Now… disregarding grading, contrast issues and dynamic range, what about THE FILM?
One thing about the comments here that somewhat annoys me are the “meh, we saw it before” kind of comments. Did we really?
Yes, “hot alien chick riding the dragon” has been promised to us for aeons, way back to the Heavy Metal poster. But have we actually seen it in a movie? For those who saw the Heavy Metal movie, no, we didn’t actually get that. At all. We got a blue girl riding an uncooked plucked chicken, for 5 seconds.
Many of the things you see in this film has - yes - been “seen before” in fantastic illustrations, in graphic novels and perhaps even animation. But in “live action”? Or at least “such high-level CGI that it is pretty-much live action”?
I say, no, we have actually not.
Many of these things has been hinted at in game cinematics (mech wars) but have they ever been actually been put to celluloid? At any quality? (And do not say “Matrix Revolutions” becaue The Matrix never had any sequels, okay?)
So while a lot of these images and themes have been in our collective unconscious for decades, have they actually ever been put in an actual film, together? And at any quality worth watching?
As far as I know… NO.
I think this is exactly what Jim Cameron is planning.
This is not necessarily about things being new and “never imagined before”… it’s about never having actually seen it at this level of realism and quality and in the same story.
It’s basically 12 year old Camerons wet dream, and I applaud that. And frankly, I’ll be in line to see it, even if the CG isn’t totally “photographically real”.
I always wanted a movie with the flying alien chick on the dragon, with the mechs, with the floating islands, with the Mèziéres inspired fauna…
…looks like I’m gonna get it.
Thank you, Jim.