Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Look, blue aliens.
This film was selected from ‘The 250’
I don’t know how he does it, but James Cameron is the man in terms of creating the highest grossing movies…ever. First came Titanic, then came Avatar – on the top of the highest grossing movies to have ever existed – and both very well done. Neither of these movies would I consider my personal favorite, nor a movie I would add to my own personal collection, but they’re pretty decent for a single-viewing. Others may disagree and rant and rave about it all they want – that’s cool. I ain’t stopping you, go for it. As for me, Avatar is just a real fun single-viewing type of movie.
So Avatar is really about Jake Sully, a parapalegic ex-marine who was selected for a special mission on a planet called Pandora. His twin brother recently died, and he was part of a special “avatar” program, and the only person that could operate his avatar was Jake. Basically, the avatar in question is a fake version of the native alien – and they’re needed because they are tall and good for special tasks regular humans can’t do, plus they look like natives, so they can interact with the actual planet the way the aliens do. Anyways, Jake loves his avatar because it can actually walk/run, and beore long, he gets separated from his people and runs into a tribe of natives who teach him the way to be a blue alien. It is there that he falls for a alien and his devotion is put into question.
Avatar has been compared most commonly to Disney’s Pocahontas, and for good reason. Other people would say it’s basically the same movie, but I would rather say….it’s just strikingly similar in some of the scenes and maybe the very basic plot structure/idea. Instead, you have an original story…for the most part. This was all based on something James Cameron has had in the back of his head for the last few decades, so throughout the years maybe some of his ideas have been done out of pure coincidence. No biggie. It’s not easy to tell anyway, because of the fresh look and conception of everything else is enough for self-sustainability.
As I watched, I was looking for the messages this movie was trying to get across, which was a lot of self-discovery, cultural shock/respect, with a big focus on ethics towards living creatures as a whole. It was also very spiritual and I think a big portion of the movie wanted to spread a green-friendly message of hug the trees! So, they had some good messages in there, but as far as plot direction goes, I’m not sure I actually cared so much about…much of anything. It was a lot of fun to watch, but I think that’s about it. The plot was about trying to get this…rock that is really uber important for this reason or that…I don’t know. They tried to say – okay, we really want this rock – really badly, but in the end, it was just a McGuffin.
So I wasn’t a fan of the plot. The action and the visuals were really nuts, though. For a movie that’s five years old, it’s still some of the best visuals I’ve ever seen. It also has some really beautiful concept art and original scenary – not to mention the models of the aliens themselves are really original and completely unforgettable. As far as how the movie looks – nearly perfect. I say nearly because the 3D is very depthy. Meaning it looks really good, but some of the live-action shots will hurt the heck out of your head.
It’s hard to really pinpoint how I feel about this movie, because I really do think it’s a fabulously done movie, but I personally don’t care if I’ll never see it again at the same time. Maybe it’s because it’s so long…maybe it’s because I don’t care as much about the plot, maybe it’s the 3D, or maybe it’s just not my type of movie…I don’t know. It’s hard to tell. It’s a good one-time viewing for sure, and you may love it so much you’ll have the need to buy it. Everyone is different.
Avatar is a beautiful movie. The visuals supercede most of anything that comes out nowadays, and the originality and epicness is hard to forget.
Some people wouldn’t say this is original, and instead a rip-off of Pocahantas. They may also have trouble connecting with the overal plot. The chemistry from the characters are fine, but the story itself….meh.
“Jake’s atrophied legs were prosthetics cast from the legs of a real paraplegic. Sam Worthington’s real legs were tucked into the wheelchair and digitally removed in post-production.” – I knew it