It was only about a month ago that Ridley Scott publicly stated he was extremely impressed with what James Cameron is doing with his upcoming "revolutionary" CGI-fest known as Avatar. He effectively said he'd be following in his footsteps as far as using the technology with his own upcoming movie Forever War, as well as calling it "phenomenal." However, it seems that Scott hasn't been the only director to be wowed by Mr Cameron's work.
There have been a few directors that have been lured to the set of Avatar ever since it started filming, including the big guys, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson (you may have heard the names...), but also the diverse filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. The Ocean's and Traffic director let his thoughts be known about it a while ago, but has given some more more recently. Here's what he's had to say so far:
"Yeah, I went to the set... I can tell you that sh*t was mindblowing. The sh*t I saw was crazy. Like, craaaazy. I think it's gonna be gigantic. It's gonna be another one of those benchmarks. There's gonna be Before that movie and After."
When asked about why there aren't a lot of movies that achieve status like those which we consider classics nowadays, such as The Godfather, Soderbergh said that it was down to the sheer amount of movies that get made nowadays, that it's hard for things to have much of a cultural impact like they used to. However he continued to praise the hell out of Avatar with the following:
"I've seen some stuff and holy sh*t. It's the craziest sh*t ever. That could negate everything I just said."
At first it was just Cameron tootin' his own horn when it came to Avatar, touting his own piece of upcoming work as "revolutionary" and so forth. But the more and more the project gets talked about by various different people, it seems that the hyper praise may very well be warranted after all.
Either that, or Cameron has been putting that money Titanic made to good use...
I don't know if what we end up getting with Avatar can truly be as damn good as all the pre-praise about it is suggesting it will be, but something tells it will be one of the movie events of the decade (whether you personally end up like it or not...), that we'll pretty much never have seen anything like it before, and that it really will be like there's a Before and After the movie, as Soderbergh so bluntly puts it.
I mean, that's the way it ended up the last time Cameron was behind a camera...
Do you think that all the praise that's already being heaped onto Avatar is going to end up being warranted? Are you looking forward to the movie yourself?
Avatar is set to open on December 18th this year.
Source: ComingSoon and TotalFilm