James Cameron recently re-watched a fully remastered version Avatar with his kids, and it got him excited for the movie’s upcoming re-release in theaters.
Are children, like many people since then? Avatar was first released in 2009, saw the film on streaming or on Blu-ray, rather than on the big screen. Seeing it in a theater with their dad made them understand its grandeur a little bit more, which Cameron said he hopes will be the case for all who see it on its September 23 reissue.
“Young movie fans have never had a chance to see it in a cinema,” Cameron said in an interview with The New York Times. “Even though they think they’ve seen the movie, they really haven’t seen it. And I was pleasantly surprised, not only how well it holds up, but also how beautiful it is in its remastered state.”
Although I’m looking forward to it AvatarWith the re-release of the film, Cameron acknowledges that cinema attendance today is different than when the record-breaking film originally came out, with many people relying on streaming and home access for their content.
“We’ve changed the world towards easy access in the home, and that has a lot to do with the rise of streaming in general and the pandemic where we literally had to risk our lives to go to the cinema,” he told the publication.
On the bright side, however, the filmmaker pointed to the “revival of the theater experience,” despite it still being about 20 percent below prepandemic levels.
“People crave that,” Cameron said. “It is slowly rebuilding. In part it was due to a lack of top titles that people would like to see in a theater. But Avatar is the billboard for that. This is the kind of movie you should see in the cinema.”
Avatar follows Sam Worthington’s Sully as he falls in love with Zoe Saldaña’s Neytiri and their combined efforts to save Pandora. Over the course of the highest-grossing film of all time, there is a prominent message about caring for the environment and the resources it provides — a message that filmmakers still try to convey to this day with projects such as Don’t look up.
While Cameron knows that people need to change their lifestyles to continue to save the environment, he explains that he doesn’t feel guilty that his “movie didn’t save the world.”
“I certainly wasn’t the only voice then, and I’m certainly not the only voice now telling people to change,” he said. “Asking people to fundamentally change their behavior patterns is like asking to change their religion.”
People don’t want to change, the Oscar winner continues, despite things like the heatwaves in China, North America and Europe, as well as the floods in Pakistan, all of which are the result of people not doing their part to care for the environment.
“Eventually we will change or we will die out. Avatar don’t try to tell you what to do specifically,” Cameron said. “It just reminds us of what we’re losing. And it puts us back in touch with that childish state of wonder about the natural world. As long as that beauty still resonates in us, there is hope.”