Originally Posted by lordcloud
Just got in from an IMAX midnight showing.
Avatar = 100% pilferage. I could find not one single solitary original idea. Mix Aliens(and boy I mean a lot of Aliens), The Matrix, Apocalypto, Final Fantasy:Spirits Within, Dances With Wolves, and umpteen other movies, and you've got Avatar.
Did it live up to the hype? Not even close.
Was it epic? Oh yeah!
Awe inspiring at times? At times.
Was the 3D kick a$$. Without question.
But it was still pretty much a lazy hodgepodge of better movies if you ask me. I also had an issue with the CGI. It was nothing to write home about. Some scenes had me wondering if it was CGI or actual filmed content, but form the most part, the CGI was not spectacular in any way to me. The Na'vi looked about as real as any CGI creature I've seen lately, meaning less real than King Kong, but just about as real as Golem with better lip movement.
The acting was well done for the most part, Zoey Saldana really stood out for me, but there was really only character development for the two main characters. Everyone else was there to seemingly fill their duties as movie cliche's.
The real star of the show was the 3-D and the grand scope of the movie. The Imax theater I was in(Jordan Commons-Sandy, Utah) was nothing short of jaw dropping and most of the time, damn believable. I have been thinking lately about the next big thing in home viewing, seeing as how the human eye can only appreciate so much pure resolution. Folks, it's gotta be realistic 3D. Previous to this, the best 3D I had ever seen was Chicken Little with it's totally 3D, rounded environments and characters. Avatar was the same except REAL! By far the best 3D I've seen in the theater.
The sheer scope and grandeur of Avatar is also a big strong point. You get the feeling that you;re peering in on this other world at times. A very fascinating one at that. The cinematography was really quite good and sometimes breathtaking in it's beauty. Job well done in that area.
I do have a huge gripe with the all too familiar native, primitive, savage people always having to look ethnic. This bothers me to no end and really shows me that while things always change, they always seem to stay the same, and that JC has so much imagination and so very little at the same time.
To be quite honest though, this was still a very good movie, a very fun movie, and a very good time at the movies because the things I liked, I liked a lot. There were some claps and cheers during the movie, people seemed to really like it as I was leaving, and my movie partner(wife) just loved it. Will I buy this when it comes out? I'll have the blu ray before you do! The sound alone in a halfway decent HT will be worth it(the sound in my IMAX sucked, but I could hear the potential if I were deaf).
Really fun time at the movie overall. It;s not a great movie, not even a really good one, but I say check it out for the 3D and a look at the world he's created.
3 out of 5.