First Avatar screening receives a standing ovation!

Moviegoers in London rose to their feet in praise of James Cameron's new SF feature Avatar, lauding the technical achievements of the hugely expensive epic, CNN reports.

Cameron has reinvented genre cinema before with the still-pretty-awesome CGI of 1992's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. He then went on to direct Titanic, which would become the highest-grossing film of all time. To say that after a 12-year absence from features the stakes were high for Cameron would be an understatement, given that Cameron developed entirely new camera systems to create the world of Pandora, where his 3-D saga takes place.

But considering the reception that Avatar has gotten in London prior to its general release, and the fact that according to the Hollywood Reporter the film was named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Online, there's the possibility that Cameron might be able to pull off creating yet another turning point in movie history.

So, what do you think? Will Cameron's big gamble pay off? Or will most people just dismiss Avatar as Dances With Smurfs? And will we have to look forward to sequels made by other, less talented people with titles like Avatar Salvation?

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