to shatter most of the US records, and deservedly so.
If you have very young children, it is not for them, and just FYI there's a lot of swearing.