Believe it or not, the Avatar sequels are still going ahead. It’s been eight years since James Cameron’s ground-breaking fantasy sci-fi epic revolutionized the use of VFX in Hollywood and stormed past Titanic to become the most successful film of all time. Yet now, the film casts a much smaller shadow over the industry. Despite its gargantuan success, bringing in a record breaking $2.788bn dollars at the box office and being the inescapable pop culture phenomenon of the year, the film is seldom remembered with such enthusiastic terms. The effects remain stellar but the story easily scrutinized, and people just don’t seem to talk about it ...

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