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James Cameron’s Avatar Review

From the very beginning, James Cameron has attempted to teach humanity that it just isn’t supposed to get along with creatures different than itself. He’s shown us how man fares against mechanical monstrosities (The Terminator), acid blooded aliens (Aliens…), and giant unsinkable ships (Titanic). We just weren’t meant to befriend these creatures. Finally, James Cameron showed us why all these creates and inanimate objects are trying to kill us or willing to watch us drown: we killed the blue people.

At the beginning we are introduced to Jake Sully: a paraplegic, British accent hiding, crew cut, traitorous swine! Ah, well, not yet at least. Right now he’s just a man in a wheel chair looking to earn his legs… You can laugh. Upon arriving after the long space voyage to the planet Pandora, it becomes evident that Jake’s twin, able bodied brother who was also born with a larger brain, died in cryosleep. This makes Jake valuable to the on planet ‘Avatar’ research program. Since each of the telepathically controlled blue kittens are tailored specifically for certain DNA pilots, it’s impossible to just hand the controls of one to someone else. What a fortunate break for the science group. Eywa be praised!

Jake Sully and the Blue Kitty

Look, I could go on for exactly two hours and forty minutes about the incredibly thin story mechanics present in this. But I’m assuming you’ve watched a trailer, read another review or gotten a phone call from your friend after they saw it and were forced to hang up on them and block their calls. You can piece together everything that is going to happen in this movie, and chances are you did so a long time ago. Especially when James Cameron was thrown out on stage at last year’s Ubisoft Conference at E3 2009. He gave away everything.

I’m going to get to the point here and tell you what you wanted to know: it’s worth seeing. More importantly, it’s worth seeing in 3D, or IMAX if you have it available in your area. The movie is definitely long, and as such you really don’t notice any of the depth effects that may be going on during the film, but there are those times when it reminds you why you’re wearing those goofy glasses. This bodes more for my personal theater, but I’m glad the glasses we were given were new. Last time mine were – well, we won’t say what was on the first pair I got.

The CG in this film is definitely impressive. Only other movie that I can call off the top of my head with as good presentation was King Kong, where they digitally reduced Adrian Brody’s nose from dwarfing the screen. I don’t know why they decided to put Peter Jackson in a suit for the majority of it though. A WETA created ape would have looked just as good. Like King Kong, Avatar was very long. But thank God it wasn’t half as boring.

Jake Sully and the Blue Kitty

You can’t really ignore a movie like this no matter how hard you try. When Hollywood spends this much time, money and effort on something, you’re guaranteed to see it mentioned everywhere for a while. If you think it’s bad now, wait for when the DVD/Blu-Ray goes on sale in a few months. You better see it now so those MPAA spy chips can relay the neural patterns to your television sets that you’ve seen the movie already and reduce the ads during commercials. I bet you didn’t know they worked that way. All makes sense now, doesn’t it?

4 comments
Light
Light

You made some good points about the story.

The Pit
The Pit

Sounds like it is time for a road trip!

Phaethon
Phaethon

There's no IMAX around here. Closest one was a hundred miles away. Wish I could have seen it in that.

The Pit
The Pit

I enjoyed everything about "Avatar" (saw it in Imax 3D).