Today, I bit the bullet and saw Avatar. You know, the movie that's made Fox and James Cameron a bazillion dollars. Yeah, that one. Anyway, I paid my $10, received a pair of 3D glasses, bought some popcorn, than got seated. I can honestly say, after reading a plethora of reviews written by various people, I wasn't expecting it to be the best movie ever. It came really close. The main downfall of Avatar is the predictable plot. Halfway through the movie, you can tell exactly what's going to happen the rest of the way.

 All of the plot points expected in any movie like this are in there. Bad guys tell main character to spy so that the bad guys can become rich? Yep, major part of the movie. Main character goes through ceremony to become accepted? Yep, another main part of the movie. Main character hooks up with chief's daughter? Uh-huh. Massive battle at the end of the movie? No, duh. Of course there is. What makes the plot a minimum annoyance at worst was the new wrapper James Cameron put on it. Although I knew what was going to happen, the little details made the plot feel fresh and exciting. And the graphics...those are the main reason you are going to want to see this movie. I felt like I was in Pandora. No other movie has ever been so real. Avatar deserves a best picture Oscar just for doing that. Actual acting wise, Zoe Saldana deserves the most praise. Neyteri seems like a familiar character archetype, but Saldana puts her own spin on it. Stephen Lang also deserves props for the same reason. The rest of the cast does a passable job, including Sam Worthington. 

Near the end of the movie, Lang's character, Colonel Quaritch, tells Sam's avatar "It's time to wake up" before attempting to destroy Sam's body. That statement pretty much sums up the entire movie. The problem is, I didn't want to wake up. I wanted to stay in Pandora. Hopefully, Cameron gets a chance to make a sequel so that we can go back.