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OVERALL SCORE: 8.5
Avatar is probably the single best looking movie to date. The CG in the movie is absolutely amazing, and everything looks incredibly realistic. You can see the pores and imperfections in the skin of the Na'vi, the 10 foot tall blue elves that are indigenous to Pandora, the world that Avatar takes place on. Even the environments and the native wild life on Pandora are well done, and made to look very life like. Let me just say that I do not envy the 3d graphics artists that worked on Avatar, they put in a LOT of hours. The actors lent their likenesses to the Na'vi, and it worked out very well and looked amazing. Cameron also did a very good job of introducing and getting you to actually care about the characters and their plight. Basically, the actors and the CG artists did an amazing job.
Unfortunately, the plot doesn't even come close to holding the same standard of quality. The story is completely cliche and transparent. As soon as you figure out what the movie is about, which is about ten minutes in, you'll know the rest of the story almost scene for scene. Also, as the movie progresses, you'll notice certain things like how the machines used by the Humans are very conveniently designed to be destroyed by wild life, which must be the only way they could think to make the story go the way they wanted, aside from making every single Marine be paraplegic hippie. Wait... one of them is. And I bet you can guess what he manages to do. I will bring this up, since I feel I should mention it, but there is a love scene in the movie that when it started, everyone in the theater started laughing. Though the scene was pretty odd, for lack of a better term, it was probably the stand out scene in the movie.
James Cameron also held to qualms about using this movie to take blatant blows at corporations, foreign relations and the military, three things the very liberal Hollywood is fond of doing in recent years. From the get go this movie very plainly sends political message after political message. Political beliefs aside, I really think this ruins a movie, and it really did hurt this one.
If you can deal with or agree with the political messages in the movie, as well as cope with knowing exactly what is going to happen, Avatar is a pretty good movie. If you were looking for something deep with a good story, or were hoping that for once Hollywood would put out a movie showing what would actually happen in a given situation, pass this one up. Also, clear up your day, Avatar is a very long movie.
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.
Thanks for this solid review.
I might just see it now.
I thought it was one of the best if not the best movie visually i have seen. I've been looking around on forums and I find it sort of ridiculous that some people aren't as impressed. Almost like we have got to a point maybe where people take things for granted. Movie had solid acting and directing. Great music and special effects. I personally didn't feel as though it was too long 2hrs and 40 mins for an epic feel felt about right. Some feel that the movie wasn't as original as it could've been and say its like other movies. I don't see how it's not original and the story sure could be predictable, but it is told great enough that its not such a bad thing. Could say the same thing about a bunch of great movies that the plot was predictable, but if told well it doesn't make the movie less worthy. Some examples Gladiator, Titanic, The Departed, and Rocky.
I actually went and saw it a second time in 3D, a friend of mine won a pair of tickets from the radio and invited me along.
I only say it was long is because the standard for a movie is about 90-100 minutes anymore. Trust me, if I am gonna spend $13 on a movie ticket and then $8 on popcorn and soda, I want to be there for more than an hour and a half. I actually liked that the movie was very long, but I felt it was necessary to let people know that it is very long.
After seeing it a second time, I can't say my opinion of it has changed. Despite the complete transparency and predictability of the story, I am forced to agree that it is was well told.
No other movie has ever blown me away the way Avatar did. Pure cinema.
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Avatar was awesome. I hope it inspires hollywood to start making more 3D movies. So far most of them are pixar cartoons. I want to see some action movies and sci-fi in 3D. Even something like a remake of Conan in 3D would be sweet.