Breaks technological ground with stunning visuals, but disappoints on story and characters - which still do matter.
Very sad movie. My husband and I walked out. We could not sit and watch our military being shot at and killed by others. No matter who wrote this movie James was wrong to use this at this time in our world. Emily Abbott
Jan 4 - 09:21 AM
Jan 4 - 09:31 AM
Lady, are you that ignorant to compare this movie with real life? It's just a story. I didn't see a clear political statement about our military. If you noticed, there really wasn't a typical good guy or bad guy in this movie, everybody was being human.
Jan 4 - 11:18 AM
C'mon man not only were their good and bad guys, they were in fact typical to a fault.
This movie was great but it's strength was just not characters and plot. It was all the execution. By that I mean acting, effects, muisc...pretty much everything except the story were so good it didn't even matter.
Jan 4 - 02:47 PM
Good god. And some talk about Cameron taking Avatar too seriously.
So, in your logic, you see a soldier get shot at in anything, and you'd take offence and walk out? That wipes out every war movie ever made back to the civil war. You're sadly missing out.
The guns in Avatar were a security team built from ex-military and hired mercs from around the world by the mining company.
Jan 4 - 01:11 PM
any chance some of the storylines went over your head? I know ecological literacy is not high in this day and age.
Jan 4 - 11:11 AM
I believe ElRipeO's comment is amazing. not only did he bypass arguing any of the points I made in my post, but he went straight to name-calling like a child, which shows he has nothing intelligent to say. ElRipeO your absolutely right too. The positive reviews from the top paid critics should be completely ignored, because your opinion is definitely more important. I am just so happy you were able to settle this argument over the movie. I can't believe your not getting paid to do this...
Jan 4 - 02:11 PM
one billion world wide?
Jan 4 - 03:33 PM
Thank you. This is Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves and Fern Gully with CGI. The CGI was good (better, I'm sure, in 3D), but the story, characters and dialog were totally clichéd. And too much time spent on Cameron stroking his technology. Even cool graphics can get boring after a while, if used gratuitously. Is anyone really that amazed by CGI anymore? They can put ANYTHING on the screen. Anything at all. Once you know that, what else is there to be blown away by?
Jan 4 - 05:31 PM
Colin O, I was referring to the character's personalities and there seems to be a univeral theme with these character's emotions regardless if you were an alien (similar to human emotions). I was simply disagreeing with Emily A. that this movie isn't about being against our military, there's references with war tragedies yes, but I really don't understand what people expect. Come on, there's a war going on, would you rather see people throwing marshmellows at each other or something?
Jan 4 - 06:09 PM
I was talking about the characters and their personalities are included under
the umbrella of the term "characters". The colonel, Sigourney's character, the soldier, the chief, the jealous up and coming chief.....the list goes on and on. This has been done countless times before. There is very little in the way of originality in this movie.
That said it is amazing how it turned out as good as it is despite all that. I'd still give it a B at least.
Jan 4 - 07:37 PM
what? how.... you actually get paid to review movies? wtf
Jan 4 - 07:48 PM
they write for magazines and stuff, i would guess that they get paid for it. They are considered professionals.
Jan 4 - 08:04 PM
I wasn't talking about originality, again I was just pointing out that Avatar movie is not about going against a particular group like our military that Emily A stated. I don't know where she got that idea, there's bound to be tragic scenes when there's a war scene. I'm not disagreeing with you on the creativity with the film, I just don't like how some are arguing this movie is somehow offensive when their comments don't even relate to the movie.
Jan 4 - 08:22 PM
I liked this movie better when it was called Dances with Wolves, and it had a more realistic ending.
Jan 5 - 09:42 PM
I guess the fact that this movie is probably going to produce the biggest box office receipts ever sort of blows you entire review apart. Good and bad are economic terms. If the worlds public was concerned with art then they would all be at the ballet and the symphony. It's entertainment stupid!
Jan 6 - 06:14 AM
Good review. I agree with you, the film was sorely lacking in the story and script department. It'd be nice to see Cameron actually move on from a Romeo and Juliet tale that's been told countless times already, but I guess an old dog can't learn new tricks eh?
Jan 6 - 03:17 PM
Ok, I'm getting really sick of hearing people comparing this movie to other movies! One aspect about movies are for entertainment. If you look at caveman art they were a form of entertainment too, so does it really matter if this movie has influences from other movies even though the origins of it goes way back? I'm not saying everyone should like this movie, or should be forced to watch this, but why keep comparing to other movies when there has been big epic movies like Star Wars that weren't original either??
Jan 6 - 08:49 PM
the comments here are so unbearably stupid.
Jan 8 - 08:17 PM
Thank you The Stunner for throwing your little comment on the forum like anyone gives ****, and also thank you for not even backing up your comment. Fail
Jan 9 - 07:06 PM
This movie creates characters with typical archetypes. The plot is typical.
It's all typical. The exact same **** happens as you know it will.
Point in being, there's a limit of recognition in a cinematic movie. If the characters were too complex, plot was Mission Impossible twisty, and all at once set in a foreign setting like Pandora, the general audience could not recognize and relate.
Conclusion, Cameron probably dumbed down the entire movie to create a more comfortable experience. He played the odds in his favor. Attract 10 normal sci-fi fans and detest 2 or 3 cinematic critics (wannabes and critics). I can't but help say that I had heart for this movie
What does baffle me are the ignorant people, so sensitive and biased to it's strong ecological theme and anti-military/capitalism theme. I love a corporate thriller like Michael Clayton, view The Hurt Locker repeatedly, and encapsulate myself with Avatar. I can appreciate movies like Erin Brockovitch, Godfather, Slumdog, North by Northwest, Goodwill Hunting, No Country, AHX, Aladdin, Fight Club or Little Women because it's all cinema! But, if you can't keep a neutral balance when it comes to movies like Avatar, then exit rottentomatoes, burn your entire dvd collection, and seek a doctor for a good dosage of cinematic taste.
Jan 12 - 12:55 PM
I think people who dislike the story, albeit may have just reasons, do not fully understand the depth behind "Eyowa?". It is in Hess's first law of thermodynamics, Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, that such beauty where the scientific meets the spirtual truly comes to surface. The energy that is loaned for a time, but must be returned to the land, ultimately connects all life as one living, breathing organism. If only such thought could be used in our modern society, maybe humans could learn to relieve themselves of their EGO (the "center of the universe" syndrome) and hate, wars, etc. may be a thing of the past.
Jan 13 - 05:33 AM
I agree with the reviewer. The characters were either black or white, good or bad. No shades of grey. The story was preachy and somewhat dull.
Jan 20 - 02:26 PM
I agree with the reviewer. The characters were too black and white, either good or bad. No shades of grey. The story was too preachy and rather dull.
Jan 20 - 02:28 PM
There you go. You have made it so simple for people that this was just too elementary in structure. Good family movie I wonder how it will do on DVD. I might buy it just because of the extra features.
Jan 21 - 08:42 AM
Let's face it this movie was made for people who will start at a shiny thing floating in the sky for an hour. I will enjoy it when I finally watch it. I don't think i will come out thinking it was the best movie ever, in the last century, in the last decade or in the last year. I want to see 3D done well for the first and last time in a movie format. I'm so glad this move on to 3D has happened now. The whole of Hollywood will push about 15-20 more of these people will get tired and we will go back to basics.At the rate the world is going we might have to settle for silent cinema because dialogue is getting very bad. The very next step will be actors grunting at each other.
Jan 21 - 08:51 AM
Well, there is a remake of "Quest for Fire" in the works.
Sometimes a grunt speaks a thousand words.
Jan 23 - 12:34 AM
I didn't plan for that to ryhme. Sorry
Jan 23 - 12:35 AM
I agree with this review.
Mar 19 - 03:01 PM