Avatar


Okay, just got back from seeing James Cameron's latest flick. And though my expectations were not that high based on the last trailer, I was blown away! This is entertainment at its best!

Visually, it's the most astonishing movie I have ever seen. Cameron went a bit overboard with the imagery and the special effects, but it amazes you at every turn. Avatar just set a new benchmark in the industry.

Okay, so story-wise it's nothing to write home about. It's some kind of hybrid between Pocahontas and Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, but on steroids!

Unless you live in a small-ass town where it's not available, do yourself a favor and go see this film in 3D. Feels like you're on LSD with all the colors and the visual effects!:P

Excellent stuff, all around. I was afraid that the movie being nearly 3 hours would make it a bit overlong, but Cameron keeps things interesting enough that the pace never feels sluggish. Although the entire story feels like déjà vu, Cameron manages to suck you into it and keep you interested till the end.

Great stuff!=)

19 commentaires:

Colin said...

Tonight at 10:30 IMAX 3D

Anonymous said...

Funny, how almost every review says the exact same thing. Derivative, unoriginal and STUNNINGLY good :D

Maurice said...

I saw it two nights ago and I really enjoyed it. I think what I enjoyed the most was the film didn't set out to insult the viewer's intelligence and had so little exposition and actual character development. And of course the visuals are amazing. Nothing else like it.

Chris said...

I really loved the 3D on Ice Age and this one should be even better. Hope to see it soon!

Ted in Durham said...

I saw a lot of 'Fern Gully' in it too, and was also completely blown away.

Knightfall1138 said...

I really want to see it in 3D, but I'm afraid it'll mess with the glasses that I already wear. Sucks to be near-sighted. =(

Roland said...

Juhan, this applies to every single Jim Cameron movie. Avatar is THE best SF movie since... well, since I can't even say how long. The guy is once again writing history.

Btw, Hamlet was also derivative. Crime and Punishment is WAY derivative. It's all in the execution.

DaveyD said...

Just got back from the movie. It is all still sinking in. I didn't realize Cameron had this kind of movie in him. Quite possibly a new all time favorite.

Jebus said...

Bets visual effects EVER. I was prepared to hate this film due to the obvious story line but I just didn't care once the 3D world came to life. Gonna have to see it a couple more times, maybe in Imax if I can.

I also was quite pleased that the story was just allowed to unfold - it's basic but it doesn't treat you like an idiot.

Colin said...

This thing is amazing. See it in
3D...amazing

Joe said...

Seen this at the local Imax which has just opened and it was my first 3D experience and wow, what a film and what an experience.

William said...

going to see it tonight in 3D....cant wait!!!...and Knightfall1138 I wear glasses and saw Up in 3D, they fit over my glasses no problem at all so go see it in 3D....

Melissa (My World) said...

Thanks for letting me know of the movie. We have been wanting to go see it here, but I have been putting it off. Now that I know it is good, we will have to go, though it probably wont be till after the holiday. I hope it is still out then.

Thanks again!

Knightfall1138 said...

@ William

Ah, thanks much for that info. I'll probably be giving it a try then.

Nathan said...

I saw it in 3D yesterday and was blown away. Going to see it again in 3D (want a closer seat, as I was on back row.)

I wear glasses, btw, and no problems with 3D glasses fitting over mine, but I do have smallish frames.

Here's my min-review:

I'd give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It could have cultivated some amazing "wow" scenes by focusing more on the characters and less on the action, but it did a pretty good job of this balancing act.

Noticeably absent: humor and lightheartedness (no Han Solo character.)

Also, the evil characters were so cliche, and Cameron would have done a big service to the genre (and his film) if he had complex "bad" characters who were acting in their own interest, but not so blatantly evil. You know, had he created a complex moral dilemma rather than a simple good vs. evil morality tale.

That said, no one has created such a stunning fantasy world ever, and I was delighted, absolutely thrilled to visit it.

Roland said...

I think the movie would have suffered if the bad characters were more complex. This isn't a movie about two warring sides. It's about the world of Pandora. Therefore Humanity and its interests are intentionally made into a backdrop. I mean, UNOBTANIUM ffs! It's intentionally ridiculous. The whole concept of the movie is based on it.

Seth Merlo said...

Your thoughts pretty much echo mine, and its good to see another SFF fan who enjoyed it and is writing something positive about it.

Todd said...

Amazed, in awe...that's the only thoughts my wife and I had afterwards. Imax 3D completely immersed us in the world of Pandora. What an epic film! Definitely recommended.

Dovile said...

I saw Avatar this weekend and didn't really expect anything more than a simple sci-fi flick with cool effects, but it really got me. The efects were superb, the characters had depth, well, the story was quite predictable if you watched the trailer, but still interesting. I watched in in 3D too, really amazing. I'm considering watching it again.

@ Knightfall1138 and others-
I'm nearsighted too, and I'd suggest you to try 1-day lenses, they're quite cheap, and I've found that it adds to my watching experience a lot, as I can easily wear the 3D glasses, and even if I'm watching a usual movie, the field of view is much wider.