Posted on 1/10/10 09:34 PM
Avatar is a beautiful movie. The world is amazing, the CG characters are realistic looking, and the various monster are eye-popping and menacing. This movie is one of the first that could get by on its visuals alone.
And basically, it does.
As has been commented numerous times before, there's nothing special about the plot. You know exactly what's going to happen, when it's going to happen, and to whom it's going to happen. No surprises are in store for you, so don't expect them. The characters are basic stock types that you've seen before.
So with so many negatives, how could I give it a positive review? Well, the effects are honestly that good, and the action scenes are a sight to behold. Plus, I saw this movie in 3-D, and that provided a whole new experience more than worth the price of admission. The film is one you should experience at least once in your life. After that, it's up to you whether or not you give it a re-watch.
The fact is, the movie had a ton of potential to be something even more than it turned out to be. For all the amazing visuals, there simply wasn't enough meat behind it, and at a near three-hour run time, the movie dragged in places.
So is it a good movie? Yes, but there are fundamental problems with the plot and the characters. For as good as the movie is, the best evidence for its quality can be heard from numerous movie-goers across the nation when asked to describe their experience.
"It was a great movie, but..."
Yes, it was a great movie, but if Cameron had tried a little bit harder with the substance of the film, there could have been no need for the "but...."