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This was my first rewatch since the original theatrical run, and I feel like it holds up pretty well. Cameron has a real knack for visual spectacle, and this movie deserves to be seen in 3-D on a big screen. The story and mythology may not be the most original, but it does deliver an emotionally satisfying narrative with tons of eye-popping effects and innovative designs. In retrospect, it makes sense that this was so successful as a theme park ride. The visceral thrills are a big part of the appeal here. Looking ahead to the sequel, I'm cautiously optimistic. I don't see any great necessity to continue the story of these characters, but if they want to keep exploring that world and give us more eye-candy, maybe it will be worth seeing.

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