Critics Consensus: Avatar Is Certified Fresh

Summary

This week at the movies, we've got a strange alien world (James Cameron's Avatar, starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana), and a couple on the run (Did You Hear about the Morgans?, starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker). What do the critics have to say? Avatar is one of the most hotly anticipated films in years, for a number of reasons: it marks James Cameron's return to fiction filmmaking after a long layoff; its motion capture techniques were the subject of intense pre-release press; and it's the most expensive movie ever made. And now, the verdict is in: critics say Avatar is indeed a visionary picture. Back to Article

Comments

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

"If the film was good enough, you wouldn't need to defend it.

There are no massive debates about if T2, aliens, fight club, dark knight etc are good or not."


uh, dude? Have you EVER been on this website in the past two years? There's still almost a *weekly* debate over whether TDK was a "Genius Master-stroke" or "Over-hyped mediocre crap."

Dec 19 - 06:06 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

thnx man @ contraflowX and i have two final things for u cutler: 1 u just got sereved by a 13 year old!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA and yes i have seen ALL the movies i have mentioned (except some of the bay films) and 2: if avatar sucks so much why in god name did it get 4 gg nods including wait for it.... BEST PICTURE and win best pic at the NYFCO riddle me that cutler

Dec 19 - 07:07 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

@NTROST

Yeah, I guess I should have been more specific in my reference to Jurassic Park, as I was referring mainly to JP1 than the other two. And matte lines probably wasn't the right choice of words (I was working on very little sleep when I wrote) I was mainly referring to the wide shot of the brontosaur when they see it for the first time and also the gallomaphus (sp?) stampede when they're running past Sam Neill and the kids. There were some focus and motion blur issues in both those shots that just kept them from looking "quite" real. Still pretty amazing, but obvious as the technology has evolved.

As for the SW prequels, I was referring mainly to the overabundance of aliens and the overly clean look of the ships (especially since Lucus prided himself in the first movies of giving everything a "lived in" look). There's also some reflection mapping problems and shadow issues, but that's all nitpicky stuff. My main point in the post was to show that Avatar is (despite what some people think) a pretty huge leap in the technology arena.

Peace.

Dec 19 - 07:48 AM

James T.

James Tallman

I thought Avatar was good. James Cameron could of had a more interesting storyline and it be less predictable, but despite that I thought it was ok. The new technology that James Cameron has introduced was spectacular and the action was great. I was very impressed with Avatar especially watching the movie in IMAX 3D.

Dec 19 - 10:16 AM

Cutler to the rescue

Ted kruts

Dudemeister proved nothing. For a movie that is supposed to be revolutionary and amazing it is only at 82% and guess what all those micheal bay movies are FAR MORE ENTERTAINING than Avatar. So contra i am right again.


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haaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha

Dec 19 - 10:42 AM

Cutler to the rescue

Ted kruts

Dec 19 - 10:46 AM

Cutler to the rescue

Ted kruts

p.s. Dudemeister if you dont count True Lies as a crapfest then you are retarded.

Dec 19 - 10:47 AM

Losingsleep

L T

The storms in the East will probably hurt the box office numbers

Dec 19 - 11:05 AM

Seth T.

Seth Thomas

yea dude it definately will, i live west of charlotte, n.c. and my theater closed last night due to the weather and im guessing many others did to, so i think the mid-week and second weekend BO will show a great hold

Dec 19 - 05:40 PM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

Correct Losingsleep,

For those of you who like to keep score of such things and seem to think box office is the sole indicator of a movie's quality, here is the report from The Numbers:

"After years of preparation and hype, the opening day of Fox's Avatar was affected by the most low-tech of problems: a major snowstorm on the East Coast, which most likely knocked a few million dollars off the movie's ticket sales. Fox is reporting a $27 million opening day, including $3.5 million from midnight shows. That's not a terrible start by any measure, but the studio will be looking for better climatic conditions and good word of mouth over the next couple of days if they're going to come close to an $80 million."

Dec 19 - 11:17 AM

Rusty Broomhandle

Jaco Gerber

I saw Avatar this morning. It was awesome. Best film I have seen all year.

The story is fairly standard, and a lot of the characters are archetypes that are there to just fit into their specific roles in the story, but the way it is told just leaves you feeling an overwhelming sense of awe. And I am not referring to the special effects.

Cutler, you suck balls.

Dec 19 - 11:25 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

@ cutlet when in gods name was it called 'revolutionary' if it was there talking about the cgi dumb**** awards (most of the time, i think) come from the critics some of the nominne board menber are critics, so qhen u say awards dont mean ****, you are saying that the tmeter dont mean ****, so ur saying ur whole 'screaming like ur boyfriend didnt **** u right' 82% debacle also dont mean ****! its sad how im 13 yet i knw more than u . as for michael gay (who needs megatron to shove his fist up his *** to inspire him to make a decent movie), unlike u i appreciate movies for their story and characters (besides the r-rated comedy) name me one bay movie that besides its action thrills, has a good stroy, plausible dialouge, and deep and interesting characters. as for true lies i do admit it was bordering on bad, but its at 67%, transformers 2 however, despite it has good action sequences and megan fox running around in slow motion, if u dont count it as a crapfest, ur a retard and im sure 90% of people here will agree with me. ps ive seen the community reviews for avatar, i cant count how many 90%s and 100%s i see up there and as for ur quote 'the AUDIENCE clapped at the end each time, one of which was a sold out midnight screening, you know something that Avatar did not have in the city of Chicago?' how the **** would u know if u havenet even seen it so shut the **** up and judge all u want if u've seen the movie. and yes i saw the crap fest transformers 2 before u go down that road we clear??

Dec 19 - 11:34 AM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@dudemeister
"name me one bay movie that besides its action thrills, has a good stroy, plausible dialouge, and deep and interesting characters."

Not to get involved in the whole Cutler thing or anything but I just had to speak on this little point you brought up. You were asking to name one Bay film of those specific qualities. To be honest, Michael Bay's "The Rock" was a solidified action film. Not to get technical or anything but to lay it out in the perspective you wanted. It had a admirable story, it had plausible dialog, interesting characters (not deep but not one-dimensional either) & it had actual quality action as well but then again all of Bay's films consist of action but I'm talking quality wise. "The Rock" is one Bay film that actually showed he had some quality filmmaking skill sets. It also the one film that is truly a quality action film.

Dec 19 - 12:34 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@NTROST though i dont 10 with your l00% agree with your analasis, you made some valid points, and (unlike cutler) you gave a far and balanced opinion so i respect it. peace

Dec 19 - 01:15 PM

MADDAZ

Darren Anderson

I gotta wonder about your age and mentality Cutler. Honestly Transformers 2 was more enjoyable to you. Did they have screenings of it in the mental hospital where you reside. Anyways Avatar looks like it may have some staying power due to positive word of mouth and lets be honest, alot of folks will see Avatar more than once. Another good point is the quick death of another of Cutlers favs, New Moon is choking at the box office. Domestic gross $350-$500 and worldwide gross $400- $500 and rave reviews **** on Cutlers argument.

Dec 19 - 12:14 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@MADDAZ ' gotta wonder about your age and mentality Cutler. Honestly Transformers 2 was more enjoyable to you. Did they have screenings of it in the mental hospital where you reside?' I cant help but say how much that cracked me up, nice one!

Dec 19 - 01:22 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@Ashron

Now, that you cleared it up a bit you make some interesting points if not valid points. Before your new post I was really questioning your perspective but since you made it more clear I can understand your viewpoint. Again, you make some interesting points if not vaild points.

Dec 19 - 12:16 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@dudemeister
"name me one bay movie that besides its action thrills, has a good stroy, plausible dialouge, and deep and interesting characters."

Not to get involved in the whole Cutler thing or anything but I just had to speak on this little point you brought up. You were asking to name one Bay film of those specific qualities. To be honest, Michael Bay's "The Rock" was a solidified action film. Not to get technical or anything but to lay it out in the perspective you wanted. It had a admirable story, it had plausible dialog, interesting characters (not deep but not one-dimensional either) & it had actual quality action as well but then again all of Bay's films consist of action but I'm talking quality wise. "The Rock" is one Bay film that actually showed he had some quality filmmaking skill sets. It also the one film that is truly a quality action film.

Dec 19 - 12:34 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@NTROST though i dont 10 with your l00% agree with your analasis, you made some valid points, and (unlike cutler) you gave a far and balanced opinion so i respect it. peace

Dec 19 - 01:15 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@NTROST though i dont 10 with your l00% agree with your analasis, you made some valid points, and (unlike cutler) you gave a far and balanced opinion so i respect it. peace

Dec 19 - 01:15 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@MADDAZ ' gotta wonder about your age and mentality Cutler. Honestly Transformers 2 was more enjoyable to you. Did they have screenings of it in the mental hospital where you reside?' I cant help but say how much that cracked me up, nice one!

Dec 19 - 01:22 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Tombstone offers logic in funny packages, Bigbrother brings a few insights to the table, Maddaz asks good questions, meanwhile.... our intrepid hero Stupid Man still thinks an endless stream of exclamation points helps to support his non-arguments and the clown hasn't even seen the film yet.

I knew a guy once who tried to say that Transformers 2 was better than Avatar... I ate his liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti. ;-)

Dec 19 - 01:25 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@Matanuki dude that was just hilarious

Dec 19 - 01:33 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

it has been an hour of two since stupid man opened hos mentally retarded mouth perhaps we finally shut him up

Dec 19 - 01:36 PM

MADDAZ

Darren Anderson

His medication must have kicked in.

Dec 19 - 01:53 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@Matanuki dude that was just hilarious

Dec 19 - 01:33 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

it has been an hour of two since stupid man opened hos mentally retarded mouth perhaps we finally shut him up

Dec 19 - 01:36 PM

MADDAZ

Darren Anderson

His medication must have kicked in.

Dec 19 - 01:53 PM

MADDAZ

Darren Anderson

His medication must have kicked in.

Dec 19 - 01:53 PM

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