Saturday, January 16, 2010

Avatar - yeah, I LOVED it!



So I joined the ranks... the ranks of thousands and thousands of people who have seen Avatar, that is.  And oh my goodness - I LOVED it.  I went in with no expectations (to tell you the truth, for the first few minutes, I thought we were still watching the movie previews.  I turned to J and said, "this looks interesting, we should see it!").  I'm not that into Sci-Fi or even special effects.  I prefer the old hand-illustrated Disney movies to the flashy new Pixar flicks.  I recently saw Sherlock Holmes and was bored and annoyed by the over-draw fight sequences and the hyped up special effects (by the final fight scene, on top of a huge, crumbling scaffold high above a bay, I was ready to get up and leave).  But Avatar was different somehow.  Yes, special effects clearly play a huge roll.  But somehow reality and fantasy were seamlessly merged, both visually and thematically.  I was taken away to Pandora and I never once stopped to think, 'yeah, right' like I so often do when watching science fiction plots unfold.  I honestly didn't want Avatar to end, and I never once craved popcorn (movie theatre popcorn cravings are, in my opinion, the sign of a dull movie.  Or incredible starvation).  Yes, it costs a fortune in theaters because it is 3D, but if you can afford it, I highly recommend you see Avatar.  Was it life-changing?  Maybe, maybe not, but it was one of the most incredible movies I've ever seen - and that says a lot.  Another reason I loved Avatar?  The Na'vis kind of look like cats.  And who doesn't love a blue cat on two legs?

Have you seen Avatar yet?  Or are you like I was - kind of apathetic about this whole Avatar craze?

photo credits: The Improper Film

10 comments:

Jean said...

I saw it yesterday, and I loved it. I loved the story, I loved the effects, I loved the characters..I loved everything about it. It was such a beautiful movie. Definitely one of the best I've seen in a very, very long time.

Brooke said...

I totally agree with everything you said Jean! I was really, really surprised by how much I loved it :)

Rebecca said...

I haven't seen it, and like you were I am apathetic. I think I will have to take the plunge sooner or later though. I am worried because I read in the paper that people have been getting depressed after seeing the perfection of the film and knowing that their own lives will never match up to it. This makes me sad!!

Brooke said...

You totally should take the plunge :) Because it is so visually stunning, it looks incredible on the huge theatre screen (and my tiny, old TV at home could never compare), so seeing it in theaters is ideal too!

That is sad that people are depressed after seeing it! I didn't feel depressed - just sad that the movie was over! (but hey, I wouldn't be surprised if a part two was already in the works!).

Let me know what you think if (or when) you go to see it!!

Polish Hoarder said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the movie!... I saw it a while ago. My boyfriend really wanted to see it so I agreed to go. We missed the 7pm showing and had to go to the 10:30pm movie! I thought for sure that I'd fall asleep in the first 15 minutes. However, the movie completely surprised me! I couldn't take my eyes off of it! I loved every minute and didn't want it to end :( I even want to see it again!!

Felony Melanie said...

I saw it last week and agree the effects are great! If you're going to see this movie, see it in 3D at the theaters.

That said....the plot/writing/characters left me groaning. Parts of it were just such laughable parallels to real life. "Unobtainium" (LOL at that name....seriously?): oil. Evil Americans in Avatar: Evil Americans in Iraq. OR, better yet, Avatar: Pocahantas (see this quick comparison: http://cdn.fd.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/James-Camerons-Pocahontas.gif ). And overall I just didn't feel that they spent a tenth of the time on the writing or story development that the graphics deserved.

That said, I am very glad I saw it, because it was so visually stunning (and I would definitely recommend seeing it just for the effects). I just wish that they had spent some more time on...writing the movie.

Brooke said...

I'm glad you and your boyfriend liked it Polish Hoarder! We saw it at 7:30 because we were sure we wouldn't make it through a later showing, but like you, we were both totally riveted and couldn't have fallen asleep during it no matter how late it was. I want to see it again too :)

Brooke said...

Melanie, yeah the 'unobtanium' thing was a little silly - I was like really, you couldn't think of a less transparent name than that? But I agree that the effects were spectacular! We saw it in non-3D and we really want to go back and see it in 3D :)

Niki* said...

lol I blogged about it on my Ink blog...I think it was pretty but the story was played out. You HAVE to see it for the visuals and ignore the story, cause if you've seen Pocahontas, Ferngully or even Dances with Wolves, you've seen this story 3 times already.

Brooke said...

^^ haha, yeah, the plot line was very familiar. But I agree - it was very pretty :)

 
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