Monday, December 21, 2009
Movie Review - Avatar!
For those who've NOT heard about the movie (and I hope you venture out of the closet now and then) here's the Synopsis from IMDB:
When his brother is killed, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. Written by The Massie Twins
This is the movie for which I've waited all year - and I was not disappointed!
The critic's only complaint has been a thin storyline, but I found this to be untrue. It's not an original storyline - big evil group wants to supress & drive off smaller innocent group - but it's how the story is told! It's moving. It's full of action. And yes, it's a love story. All of Cameron's movies are love stories at heart. And it's all the elements of this story working together that draw one into the movie. Some of it is predictable, but that's okay. And the aliens on Pandora reminded me of Native American Indians in their culture and beliefs. Pandora also holds a secret in regards to all the living creatures on its surface...
The special effects and 3D effects? BEYOND AMAZING!!!! Just - WOW! Totally immersive. You forget you are watching a movie - it feels as if you are there on Pandora. Cameron has taken 3D to a whole new level and film making will never be the same. Indeed, he created so many of cameras that were used to film this movie. Some theatres aren't offering it in 3D - skip those! You MUST see it in 3D!
The movie starts slow - and then it builds - and builds - and BUILDS! The battle at the end will leave you breathless. I walked out of this movie in total and complete AWE of what I'd witnessed.
My rating - A+
Yes, it's THAT good. And yes, I will be seeing it again really soon!
Now, what are waiting for? Go to the movie theatre, now!!