Avatar has been a hard film to wrestle with. When those first looks at this winter’s 3-D spectacular-spectacular dropped a couple of months ago — the teaser trailer and Fox’s Avatar Day — the footage was met with either huzzahs or harrumphs. James Cameron’s return to sci-fi filmmaking is so eagerly anticipated that everyone pounced on the first morsels of Pandorian goodness, trying to process it in one large bite, myself included.

Now that we know, to a certain degree, what we’re in for — blue aliens on a lush world doing battle with humans with big guns — it’s possible to take in the newest trailer and make some more reasoned judgments.

Like, it seems as if Giovanni Ribisi is playing the Carter J. Burke role from Aliens — the corporate stooge willing to do anything for a profit margin. And that Stephen Lang, as the jarhead in charge of the invading human forces, would make a pretty awesome Nick Fury. And that Cameron still knows how to blow stuff up — to orchestrate chaos — with the best of ’em.

There’s no way to know if Avatar‘s going to be as triumphant as we want it to be or if it’ll give truth to the statement Cameron made in The New Yorker‘s exemplary profile, “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” What do you think? Does this new look at Avatar make you more hopeful that you might’ve been before, or are you still in the wait-and-see camp?

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