In no way does this review intend to do anything but convince you that, despite its faults, Avatar is the Must-See movie of our generation.
Let’s get one thing out of the way now: in no way am I panning Avatar. That movie was incredible on so many levels. Visually I was mesmerized and made every effort to take every detail in. I was astounded by the depth of it all and the plot was easy to follow with key, defined characters there for the understanding in a simple manner.
This is perhaps the only movie that I have told a 65 year old senior law firm partner and a 11 year old European kid that they HAD to go see, immediately, in theatres. As a general rule, I hate going to crowded theatres and prefer to hold out for the latter half of a film’s run or even just wait for Netflix and my 60” high def TV. But Avatar is a once in a generation type of flick. The type of movie that changes the way cinema is shot and produced forever. That’s not hyperbole… that’s reality. And if people need evidence, just check the vast number of producers that are lining up to use Cameron’s new technology.
Why, one asks? Well, how bout the fact that Avatar has made it into the black after just 12 days of worldwide release. It’s not a stretch to say, with $600+ million in the bank and no drop in receipts, that Avatar could pass $1 billion by the end of the New Year’s weekend and be well on its way toward being the first film to legitimately challenge Cameron’s last theatrical release (Titanic) and its record $1.8 billion haul.
But here’s my problem, Avatar is a brilliant movie, but like Titanic it’s actually a pretty crappy film. Huh?
Again, I think it’s worth noting that I loved the hell out of this movie. I plan on seeing it at least two more times in IMAX. The 3D was brilliantly done in that it set the mood without dominating the film. The CGI rendering is so amazing that you think it is live film. The Navi are so realistic that it makes you want to Darth Vader strangle everyone who screamed out “Jar Jar!” when seeing the trailers.
Cameron has created in Pandora a universe that’s almost hyper realistic. The only thing I can compare it to, visually, is seeing the World Cup or Monday Night Football in High Definition for the first time after a lifetime of bunny ears analog viewing. There were several times I just wanted to pause the projector and drink in the careful level of detail and striking brilliance of what Cameron’s team created.
It all was so amazing that I didn’t care about the following beefs, which I set forth below.
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