Can ‘Avatar’ Possibly Live Up To Its Hype?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:34 am,

avatar2 Can Avatar Possibly Live Up To Its Hype?

It’s no secret that the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster known as Avatar has already been built up to be the greatest innovation since the invention of celluloid. We’ve had praise coming out of the mouth of the director and mastermind of the project, James Cameron himself (helming his first movie since Titanic back in the late ’90s), as well as from other people involved in the project – and even by fellow filmmakers (such as Ridley Scott and Steven Soderbergh).

“Revolutionary… THE sci-fi film of the century… There will be a Before and After this movie,” – these are just some of the compliments that have been shoveled onto this thing. But can it really live up to such hype? There are movie fans from all over falling into both the “yea” and “nea” camps on that point.

However as the question of the potential and promises that come attached to the project continue to be pondered, those involved with it are still saying it is going to be that damn good. The latest is Cameron himself and star Sigourney Weaver – check out both video interviews below:

We have to remember that even though these are people intimately involved with Avatar, they still haven’t seen the finished project. Don’t get me wrong, Cameron especially (more than Weaver) would know if the technology he has practically invented to shoot the film was unlike anything people have experienced before, but at the same time even he hasn’t seen the thing in it’s entirety. And even if he had, also remember it’s his movie – the guy who’s maybe let the gargantuan success of Titanic go to his head – so of course he’s going to praise and tout it to no end.

Cameron mentions, as well as praises to high heaven, one of the film’s stars, Sam Worthington. From the trailers of the upcoming Terminator Salvation there’s just something about him that says he’s going to be a big star in the movie world in the future (ha ha, future… Terminator… get it…?) . And it’s clear from that video interview that Cameron believes that even more than I do… way more.

I am fully willing to welcome anything with open arms when it comes to Avatar. I am very willing to accept that this is going to be a revolutionary piece of sci-fi filmmaking that’s could set the standard for all other films of similar type to come. That doesn’t mean to say it will be – it could turn out to be a horrible piece of crap, or perhaps just an “okay” movie that suffered from unrealistic hype.

One things for certain, though – if the hype that’s been built up around the project thus far turns out to be entirely justified, then we are in for a real cinematic treat.

What do you make of what’s been said in these video interviews? Are you willing to take all of the hype-builders at their word?

Avatar is set to be released on December 18th this year.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. I really hope we get to see a trailer or some footage soon. Even a few small glimpses would be great because I’ve heard plenty of praise for this movie, and I would like to see this new camera innovation for myself

  2. I am entirely trusting James Cameron to deliver a film of the caliber we all know he is capable of. This is the man who gave us the “The Abyss,” “Aliens,” and “T2″… ’nuff said.

  3. I hope it would but no it cannot live up to the hype.

  4. If it doesn’t wow me like the matrix did then I’m calling it a disappointment.

  5. @cat

    I’m not at all hating on Matrix, because I absolutely love the first Matrix, but I honestly think if that’s your baseline, then this movie will definitely meet that, I’m betting it will exceed that in “wow” factor, by a mile.

  6. Yes, this film is worth the hype

  7. Avatar is that movie I think of in a “oh yeah, and that movie by James Cameron” kind of way. Not dismissively, of course, ’cause I know next to nothing about it, just that it seems to be getting a bit lost in the sea of talk over other movies this year. I haven’t been following the production of it very well, not nearly as much as some other movies coming out this year. We’ll see what happens when we finally get to see a solid trailer.

  8. Good grief James what happened to your hair?

  9. Will it be as good as the hype is leading us to believe? No. Sorry, but it’s being billed as being the greatest cinema experience we’re ever likely to have, nothing could live up to that.

    Now, Cameron isn’t one to do things half-arsed, quite the opposite in fact, which is why I’m sure it’ll certainly be good, better than most films, likely the best film of the year. But the fact is, most people will be going into this film expecting cinemas version of Nirvana (the concept, not the band) and will likely be disappointed. Personally, I prefer to go in with slightly lower expectations and be pleasantly surprised.

  10. @ BJ Jone

    Yah, I was thinking that, lol, that’s his hippy hair, lmao!

  11. I don’t support 3-D so, no I won’t be seeing this,,,

    Let’s not forget Cameron made the biggest chick flick ever, “Titanic”
    Lol,,,, :-)

  12. @790

    I consider Titanic one of those “guilty pleasure” movies – I shouldn’t like it, but I do. :-P


  13. Yeah I like TITANIC too. I love historical movies anyway, but it is a great story.

    Oh and AVATAR will be released in 2D too, so don’t miss it 790. Of course I recommend 3D or IMAX 3D for it! :-)

  14. I might go if Vic gives it a high rating and I can find it in 2-D,,,

  15. So those interviews made it seem like Avatars are like your digital self.. what in like a future MMO, where you cna be your Gnome Warrior and go fight other people or wtf? Those interviews are giving me a not good vibe.

  16. I have yet to be dissappointed w/ Cameron’s films even “Titanic” was good

  17. Yah, once a movie is made in the same number of dimensions as how we see things in real life, it automatically is gimmicky and will suck, didn’t you guys know? It has nothing to do with the director, script, acting, or anything, just whether it is in 2D or 3D.

    I have a favorite eating utensil too, I’m anti-spoon, Once a food is eaten with a spoon, I say it’s not good, fork only…


    just kidding of course…

  18. Um, why do so many people talk about the red and blue 3D. Serious question, because I havne’t seen that type of 3D for YEARS… Do people still use it??

  19. I’ll wait till I see a trailer.

  20. I don’t know, for those of you who claim this is getting so over-hyped, I disagree. Most people I ask don’t even know about this movie. I say “Avatar” and they think I’m saying James Cameron is making a movie about the cartoon. Transformers 2 definitely has more hype than Avatar, by far. It has more hype than Terminator too. It’s kind of sad actually that such a “just ok” movie can be so highly anticipated by so many people… I guess that’s why nobody actually spends the time to make quality movies anymore, why bother? Gimmicks will earn just as much money, if not more…

  21. @Ken

    Theres a difference between the hype for Avatar and just how much public awareness there is over a movie. While Avatar may not have as much public awareness as say, Terminator Salvation, or Transformers 2, it has a whole lot more hype surrounding it because Cameron et al are toting it as THE cinema experience of the decade, a revolutionary movie that’ll be one of the most original and greatest things you will ever see. So much so that out of the people who actually do know about it, a good portion of them really believe it’s going to be everything it’s being toted as.

    That’s hype.

  22. It’s all hype in one form or another. You can’t just define hype as something that applies specifically to this one situation, I get what you’re saying, but it’s all hype.

  23. ROFL All this time I thought he was Making a version of Avatar: The LAst Air bender.


  24. You know if Cameron thinks he can make a movie about those pictures by your name, he crazy.
    Doesn’t matter if its 3-D, it will fail !!! :-)

  25. @790

    If after all this hype Cameron’s movie actually does turn out to be a 90 minute movie about little 70×70 images, Cameron’s the bravest mo-fo in the business.