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Quick Thoughts: Avatar

Here are some quick thoughts on FernGully: The Live Action Adventure Avatar…

Avatar is not the best film this year. This movie easily ranks in the top 10 for 2009 and possibly cracks the top 5, but number 1 does not go to the men in blue.That being said (thanks Larry David for forever ruining this phrase) Avatar is a great, great film.

The plot is nothing new. Yeah, the universe is spectacular and the guy (James Cameron – Director/Writer, Titanic) came up with his own freakin’ language, but there’s nothing in Avatar that hasn’t been said by most action-films-with-heart.

The acting is “meh” and follows the action film casting cliche’: Main guy whom you have no idea how he got this role but is probably trying to use it as a launching pad for his career (Sam WorthingtonTerminator Salvation, Nothing Else Worth Mentioning), the quirky guy from random things that probably doesn’t need to be in an action film (Joel MooreDodgeball, Other Funnies), and the washed up actor who has a special connection to the filmmaker (Sigourney WeaverAliens duh). No one is going to win any Academy Awards for acting here.

Acting and story aside, however, (and neither are that bad at all, but are just the shortcomings of the film) this is the most visually stunning movie I have ever seen. If you have even the slightest interest in Avatar go see it in theaters. I remember thinking during the film “OK, so the blue people are a really good use of motion capturing – something that was invented in The Matrix Reloaded so what?” But then I remembered that the entire planet of Pandora is entirely CGI. Think about this when you look at the environment. The blades of grass. The trees. The sky. All absolutely breath taking. Think about the fact that basically, the outdoor scenes are no different than The Polar Express or the new Christmas Carol film. The difference is that James Cameron and his crew makes them look absolutely real. Very impressive.

So overall, is this the technological masterpiece of film making that has been promised to us since July? Yes. Simple and blunt. Yes. This movie is visually stunning. And believe it or not the 3-D works well and doesn’t distract from the movie at all. The story is magical, detailed, and unique – but it won’t leave you thinking “Wow! I’ve never seen THIS before!” but don’t let that deter you. This movie is a magical achievement in film making.

OK, that wasn’t so quick afterall.

By the way, did anyone else find Leonardo DiCaprio’s cameo where he sketches a nude Na’vi a little cheesy?

  1. January 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

    In hindsight, it’s interesting you said “No one is going to win any Academy Awards for acting here” because that might actually happen if the Golden Globes are any indicator of how the Academy will vote. Sigh.

    • clemtiger0408
      February 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      Well, I did say “acting” and no one was even nominated for any acting awards.

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