Saturday, December 26, 2009

Avatar

You're going to hear this a lot, but there's really no other way to say it: 'Avatar' is a mind-blowing and thoroughly entertaining immersion into another world, unlike anything you have ever seen before.

Much has been said about the groundbreaking 3-D technology created for the film, but what makes it so astonishing is that the effects are utterly seamless - so much so that after a while you are barely even conscious of them. The real breakthrough comes when the Na'vi and the creatures that inhabit their world become just as real to us as the humans.

Yes, the story is overly earnest at times, and the dialogue could really have used a few shots of Cameron's trademark humour. But in the end, Avatar has everything you could want from a movie plus a few things you never even imagined possible.

Even with the script's flaws, I'll give it five stars.

(Wow. It seems that, despite his best efforts to hate it, Murray loved Avatar as much as I did!)

3 comments:

  1. The Anti-Social SocialistDecember 26, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    I concur!  Saw it in 3D myself - it was hard to focus on at times and I think I'd rather it in 2D but...

    Yea, the movie is bopggling.  Most beautifully done animated movie I've ever seen.  Avatar will now be the line all other movies must cross before they can be considered 'good'.

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  2. Actually Avatar must be seen in 3D.  So much of the Pandora experience is lost without it.

    I also liked how they did not do silly things to emphasize 3D. Like characters pointing out of the screen needlessly. 

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  3. I wasn't really all that amazed. It looked decent, the 3D was OK, I didn't think it was amazing by any stretch of the imagination though. I liked the story a lot more than I thought I would. I liked the movie overall, but the special effects to me were not that mind blowing. IMAX 3D might be different than just regular theatre 3D, but I could have seen it in 2D and lost nothing.

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