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"Avatar" Delivers, and That May Change Everything

By December 15, 2009Newswires

"Avatar" Delivers, and That May Change Everything
by Sheryl Waxman

I just saw “Avatar.” And for the first time in a very long time, a movie that made a great, big promise delivered.

It’s been more than a year since I’ve been hearing that James Cameron would reinvent moviemaking with “Avatar.” That he was marking a milestone with this film that was the equivalent of silent films to talkies, or black and white to color.

Right. And once I heard that he was the king of the world.

Going to the movies for a grown-up is too often a series of ongoing disappointments and adjusted expectations. So I was braced for anything.

But I had learned by now to be careful in announcing Cameron’s demise just because his own overblown, self-aggrandizing pronouncements tempted one to do so. I wrote some of those epitaphs 12 years ago before “Titanic" came out, and learned my lesson then.

If that film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, “Avatar” may well bust through “Titanic’s” record.

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