Avatar The Movie Review – S For Spectacular

by Jon Pinney on January 22, 2010

Avatar The MovieWell, if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re one of the few.  Avatar the movie (directed by James Cameron) has already grossed more than any other film in box office history other than Titanic, Cameron’s other most successful movie to date.  At approx 1.7 billion dollars after only 1 month (go here to see current stats), Avatar is on pace to beat Titanic.

I saw it opening night (against my will) and again 2 days later.  I also saw it in IMAX 3D about a week ago.  It is one of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen – despite the fact that the majority of the visual elements in the film were computer generated.  And the creativity involved in this movie (from a visual and world-creation standpoint – characters, creatures, plants, etc.) is spectacular.

Sam Worthington plays the lead male role and performs admirably.  But the star of the show by far (in my opinion) is Zoe Saldana.  Her physical grace and emotional depth come across beautifully even through her CGI blue alien form.  Mention should also be made of the CGI experts that made blue skin not only attractive, but very real.

The only weak point in the film is the story, which follows other similar plots previously explored in Pocahontas and Fern Gully.  In my opinion, the story is told well enough with good enough special effects and acting that the unoriginal plot line doesn’t bother me.  In fact, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

In short, if you haven’t seen this film, I suggest you do.

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Ashley January 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I feel the same way, Double S for Super Spectacular! I think a lot of applause should be given to the artists who developed the creatures, critters, bugs, plants, lighting, skin, emotion, and movement of all the CGI in the movie. I am just blown away that it was even possible to create something that looked this real, and was that original! Can we talk about the floating mountains of Pandora?? I mean, knock me over, I had tears in my eyes several times just from the beauty of this film! As for those who get hung up on the story, which is NOT BAD (don’t get me started, every Hollywood movie is the same, and you get hung up on this one??), you need to OPEN YOUR EYES, this film is a cinematic masterpiece!

Jon Pinney January 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Awesome Ash! I also enjoyed your post about Avatar on your own blog. It is funny how people can get hung up about a plot point or character when almost every movie has similar issues. Oh well, I hope you enjoy the IMAX!

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