Avatar director James Cameron says the film has to be seen on the big screen, going so far as to say those who have only watched it at home "really haven’t seen it."

Avatar Director Says People Who Watched It at Home 'Really Haven't Seen It'

Avatar director James Cameron says the film has to be seen on the big screen, going so far as to say those who have only watched it at home "really haven’t seen it."
During an interview with The New York Times, the 68-year-old filmmaker explained why watching Avatar at home just isn’t the same as in theaters.
“Young film fans never had the opportunity to see it in a movie theater,” he explained, regarding the recent re-release of Avatar in theaters. “Even though they think they may have seen the film, they really haven’t seen it. And I was pleasantly surprised, not only at how well it holds up but how gorgeous it is in its remastered state.”
Avatar is heading back to theaters worldwide in just a couple of days with a remastered release debuting on September 23, 2022. However, Cameron admits that it isn’t quite the same as it was in 2009… at least when it comes to how we view films.
“We’ve got a turn of the world toward easy access in the home,” he said. “And that has to do a lot with the rise of streaming in general, and the pandemic, where we literally had to risk our lives to go to the movie theatre.”
It’s true that the box office suffered immensely due to the pandemic, where online streamers prospered. But now, Cameron feels the “resurgence of the theatre experience” is already happening.
“People are craving that,” said Cameron. “It’s slowly building back. Partly it’s been because of a dearth of top titles that people would want to see in a theater. But Avatar is the poster child for that. This is the type of film that you have to see in a theater.”
Every Actor and Character Confirmed for the Avatar SequelsClick through to see every character and actor confirmed for the Avatar sequels.Sam Worthington as Jake Sully
Sam Worthington's Jake Sully will continue to serve as the series' main protagonist. Jake has fully embraced his role as a member of the Na'vi and leader of the Omaticaya, but he'll be forced to confront new threats as the RDA returns to exploit Pandora and the other moons of Polyphemus.Zoe Saldana as Neytiri
Zoe Saldana is reprising the role of Neytiri, skilled warrior and huntress and consort to Jake. She'll also be taking on a new role in the sequels as a mother.CCH Pounder as Mo'at
CCH Pounder is returning as Mo'at, Neytiri's mother and the spiritual leader of the Omaticaya tribe.Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver is returning in Avatar 2, though not as Dr. Grace Augustine (who died in the first movie). It's unknown what role Weaver might be playing this time, though it's possible Grace, like Jake, has a twin sibling somewhere in the galaxy.Joel David Moore as Dr. Norm Spellman
Joel David Moore will return as Dr. Norm Spellman, one of the RDA scientists who sides with the Na'vi against the RDA. It's unknown if Norm, like Jake, has chosen to live fully as a Na'vi or if he'll remain in his human body.
Avatar was originally released in 2009 and swiftly became the highest-grossing film of all time, with a staggering $2.8 billion box office haul. It was well received by the critics, too.
IGN’s Avatar review gave it 9/10 and said: “James Cameron pulled it off. [...] Neither the film's marketing nor the sizzle reel roadshow that 20th Century Fox and Cameron went on have done Avatar justice. You just have to see it to believe it.”
It also happens to be the perfect time for a re-release ahead of Avatar: The Way of Water – the upcoming sequel that debuts in December. It’s been twelve years since the original Avatar first hit theaters, and audiences might need a bit of a reminder before they see the sequel. What better way than to head back to the cinema and watch it on the big screen?
Want to read more about Avatar? Check out new plot details from the Avatar sequel as well as what Ubisoft is doing with the upcoming video game, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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