Avatar may have been the highest-grossing film of all time for a while, but a lot of fans have pointed out that the film and story were pretty forgettable despite its achievements in CGI. With the sequel set to come out later this year, director James Cameron says that the haters online are just trolling the film.
Cameron tells /Film:
“The trolls will have it that nobody gives a s*** and they can’t remember the characters’ names or one damn thing that happened in the movie … Then they see the movie again and go, ‘Oh okay, excuse me, let me just shut the f*** up right now.’ So I’m not worried about that.”
If anything, 20th Century Studios is setting up a re-release this coming September to remind fans of the entire lore surrounding Avatar. While some fans may think that the sequel may be too late, I think the world is plenty colourful that it makes sense that Cameron and Disney would want to continue building a franchise around it.
Admittedly, the original Avatar does have some story elements that won’t work today— what with Jake Sully being the ‘white savior’ character —but I think the film has a lot of places to go, especially now that they’ve moved past the Pocahontas narrative of the first film.
I honestly don’t know how Avatar is going to hold up in theaters, but I think if they create a story with mass appeal for adults and kids, then Cameron could be looking at another mega-hit.
Catch Avatar: The Way of Water when it hits cinemas on Dec. 16.