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So for all those who want to discuss avatar and are deciding if they want to see it. here's my opinion.
It's one of the best animated movies i have ever seen and one of the best movies that i have seen overall. I don't think the 3D makes much of a difference and the glasses aren't that good and can't cope with the fast movements in the movie.
Also i advise anyone watching it to sit very close towards the screen, second row from the front of the screen. I have never done this before, but me and my amte were forced to because the other seats were taken and the closeness of the seats makes this movie truely epic. this is probably the only movie that i would recommend to sit at the front seats.
Finally, when i went in there, i didn't come out till 4 hours later due to advertisement at the start etc, so if your planning to watch it, give the movie four hours. The movie lasts almost 162 minutes however and i have no idea how i was in their for four hours.
One last thing, if you want watcha movie without popcorn, then i suggest taking in more than 1 super large popcorn, because me and a mate finished it ( well i ate most of it ), before we even got through half the movie . Plus a large drink!
I was hoping to go and see this with a friend today, but I'm not sure if that's still going to happen...
Most of the stuff I've heard about this movie is good - but you don't think 3D makes that much of a difference? I could see it locally in 2D, if I want 3D I have to go for a bit of a trip... (only a half hour or so, but it is around 40 degrees C outside today, and unpleasantly windy!)
Visual effects alone are worth seeing. IMAX 3D is really the only way to watch it.
The plot wasn't too terribly stunning though. Seemed like they had a contest somewhere to see who could fit the most Hollywood cliches into 1 movie. Essentially "romeo and juliet" with a backdrop of "mankind is destroying the world", "evil, heartless corporations" and "soldiers for hire" with a sprinkling of "nobody listens to scientists". Mix and stir.
One character did kinda suprise me. The Marine Colonel clearly put some levels into the "Arch Villain" prestige class and had a healthy "I'm a Badass" feat tree to go along. He can survive for X in a non-breathable atmosphere, where X= however long he needs to lay a smackdown, or until it's suitably dramatic to don a mask.
Criticisms aside, the initial statement still holds true, worth it for the visuals alone.
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Avatar = Ferngully. With guns.
It was enjoyable, but I think I would have liked it more if the preaching hadn't been so overtly obvious. I mean, jeez, I knew exactly what was going to happen 10 minutes in.
"All I know is a door into the dark" -- The Forge, Seamus Heaney
Please note that there are some spoliers here, but probably nothing you've haven't heard.
I saw the film in 3D IMAX on Saturday. I must say, it took me about 24 hours after watching the film to decide whether or not I liked it.
he CGI effects are absolutely fantastic, especially with that odd tech that they used to paint the actors as the Navi. Didn't feel like CG at all, which was fairly amazing.
At times it seemed like they were really trying to pimp the special effects more than the story. It threw me off a bit, but I'll take gliding through the trees for a bit.
Movie is definitely a tad on the long side for me, like it was loosing some momentum.....or maybe the plot was just a bit too predictable. The story itself had a fairly stereotypical Colonial movie feel. I'd liken the movie very closely (in some aspects) to Dances with Wolves.
It's kind of funny, I made that comparison before I read any of the reviews on the movie. I only saw the trailer once and did not read up on this at all so I could go in with no real expectations. But, seriously, it was like a retelling of the Colonials vs. Native Americans.
Plot and dialogue had its ups and downs. Some moments you could really get in the character's heads and feel what they were feeling. The Marines bringing down the Hometree and the ensuing massacre actually had me getting emotionally involved. And that usually never happens to me during movies
At other times the movie felt really detached. Out of the group of 7 I went with the majority of them disagreed with me, who knows, maybe I'm just jaded.
Biggest gripe I had was too much moral book-thumping and going overboard on the shamanism. Despite the science and engineering backgroup, I really relate to esoteric aspects, but this movie pushed it a bit heavily I think. Still, it was interesting getting into the minds of a different culture.
Sigourney Weaver - awesome
Zoe Saldana - Excellent preformance. Seriously, this girl made the movie for me.
Definitely see this sucker in IMAX. You may get vertigo at times. But DAMN its fun flying through the air (how many times have I said that now?)
A friend of mine wrote a much better review:Story was completely predictable, villain totally one dimensional, standard Hollywood thing. It is not even worth spoiler covering the plot, because there really is nothing surprising in there beyond the basic premise. It's typical sci fi civilization vs primitive tribe theme and environmentalism. And at the start of the movie, I really felt none of the plot made any sense. That being said...
Holy shit batman on a stick, I absolutely LOVED it! And this coming from someone usually being a total snob about such things and swinging that critics axe very harshly for such movies. Yes, I came in with low expectations, not really anticipating much more than nice visual effects and turn off your brain, and it delivered as such, but surprisingly there was more to it than that.
First of all, I have to say Cameron is an absolute genius. In 77 George Lucas style, he comes and create this entire new universe that gradually just pulls you in until you're not even watching a movie any more, you're in a different different solar system far far away, in the future, and feels completely convincing. The budget is supposed to be one of the highest ever, with rumored figures everything from $200-300M, and it shows. 60% of the movie is CGI, but I can't say a single shot really feels like that, in best LOTR fashion. The flying vehicles, the creatures, and most shocking of all, those blue characters the Na'vi people, it all feels very genuine. But it is not only a visual extravaganza, it is also a film epic, and monumental craft of cinema history, worthy consideration AFI material due to technical achievements.
Why is it so good on a technical level? Well, first of all, the film was filmed with two camera lenses rather than modified in post production to give a convincing stereo visual effect, and this is where the movie really shines. Let's not kid ourselves, if you're walking into a small multiplex theater with a poor speaker system and a small screen 5 months from premiere at a $5 matinee without 3D glasses, or worse, watching this on DVD, you completely and utterly missed the point. If you do that, I feel sorry for you, you failed epically, you missed out the fun. You should see it in a IMAX theater or similar high end theater with a RealD Sony 4K projector in full 3D splendor. In fact, if you're not able to watch it in 3D, you should not even bother, IMO.
The reason this is important, this is really the first time where 3D is not used as a stupid gimmick, rather it is a natural extension of the movie that is completely necessary to reach the level of immersion the director intended. In many ways, this is really the first proper 3D movie, and that is why you should see it.
I should also mention everything from cinematography, makeup, costumes, editing, set design, art direction, sound mixing / editing is at the very highest level, and if it does not win an oscar for visual effects, it would be an upset. But enough of the technicals. This also happens to be a good entertaining movie because I actually ended up caring about the characters on some emotional level. What a shocker. The 3 characters pulling off the star performances are Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver).
I was 100% wrong about my concerns for this movie. Narnia, Harry Potter, Golden Compass and an endless list of fantasy movies in the later years can go suck it as far as I'm concerned, because this is the first time since LOTR I really cared.
Beautiful lush environment, a rich tribal culture, and natives that you can really sympathize with. I have always been bugged to hell and back by poorly done CGI, especially when they attempt to make human like figures, which all too often spawns the Jar Jar syndrome. The only real convincing attempt in recent years was Gollum in LOTR. Cameron not only reached that level, he surpassed it. The natives act and convey emotions so naturally, it seems counter intuitive to even suggest they were made by CGI. I stopped thinking about it real quick, and pretty much assume they are real aliens. These characters are actually more lifelike and complex than the human actors. In contrast the human colonists appears artificial, one dimensional and actually primitive compared to the natives basic way of life. And then Cameron takes it to the next level and tells us a love story, and... it feels real. I was outraged by the attack on the life tree. Their whole culture and religion feels so pure, it's tempting to get plugged into one of those chambers and live the the life as a Na'gi in the paradise that is Pandora. Where is my bow and arrow? Where is my flying beast?.
Avatar isn't a particularly deep movie, and it doesn't have anything to say that you haven't seen in other movies before (the climactic fight seems lifted straight out of a previous Cameron film), but it's likely one of the best moviegoing experiences you'll ever have.
Highly recommended (in a good 3D theater, IMAX / high end movie palace)
5 stars out of 5
Yes the plot is very predictable and it is probably just me (and the fact that i have yet to pull a girl, or go out with one), but i felt that the rushed the whole romantice bit abit too much and skipped alot of it, no hugging and no romantice evenings looking at the sky or something like that makes the hallmarks of many movies ok the love scene in the soul tree area worked but apart from that nothing much happened ( i am not asking/hoping for a full blown sex scene here), plus the battle looked abit hit and miss. The individual parts of the fight were way too short. It felt like a long story told short. The look of the movie, the creatures and certains parts of the movie flowed really really well, but as hockeyman said, it just lost momentum. The best part of the movie was the time he first met another na'vi and the way they showed the bond of him and the female na'vi, the soul tree part when he picked him woman ( one of the most carefully worded i love you scene that i have ever seen and the best ). The image of a fleet of helicopters was mesmerising and the fight to tame his own beast for the first time.
i saw it 3d imax.
it was definitely interesting, but i thought overall the movie was OK.....
so all the aliens abandon him and reject him, but then fall in love with him again when he returns on a bigger, faster, redder mount? come on....
I think the moral of the story for the kids is obvious there: "Having a sweet ride makes life better and gets you hot chicks"
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I really, really like the Na'vi equivalent of the phrase "I love you!" and the esoteric reasoning behind it. I generally don't find move romance overly believable, but this was fairly welcome in my opinion.
Still, I suppose I haven't put my own rating in. I'm fairly jaded when it comes to movies (IE I thought Dark Knight wasn't very good/etc).
Avatar gets 4/5 stars from me.
The time spent making such a fantastic and beautiful world (and a unique people) come to life and make me sympathize with them; and make me feel not like I'm watching the story, but living it with them.....that wins it for me.
Spoilers!Glad you share the same opinioin. but the scene where they were talking about which woman he was to choose was very well scripted.I really, really like the Na'vi equivalent of the phrase "I love you!" and the esoteric reasoning behind it. I generally don't find move romance overly believable, but this was fairly welcome in my opinion.You need to understand that reinacting a long legend is something that changes the laws of minds. The last na'vi, the only na'vi, to unit all the tribes rode on one of those things. So make a big statement and get people to listen to you in any culture is to re-enact their legends or do something that they believe is near impossible and only the destined are able to do.so all the aliens abandon him and reject him, but then fall in love with him again when he returns on a bigger, faster, redder mount? come on....
Take prime ministers for example, obama, got peoples attention when he sought to close down guantanimo bay. Many doubters and/or haters would not have supported him or even given him a chance to change their minds and listen to him if he had not attempted that.
Their are obviously many more examples in the real world and in lots of other movies, but that's the first example that popped into my head.
But,yea that was a weak part in the movie, they could have atleast showed how hard it is to tame that thing and they could have given James Sully something better to say than, "I need to step up a level", or similar.