Avatar 3D (2009) PG-13 162min
December 21st, 2009 by Maxim · 6 Comments · 18,782 Views
Just saw Avatar in I-MAX 3D. Here’s a quick 10-point review.
1. The plot: it’s a lot like “Dances with wolves”: a white man wins the trust of the tribesmen and is accepted into the tribe as equal (becomes “one of us”), but later has to chose a side.
2. Capitalism is awesome: shareholders’ interests are above all. Screw indigenous people (”savages”) – men come with heavy equipment (and guns), “humanely” displace indigenous people into reservations and plunder their natural resources. History of American continent. Well, history of the world, really. Luckily for natives, through some magic the mother nature itself joins the uprising – animals come out of the jungle to crash soldiers in a stampede – like in the “Jungle Book”?! Alas, “the balance of life is restored”. Huh?
3. Fantastic visuals! Especially in 3D. Amazing integration of people into 3D CGI environment (or vice verse), better then in “Transformers”. A lot of attention is paid to tiniest details, though some detail is not shown in order to obtain PG-13 rating. Also, I was glad that 3D things don’t come out of the screen – wouldn’t want any of the animals from that planet sneeze on me or touch me with their tails. Cameron’s 3D visuals does immerse you into imaginative, but fake world. It just does not feel real at any point. Shrimp-people in “District 9″ were much more real then monkey-people in Avatar. Avatar is an example of “style over substance” movement in Hollywood.
4. Other then “Daces with wolves”, two other movies come to mind in comparison: “Planet of Apes”, except most humans are bad guys and the “monkey people” need a rebel human to direct their uprising, and “The Last Samurai”, in that the human “needs to learn the ways” of the locals, become part of the tribe, and accept their way of life over his old way of life.
5. There are some nice action scenes, but first and foremost it’s a [sci-fi] fantasy movie.
6. Humans are plugged into their avatars – Matrix style.
7. Very enjoyable adventure filled with action, fantasy, humor and eye-candy. Not much drama though. Most suitable for young teenage audience, but adults will have fun too.
8. A lot of relationships, acting and action in the movie is rather schematic, but in a sweet way and often makes people laugh with it’s naivete.
9. Good acting, however it’s more over the top then not, and animated characters are, well… more animated then humans in the movie.
Director – James Cameron | Writer – James Cameron | Jake Sully – Sam Worthington | Neytiri – Zoe Saldana | Dr. Grace Augustine – Sigourney Weaver | Colonel Miles Quaritch – Stephen Lang | Trudy Chacon – Michelle Rodriguez | Parker Selfridge – Giovanni Ribisi
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