First of all. I know I’m late. I’m sorry, but this movie is just too popular. It has actually been extremely difficult to even get into the theater to see this one. Already, it has reached the number two all-time domestic and international box-office spot, just behind another James Cameron gem, Titanic. But Avatar’s run is nowhere near over. It’s only been out for three weeks to date, and the premiere weekend was the same as the crazy snow storm that wreaked havoc up and down the east coast. So, for those of you hating hard core, just look at the numbers. The movie has raised over a BILLION dollars worldwide already. This movie is no joke. So enough with business, on to the review.
I’m not a professional film critic, so I won’t act like one. But I know a high quality film when I see it. The visual quality, the direction, the story…its all there. And as for the genre of the film, it’s officially listed under Sci-Fi, I think, but this picture is an epic. It has action, adventure, drama, comedy, and a captivating love story. The story is really where Avatar wins. I personally really live for the experience of viewing a quality film in the movie theater, and what that brings with it. All of the perfect elements came together to make this a righteous experience. First of all the theater was packed. Every seat was taken, and all of the movie goers actually wanted to be there. Something special happens when you realize that hundreds of people are all together, totally enthralled by cinematic magic. When everyone there is totally silent and focused. This atmosphere, special in and of itself, also contributes to the best possible taking in of the film. I love it when this happens. And visually, what Avatar got its critical acclaim for, the movie lives up to the hype. Stunning. And the 3D effects are easily the best of any movie yet. The 3D picture actually added to the experience. Used for more than just a few cheap, albeit fascinating gimmicks. And also, just the computer animation for the film was spectacular. It looked great, better than anything that’s come before it, that I’ve seen. There was one moment in the movie that the animation was so good, that it actually had me fooled and in disbelief. Just before the final conflict of the movie, the main character, Jake Sully, prays at the Tree of Souls, to the planet of Pandora’s deity, Eywa. As the camera moves closer to him in the scene, the way the the light plays on his hair and skin from the opposite side is unbelievable. I thought, for a split second, that I was looking at a real alien. Craze.
Anywho, see the movie. If you go into it with an open mind, and still emerge with a negative opinion, you’re hating. Simple as that. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, Avatar is the truth.