Mr.'s Review of Avatar
Hey, whoa! Look who showed up late to the party! Yeah yeah, shame on me for waiting THIS long to watch one of the most anticipated movies of all time. I can't say that I'm as enthusiastic about it as a lot of viewers were, but I can confidently say that I was fully engrossed and entertained throughout this 2 hour 40 minute tech demo.
I'll save you the bulls*** you've heard a hundred times before about the story, the message, and the comparisons to a certain Kevin Costner epic. My opinion is generally the same for those attributes as they are with everyone else. I will say that this is a better showcase for Sam Worthington's acting than Clash of the Titans. Sure, he was a little wooden in Terminator: Salvation, but in all fairness, he was playing a robot. It's also good to see Sigourney Weaver back in the acting saddle.
It's been a long time since an alien world has seemed so . . . real. It's very clear that the film makers were very meticulous on the physicis and mythology of Pandora. Excellent creature design, bad-ass futuristic weaponry, and a pelethora of lively colors make you want to lick your TV screen, thinking it'll taste something like Trix cereal. How this movie won Best Cinematography, though, is beyond me! What cinematography? In that case, why wasn't Up nominated?
James Cameron occasionally gets a little heavy-handed with the Na'vi/Native American comparisons, but you probably won't mind. The real disappointment was the bad guy, Colonel . . . Quaritch? Does anybody actually have that name? Weird . . . Anyway, Quaritch is just a standard, cookie-cutter "military villain" who hates peacefulness and likes to blow s*** up good.
It has a good pace, but it still feels a little long. I really want to like this movie more. Perhaps I should have seen it in theaters with the 3-D technology (which is supposed to be ballin', from what I've heard), but working on Psychos and Functioning Psychos (the link is still on my blog; please visit) sucked up all of my free time. But alas, Cameron delivers a great ride that is sure to pave the way for movies in the future.