Iconic films of the past have have steered the course of movie making history to where it is today. The landmark films that have made advances in production techniques, cinematography and story telling that have set the benchmark for all other films to be compared against. Such films as Toy Story, Jurassic Park, The Matrix ('The Matrix' I hear you say... yes, The Matrix...with it's revolutionary bullet-time photography). A few films recently have also pushed the boundaries in new CGI and special effects. I am thinking along the likes of The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Transformers and 2012 (if you can get past the dull/non existent plot).
Firstly, Cameron has used a new 3D filming technique that he calls 'real 3D'. It was pleasing to see that the 3D was not some novel attempt to simply make objects come out of the screen and wow people with the 'look, it's right in front of my face' factor. Instead the 3D element gives the film a more realistic depth of field, which feels more natural to watch as this is how your eyes view objects in the real world.
Secondly, whenever I watch a film, I want to be taken on an adventure and lost in the story, I want to feel like I have seen new things and been completely submerged in the surroundings. Cameron does this magnificently with Avatar, he takes you on a journey into another world and envelopes you into a new culture and alien civilisation. You feel like you are discovering the sights and sounds of a new planet for yourself. If you can deliver this experience to an audience, then you know it has to be a pretty good film...Avatar is not just a film though, if you watch it in 3D as it was meant to be viewed, then it is a full on experience to another realm!
Avatar comes fully recommended as one of the must see film of 2009.