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Avatar

James Cameron's epic sci-fi fantasy film released in 2009.

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This film tells you to not mess with Mothers Natures warriors

  • Jan 1, 2010
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+4

“Avatar” is a very good movie that sadly falls short of greatness through the 2 1/2 hours which I sat down to watch with my family, My eyes were quite simply glued to the screen all the way through and by the time it ended it left us wanting more, and both my kids wouldn't stop talking about it all night. Cameron does what he has always done best and his shortcomings are in his weak area, script and plot development. Everything about “Avatar” is perfect except for the script which is devastatingly mediocre. As for the cast. I really don't think Cameron has had a better one in all his career. Stephen Lang and Sigoreney Weaver both deliver good performances. Along with Neyitri (Zoe Saldana), she really captures the audience with how 'real' she was on screen. Her emotion, her movement and even her voice can tell you how her character is feeling. You’ll really fall in love with her character besides her beauty. These characters are embedded in the universe organically. We could see the awkwardness is just about every one of the Star Wars prequels and some moments in just about every Hollywood blockbuster since then like “Iron Man” at times. To act with extensive technology is hard. 'Avatar' doesn't have the problem in the least bit.


What capture me the most was when Jake (Sam Worthington) first enters his avatar, for the first time in the history of film, I experienced what I'll call breaking the wall of realism. I'm not talking about the graphic effects purely as well, sure it is a huge part of the experience, but what I'm getting at is that we (the viewers) are subjected to the experiences he has in this new body. As a paraplegic, he has this new found experience, this new world sucking him in, and it's a uplifting and applies so well in the film standard.

The way Cameron compares the viewer to the realizations of Jake Sully are unparalleled. He puts you into his skin more or less, letting the world of Pandora swallow you up, chase you, curse you, and then what you see, is that this place is worth fighting for. And that is what happens, you want to fight for Pandora.

Luckily, your fight only requires watching the story unfold, but it is so involving, that I felt wonder. Yes, pure wonder. The scenes of wonder are limitless, and most of the great wonders hardly contain dialog and oddly enough, the dialog is the weakest part of the film, though it really doesn't matter. We experience the world of Pandora. Plus the flying scenes are the most spectacular display of cinema submersion I've ever seen...This movie is visually and psychologically beautiful in ways most movies could only dream. It isn't perfect, what is? And yes, there will be a lot of opinion about its stature as a huge production.

 

After saying this, I have to give credit where credit is due. James Cameron's vision for film making is unmatched by anyone. The visuals are outstanding; entertaining and saved me from regretting laying down the extra two dollars to see this film in 3-D. It is obvious that Cameron has unparallel dedication and drive to make a film that people will want to see. This same dedication and drive made him want to handle writing this one himself. Few posses the power to demand the type of budget that Cameron can and it's obvious this film could not have been made without a substantial budget. If you would have combined this new ground breaking and visually stunning technology, with an equally moving and unique script then that's the movie I want to see. It deserves it's spot in the top 10 this year, and is quite simply a masterpiece of cinematography in all aspects.

 

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November 17, 2010
Great review, this was a good movie, the visuals were excellent.
 
February 13, 2010
I was wondering is this may be to much for my daughter? Great review
 
January 30, 2010
Really great heart felt write up. I'm just too old and too old school I guess. It's usually all about the story for me and I couldn't care less if I see zippers in the monster's suit or planets hanging from wires. The fact that this flick cost $260 million almost offends me, especially when I think of film makers like Maurice Devereaux who could make 260 movies for that amount--aactually more because he's Canadian. Cameron's gonna win the Oscar for this though. I'll break down and see it on DVD.
 
January 05, 2010
the story and presentation were too great, and like you said, the world of Pandora swallowed me up, and so i was numb to any lack of quality in the script. like you, i watched it in 3-D. totally worth it, since it's high quality animation and we have no way of knowing what is real life vision outside earth...it's a perfect representation as far as we know and the 3-d aspect contributes to getting more involved. i felt robbed having to snap back into reality cause i was so involved and in love with it. like mr. trashcanman said, we'll see if it can withstand the test of time. this has been my favorite movie experience. good job Mr. Cameron!
January 07, 2010
Thanks for saying that Wreckless because after getting up from the film I didn't want to leave Pandora either. Beside who would't want to get away from Today's Reality, appreciate the feedback.
January 08, 2010
well put.
 
January 02, 2010
It's hard to deny that Cameron has made a movie that is just an assault on the visual senses.  It's visually astounding and while the story may not be original in and of itself... at least he put it out there well enough.  This is a fantastic write up!
January 07, 2010
Thanks Sean, I can't wait for this to come out on Blue Ray.
 
January 02, 2010
Thanks everyone, I was able to see this film twice and it gets better with everywatch. Again Happy New Year!
March 07, 2010
I agree with you. I enjoyed my second viewing of the film even more than the first (of course I noticed some subtle annoyances with my second viewing as well). Good review though!
 
January 02, 2010
I thought the dialogue was alright, pretty cool that some of it was in Na'vian, but I agree with you on all other points!  Spectacular review for a spectacular movie, Mz Jen! :)
 
January 02, 2010
This was definitely one of the better films of the year...not perfect, but great fun.
 
January 01, 2010
Hello, Jen-jay! Yes! You are getting back into the swing of reviewing here...nice review! I loved this movie granted it wasn't perfect but what it did right, it did REAL WELL!! Happy New Year!
 
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Avatar is a 2009 American science fiction epic film written and directed by James Cameron and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang. The film is set in the year 2154, when humans are mining a precious mineral called unobtanium on Pandora, a lush moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system. The expansion of the mining colony threatens the continued existence of a local tribe of Na'vi—a sentient humanoid species indigenous to Pandora. The film's title refers to the genetically engineered Na'vi and human hybrid bodies used by several human characters to interact with the natives of Pandora.


Development on Avatar began in 1994, when Cameron wrote an 80-page scriptment for the film. Filming was supposed to take place after the completion of Cameron's 1997 film Titanic, for a planned release in 1999, but according to Cameron, the necessary technology was not yet available to achieve his vision of the film. Work on the language for the film's extraterrestrial beings began in summer 2005, and Cameron began developing the screenplay and fictional universe in early 2006.

Avatar was officially budgeted at US$237 million. Other estimates put the cost between $280 million and $310 million for production, and at $150 million for promotion. The film was released for traditional two-dimensional projectors, as well as in 3-D, using the RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, XpanD 3D and IMAX 3D formats, and also in ...

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Director: James Cameron
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: December 18, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: James Cameron
Runtime: 162 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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