I don't know
if we're talking fx, phantom menace is pathetic compared to this
this blows away anything before it
when they're in the forest, at times, all flora(edit) is cgi, yet completely convincing in every way
you're struck taking in the beauty of the scenery, rather than the realism of the special effects
I didn't even fully realize how good the effects were, until after I left the theatre, because they were good enough to forget they were effects.
in the preview you might be struck by some uncanny valley impressions
but when you sit through the first 15 minutes of pandora, you completely forget this stuff isn't real, and you're marveling at new species, instead of new levels of cgi.
jar jar binks looked hokey even when I first saw it.
if you can't see this movie's at a new level graphically
then your eyes might not be trained to look for such things
even gollum had unrealistic aspects to him, and the scenes with the ents in LOTR had ugly green screen artifacts,
the effects in this movie are just breathtaking
I might catch a flaw, when I see it again at imax3d tommorow