Sunday, December 20, 2009


4054081733_507f5236a4_b If you haven’t guessed it by now.  Its Avatar Day here on the blog. 

On Friday, I had the opportunity, as you know, to go and see Avatar.  Unfortuately, I wasn't able to see Avatar in IMAX 3D, but I did get to see it in RealD 3D.  In any case, by now you're probably wonder what I thought of Avatar.  Is it good?  Well its actually not good, its amazing.

I think that I should probably scale back a bit here and say that although its a great film, there were some weaknesses.

So, what’s wrong with Avatar?
  1. Story.  The story I would say is fairly good.  It explains everything that is going on and never seems to drag.  Even though the film has a run time of about 3 hours with the trailers and commercials this film never feels long.  But, at the same time the story, as one of my friends put it, is predictable.  (Not that anyone minded that.)  John Campea, in his review of Avatar, which he put up on ‘The Movie Blog’, said the story is a ‘ripoff’ of ‘Dancing with Wolves’.  Now I've never seen 'Dancing with Wolves' so I won't comment on that.  I’ll leave it up to you the reader to tell me if that is true or not.       

  2. Predictability.  As I said in my last point.  There is quite a bit of predictability to this film.  As soon as the main character (Jake Sully) meets the character Neytiri you know they are going to fall in love.  And you know that its going to cause problems since, as you find out early on, Neytiri is betrothed to be married to a prominent warrior of the Na'vi.  Now, that is just one example of how cliche many of the plot points are.
Now that I got the negative out of the way.  I think I should talk about the positive. 
  1. Visuals.  By far the best part of Avatar is its visuals.  It is probably the most beautiful movie that I’ve ever seen in a movie theatre.  I would go as far as to say that if you are not seeing Avatar in a theatre you are ripping yourself off.  This movie is meant to be viewed on the big screen, in 3D.  Everything about this film is beautiful.  Avatar is a very visual driven film, and even has scenes where the characters are just interacting with the environment of Pandora.  Also, I agree with John on the fact that if the sound was turned off I think I would have enjoyed myself just watching the screen for 3 hours. The visuals were just that good.

  2. The Story. I know that I said that the story of Avatar was negative, but it is a bit of a positive also.  The Story fits the film.  It worked well in Avatar and the world of Pandora.  Avatar, as I said earlier, is about the visuals and the world of Pandora.  The story never over shadows that fact, but added to the over all film experience.  So the story is a positive, as well a,s negative given its predictability.

In closing,  I left the theatre felling amazed at what I saw from Avatar and I hope to go back and see it again in IMAX 3D.  Also, I would recommend that you go and see it for yourself in, at the very lest, RealD 3D.  

Well thats enough from me, go see it.

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