How great will the filmmaking technology on display be that Cameron's been working on for the last 10 years? Well, say what you will about Titanic, but the special effects in that movie revolutionized filmmaking at the time. Will lighting strike twice? Check out the trailer below (thanks to FirstShowing) and you be the judge.
Two things that you need to first note about the movie. 1) Its shot entirely in HD so you don't get the real feel for the movie without the trailer being in Hi-Def and 2) The film will be in a totally new immersive type of 3D that Cameron has created which looks so good, filmmakers that have seen it say that they will no longer shoot movies the traditional way, but will use this type of 3D filmmaking from now on. So those are just two things to keep in my mind while first impressions of the trailer swim in your head.
As for me, I think the film looks beautiful, a wonderful mix of sci-fi and fantasy. However, the trailer does give off a Final Fantasy: Spirits Within vibe to me, which is never good because that film was the first film to utilize photorealistic cgi and was an absolute terrible mess. Still Avatar is a movie I've been waiting all year to see. My expectations are absudly high for this film and if it's not the revolution in cinematic filmmaking Cameron purports it to be... I may just sit and cry, sobbing in the dark theater as my fellow movie patrons file out and Penny looks on at me in disgust. Please Cameron, I trust you. Please don't make a grown man cry for dissapointment. Please?