And so I’ve just got back from seeing AVATAR for a second time, this viewing in 3D. I already wear glasses and was wary about my comfort level having to put on another pair and sit for 2+ hours. The last 3D movie I saw in the theater was decades ago, back when they used red/blue lenses and it was a bit hoaky. This current experience was much different.
I found myself comfortable with the 2nd pair of glasses as they rested on the top of my frames, not my nose. The 3D was much better than I expected, but it continually pulled me out of the movie to look and analyze the 3D effect. About half way through the focus on the 3D began to subside and I fell into the film. Overall a this was good experience and I’ll probably go see 3D movies in the future.
Now for what has been on my mind for many years after I heard about the deveopment of this movie; I was upset at this film before it was even finished for purely selfish reasons.
I endured a almost 13+ year hiatus from creating art. There were certain key factors that pulled me out of my self punishment and back to the craft. One of which is the work of Yukito Kishiro. Namely his series, Battle Angel Alita, known in Japan as Gunnm 銃夢. Yukito’s presentation of movement and expression completely fascinated me from the moment my friend showed me the 1990s animation. Shortly thereafter I devoured all of the original mangas and continue to read each new episode as he releases them. Beyond his incredible artwork, the story and landscape captivated me, most of all the main protagonist; Alita with her epic and tragic quest for self understanding and transcendence.
I consume a lot of media and very little of it evokes such a strong emotional response from me like this magna does.
When I heard James Cameron was reported to sign for the rights to make Battle Angel Alita a few years back I was nothing short of ecstatic. Then hearing of him putting Alita on the shelf to produce AVATAR dropped my heart on the floor. But the wait has not been as bad I as thought it would be. If Cameron can build upon what he accomplished with AVATAR and pump it into Alita I will be more than a little bit pleased.