Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
, if you haven't seen it yet, is not a blind-buy title IMHO.
While the digital 3D, in a quality 3D equipped theater, is far better than anything seen to-date, this has got to be James Cameron's weakest movie yet (Titanic
was the other, but even for its failings it had more gravitas than Avatar
The plot is Disney-thin and of very seen-it-all-before quality, and mostly populated by one-dimensional, black and white (absolutely no shades of gray) stock characters, wooden actors, and actors who should know how to act a few notches better than they do in this film (cough Sigourney Weaver cough).
Cameron does have another one of his signature strong-female-lead rolls (mostly thanks to a spirited mo-cap performance by Zoe Saldana), but one good character cannot save an entire movie.
Some may not like the anti-military, anti-corporation, anti-establishment, anti-exploitation, pro-nature stance Cameron takes. I happen to agree with the familiar message, but it might have come across better and not so heavy-handed with a stronger, more nuanced screenplay.
Without the 3D and mostly impressive visual feast (partly in-camera practical effects, mostly synthetically CGI created of various levels of quality), Avatar
would be just another in a long line of ho-hum sci-fi/fantasy/action-adventures Hollywood keeps churning out.
If you're going to buy it, wait for the 3D Director's Cut version Cameron is working on. It surely isn't worth buying in 2D. The glaring story and acting problems might just be more noticeable.Aliens
this is not.