About time I saw this movie, right? My friend had actually bought the DVD a few days ago, so a girls night with action movies seems like the best way to spend an evening. And there was cookie dough, which just made it ten times more awesome.
If you're unfamiliar with my "Movie Thoughts" shindig, I usually just have a very informal review of it, and a tiny summary. And inspired by my recent change in structure for my book reviews, I shall incorporate that into movie reviews as well.
My Expectations: uhm.... I don't even think I'm going to answer this. Over 2 billion dollars grossed, everybody's favourite movie EVAR... yeah, I think you get the picture. However, I thought I would be the weird one who disliked it.
Delivery: fell short of the hype, but don't worry. It was just a small fall.
Avatar is about an alien planet Pandora in 2154 where the Na'vi live, and humans (being the greedy and terrible people they are portrayed) want to mine the rich minerals in Pandora-land. They send in a human-in-a-Na'vi-body to "learn" stuff and whatnot, but really to spy. La-di-da, you can probably guess that the spy has a change-of-heart, then chaos ensues! Bam, exposions, CGI seizure.
I really liked this movie, but I didn't love it. It was above average for me. As most of you have probably dedcuced, the graphics were ah-mazing. Pandora felt so realistic, along with all the weird animals and Na'vi. Althought sometimes I got a bit annoyed by the excessive glow in the dark plants and stuff, it was overall a masterpiece of CGI (Computer Generated Imagery); it kind of makes me regret not watching it in 3-D when it first came out. I was especially impressed with the Na'vi and the setting.
Why didn't I watch it earlier? I didn't want to be a hype-person, didn't want to do what everyone was doing. I didn't think I would like it very much.
Plot-wise, it was average. But then again, most plots are somewhat average these days. Avatar was predictable, could be cheesy, and really there wasn't that many surprises apart from how willing director James Cameron seemed to be for killing off characters.
The acting wasn't that amazing, I felt disoriented with the Na'vi speak, and some of the human acting felt forced. Overall, I wished I liked the movie more.
Popcorn Review: Watch it for the graphics, they will blow your mind, don't nitpick, just let yourself get swept away.
Rating: 8.8/10 where 10 is LOTR and 7.5 is Julie and Julia.
Have you seen it? Did you love it? And personally, I thought The Hurt Locker deserved the Oscar now that I've seen both movies.