Movie Review: “Avatar”-Was it Really Worth All The Hype?

Posted: January 11, 2010 by Brian in Medical, movies, Review
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It’s a new year, and James Cameron’s latest film, “Avatar” is still taking over the box offices, both domestically and internationally, surpassing the $1 Billion mark globally, making it the fourth highest grossing film (so far) in history in only three weeks since its opening day. I’ve given my eyes the privilege of feasting on this visually stunning film. Cameron goes all out with this one, sending the audience to the fictional planet of Pandora, which resembles an all too familiar planet, but making you believe otherwise at the same time. The story focuses mainly on Jake Sully, a paraplegic marine, who is sent to Pandora on a unique mission. There, he must use an “avatar” body to befriend the Na’vi, the native tribe, as well as gather intelligence about the tribe for his mission. Jake quickly falls in love with Neytiri, and ends up having to choose between fighting with his own race or fighting for the Na’vi, in an attempt to save their homes against the greedy corporates who want to destroy their forests to mine for a precious resource that sits beneath the Na’vi territory.

The film has a running time of 156 minutes (2 hr 36m), but time flies since there is never a dull moment. You will easily notice Cameron put a lot of time and money into this movie. From hiring a linguist to develop the Na’vi language to the new CG/motion capture technology used in the movie. Cameron also did a phenomenal job in creating this world that is Pandora. The creatures, the ecology and the environment in whole is something very unknown. As you watch the film and notice seemingly familiar creatures, Cameron’s imagination throws you completely off track and reminds you that things are NOT what they seem in Pandora.

“Avatar” is easily one of the most groundbreaking and innovative films in the history of filmmaking, and will retain that title for decades to come, I’m sure. If you haven’t checked this out yet, do yourselves and others around you a favor and do so as quickly as possible. Everyone is talking about this film for a reason, folks. An absolutely perfect reason. You’ll just have to watch it to believe the hype.

Rating: 10/10

Later This Week: Top Films To Look Out For in 2010

  1. jelly says:

    I enjoyed the movie as well, and that took me by surprise.. I love your review on the movie

  2. Would it have kiled him to spend more than $2.50 on a script? Unobtainium? Really? He also ripped himself off by using the identical giant human robot suit. You remember — the one from Aliens that Sigourney Weaver (heh — same actress even) dons to fight the Alien.

    • B Me says:

      See, I would have to disagree with you on this Keith. Although, at times, he did seem to take ideas from his previous movies, I always look at each film independently. Meaning, if this was a fresh new idea, how well does it do for itself. There are others who “recycle” ideas as well. Think Scorecese and Tim Burton. Burton not only recycles ideas into new movies, he uses Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter, his wife, over and over again and still makes it work. So for a fresh audience, today’s generation, who probably haven’t seen classics such as Aliens or The Abyss, Avatar really represents something uniquely different. I mean, Cameron hasn’t made anything in 13 years, which to some moviegoers may be longer than they’ve been breathing. But I do understand your frustration. This was almost something like “Pocahontas 2010”, in a way. Thanks for your comment.

    • I’m with you, keithosaunders. I bet he could have gotten a better script for $1.00.

      And the human in a robot thing even dates back to his student film.

  3. Me says:

    Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe! I’ll go and read some more! What do you see the future of this being?

    • B Me says:

      Hmm, I’m not sure I understand what you mean? If by “the future of this”, you mean the blog, well I hope its a good one. Other than that, you may have to specify exactly which future you’re questioning. 🙂 Thanks for reading by the way. And don’t forget to check out the new post, “Top Films of 2010”. Also, to the right, you’ll find a poll you can take! Thanks!

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