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18 December 2009 @ 11:59 pm
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 I'm sure my new icon gives away some of my feelings about the movie. My non-spoilery thoughts tonight:

~ Was it pretty?   If it doesn't win an Oscar for best special effects, it will be an absolute crime.

~ But I've heard some people say that the pretty is really all it has going for it.  Sorry, but I do disagree.  Was the story a familiar one?  Yes.  But so is every romance novel, every epic fantasy novel, every hero's journey.  I happen to enjoy this particular story when it's done well.  I love Dances with Wolves, and yes, I admit I enjoyed The Last Samurai.  I enjoyed the heck out of this movie, too.

~ Zoe Saldana was undeniably awesome as Neytiri.  And I'm going to say it: I thought Sam Worthington was pretty freaking awesome, too.  I totally believed his story arc as Jake, and I thought he did a great job with it, both emotionally and physically.  They played off one another very well, and totally sold me.  You give me great characters, and I'll buy into their story.  The actors here took a  story that could very easily have stumbled into yawn territory, and totally invested me in it, in them.  And let's face it - doing that while spending the entire movie as a digital character is a freaking accomplishment.

~ The villain could have used some three dimensionality.  And I really could have done without the couple of preachy/politically motivated lines that broke me out of the story.  Particularly "we will fight terror with terror!" - if I never hear that line in a movie again, it will be too freaking soon.  Good grief, Hollywood, we get it.  Please stop using every war in every movie ever made to make your point.  It made no sense at all to use it in this conflict, and it broke me right out of the story as a consequence (that, and it's so overused I grit my teeth every damn time I hear it.)   And also "unobtanium" - are you freaking kidding me, Cameron?  Obvious, lazy, and ridiculous.  But really, it could have been a lot worse.  Cameron could have hammered us over the head again and again with the message of the movie, but for the most part, he let the story and the pretty just lay it out there, which I vastly prefer to repeated hammer blows.  Really, it's obvious anyway, and the audience is generally a lot more clever than filmmakers often give us credit for.  99 times out of 100, we don't need to be struck over the head repeatedly to "get it".

~ But other than the very minor quibble, Avatar is probably my favorite movie this year.  It is certainly in the top five, and it's without question the prettiest! :)  My theater broke out into spontaneous applause when the credits rolled, and was sold out at a show that had two other theaters showing the movie at the exact same time.  When we walked out, the line for the next showings was out the theater doors.  

Neytiri.  She is kick ass.  A woman, a warrior, a leader.  She gets some of the best heroic moments in the film, including being the one to take out the big bad in the end, and saving Jake's ass! Okay, so it was really more like one spoilery note I couldn't resist making.  But whatever.  Neytiri is awesome.  That is all.   

 
 
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annete: Fangirl Gleeanneten on December 23rd, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you on your review! I loved the characters, the visuals, and the 3D technology (which, in IMAX, is UNBELIEVABLE)!

I also found that, although the story was familiar, there were several plot twists thrown in that surprised me - and that, in itself, is an accomplishment. In this age of re-make upon re-make and endless rehashing of formula plots, those moments when I sit up with surprise and say 'OH!' are worth the price of admission.

Now if they can only translate that 3D tech into something that can be viewed at home...
Thornharper_knight on December 24th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Unobtanium made the friend who was sitting next to me when we watched it giggle every time. I agree it's ridiculous, but, y'know; it's a company mining something on another world. You can imagine them naming it something totally ridiculous to keep up the mystique back home. Not that Cameron obviously thought about that; just sayin.

The story was pretty obvious, so were the characters, and I didn't care. At all. They took a story that's been done to death and did it well. Even the obvious bits (when they run into the giant fly-y thing the first time, and she shows him the skeleton and tells him about her ancestor who united the tribes? If you tell me you didn't see the foreshadowing in that, you're lying :P) were AWESOME.. when he jumped onto that thing's back I was kinda jumping up and down in my seat.

They managed to take the 'savages with bows vs guys with gunships' trope from scifi and make it not suck too much! Watching Jake and his flying mount of doom knock a gunship out of the air.. with another gunship.. well. That was amazing. It still makes me giggle when I think about it, actually.

I'm gonna go see it again.

By the way, saw your comment on Jim Hines' 'bite me' blog post, and so I came to investigate and got caught up by Avatary goodness.