Everyone else’s opinion on Avatar
I’m sad to say it seems like I’m the only person who didn’t enjoy Avatar. And I knew I wouldn’t like it before I even went into the theatre. First, I’m not one for science fiction. It takes a very good movie to get me involved in a sci-fi story. In fact, thinking about it, I can only name two: Sunshine and Moon. So it had that working against it. I’m not all about special effects either. I can’t seem to distinguish between what’s been done before, and what hasn’t. So I can’t really make a call on that criterion either.
What I do know, is that this story has been told a million times (Fern Gully, Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohicans, The Last Samurai). I didn’t so much appreciate those films either, so when I had to sit through almost three hours of the same movie in 3D, I was just bored. Every scene seemed predictable, and the dialog was particularly uninspired. Even the most impressive special effects seemed to be a tribute to James Cameron’s past films (remember when the big tree falls on all the blue people? remember when Titanic’s smoke shaft fell on all the poor Irish people?).
That being said, I fully recognize that I’m not one who can really make a solid judgement call based on my inability to understand this genre. So, I’m looking to my blogging friends that said, in their reviews, what I can’t.
From Rachel’s Reel Reviews:
Though Mr. Cameron’s films may be lacking in original story and plot these days, you can’t help but admire his labor of love. He uses lots of smoke and mirrors (i.e. CGI) to make his audience think we’ve seen a truly great film. In reality, we haven’t, but we don’t care, because by the time the end credits roll, we’ve gotten our money’s worth. [Full Review Here]
The Dark of the Matinée:
Quite honestly, expressing my feelings on AVATAR seems to be a bit tricky. Let me start with the obvious – I loved it. There are few films made these days that must be seen in a theatre – I mean really, how much is it worth to watch a Michael Bay Pyrotechnic Extravaganza?? AVATAR is one of the few. It’s said that the film was in development for fifteen years. If that is true, then every day of that stretch was time well spent. [Full Review Here]
A Life of Equinox:
You see as a movie going experience Avatar quite literally has it all. The plot is a combination of Pocahontas, Ferngully, and Last Samurai, all thrown into the hands of James Cameron, who we all know loves his special effects. Yet even for all the memorable aspects of James Cameron’s plot we gain something far more valuable then a simple narrative: we gain a new world. If you think about what makes a solid fantasy film work, even years after its relevance has faded, it is that it transports you to a new way of existing. We dream of traveling to Middle Earth, spending time at Hogwarts, or battling terminators in a barren wasteland. Truly good fantasy films capture the imagination in ways we could only dream of. [Full Review Here]
Phil on Film:
Ultimately, perhaps that’s what I love most about Avatar, the fact that it is a massive, effects-heavy blockbuster movie that dares to be different. It is not a sequel or a prequel, it’s not a remake or a reboot. This is something new; a genuinely ambitious attempt to push the boundaries of what is possible in cinema while still providing a mass audience with an entertainment that is both action-packed and politically and socially engaged. On almost every level, I’d say Cameron succeeds, and he has instantly set an intimidating new benchmark for blockbuster filmmaking, which few will have the imagination or the sheer audacity to challenge. [Full Review Here]