Posted on 12/18/09 06:48 PM
The criticisms regarding the weak characters (Zoe Saldana's Navi princess excluded), dialogue (the biggest offender in this movie; there is rarely anything said by any given character that you wouldn't be able to predict, in addition to a handful of groaners) and story are all valid, but so are the loads of praise heaped on the intricate ecosystem and absolutely unmatched CGI and subtle use of 3D. Effects aside, it's not a completely shallow film; it's merely average storytelling and still absolutely a must-see. As far as artful and exhilarating special effects go, Avatar has no peers; it becomes obvious that there hasn't been anything like this before. I found myself reacting emotionally to the wonders Jake is presented with his first night alone on Pandora. The other elements are disappointingly serviceable, and can only be overlooked because it all becomes so increasingly and vividly real as the movie progresses. MUST see in 3D, of course. The visit to Pandora does stay with me, even if the storytelling doesn't.