Doug's Review of Avatar
Review By: Doug Nau
Directed by: James Cameron
Produced by: James Cameron
Written by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington
Joel David Moore
C. C. H. Pounder
Score composed by: James Horner
When his brother is murdered, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's (Giovanni Ribisi)intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch (Stephan Lang), while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri (Zoe Saldona), the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. (The Massie Twins)
This being James Cameron's first movie since Titanic in 1997 with his latest movie Avatar is the most incredible experiences I've ever seen had even though I didn't see it in 3d but I prefer watching movies traditionally but that's just me.The story has a very fascinating concept and the scope of it is so epic, although the story is in more or less ways cliched.I notice some very similar themes it shares with Pocahontas and FernGully:The Last Rainforest and even reminiscent at times with Jurassic Park but in no way its bad at all. It's safe to say its far better then most of the movies in released in the past years and shows it really doesn't matter if a movie has similarities from other films if it does it in a new way that distinguished it self from the rest. People may recall that The Lion King had many similarities to Bambi and its been considered to be one of the best movies ever made. Showing that Avatar is not the only high profile file film that has references or similarities in storytelling wise.
The animation/visual effects are some of the best looking I've ever seen, so much tender, love ,and attention was put into. It's so amazing especially in the battle sequence, my jaws dropped to the floor throughout the whole sequence. they've mixed in with the live-action portion so nicely with the computer graphics that it's not just a film with big spectacle effects but one that has an involving and compelling story that beautifully blends the action of the movie. The cast especially as an ensemble did a great job the standouts go to Sam Worthington who gets my vote for favorite breakthrough male performance. Zoe Saldona also gets credit for standout performance for her powerful emotions she put into her role, as well as Stephan Lang was also fantastic even though you love to hate his character, other noteworthy performances are Sigourney Weaver,Michelle Rodriguez,Joel David Moore,and Laz Alonso.
The Score by James Horner is the most magnificent music I've ever heard,so beautiful and epic. It incorporates tribal chants and some of the Na'vi language was used in the soundtrack, most noticeable in "Jake's First Flight" which is one of my favorite score pieces. Other favorite musical cues includes "You don't Dream in Cryo. ...","The Bioluminescence of the Night","Becoming one of 'The People' Becoming one with Neytiri","Quaritch","War", "Thanator Chase", "The Destruction of Hometree",and "Great Leonoptryx". Horner also did the theme song for Avatar "I See You" with Simon Farnglen, who produced the song "My Heart Will Go On". It's such a beautiful pop ballad sung by Leona Lewis. A winner for the writers behind the song for it fits perfectly with the whole mood of the greeting, as well as to comprehend someone. It doesn't compare to the sad theme song of Titanic, which is a good thing because the song is meant to be written for the love relationship between Jake and Neytiri.
So overall, this is a must see film of the year. Not only is it one of the best movies of 2009, its one of the best movies of the decade.It is cliched in parts of the story; however, these cliches to me are forgiven for its truly immersive, action-packed, and visually stunning experience of the imaginative dream-like world of Pandora.
The Massie Twins. "Plot Summary for Avatar." IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2012.