Jenn and I and a cast of Thousands (7 total) went to see Avatar this night. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for three years and I can say that it did not disappoint.
The 3D imagery was touted to be “the way it should be” and James Cameron delivered. Cameron is, of course, the man who gave us The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, T2 and Titanic. Every single one of those movies has been a Tour de Force and Avatar belongs right there with them. The 3D did not wrench your eyeballs around like Beowulf or Coraline did. This movie made it part of the background, part of the scenery so you didn’t even notice it most of the time. There were a few moments with objects sticking in the audience’s collective face, but they were not the rule. The 3D was awesome. This film will absolutely sweep the technical Oscars.
The story was fine. A bit trite and probably familiar to anyone who’s seen Ferngully, but it did not descend into absolute camp, nor were the characters straight from central casting. The one exception was the antagonist Colonel, but we knew what his role was from the get-go.
Whatever faults the story had, the action made up for. The battle scenes were spectacular with most of the main event happening in the sky to allow for the full blown three dimensional motion of character and camera to pop out of the 3D world. Seriously, it was great.
I will see this movie again, in the theater, for the full ticket price (which was steep). I hesitate to say whether we’ll purchase it for the home because a TV screen just would not do it justice.