Another movie that I wasn’t necessarily that keen on seeing, but I”ve been hearing SO much about is Avatar. So I finally decided I better see what all the hype is about. Didn’t know MUCH about the plotline or anything, which probably made it better….lower expectations. I have to say…I liked it. Considering it was a whopping 2 HRS. 40 MIN. long, and it actually did FEEL pretty long, it was quite enjoyable and kept me interested.
If I had to describe this movie to others…I would have to say Dances With Wolves (being immersed in another culture and learning to appreciate/become part of them) meets Lord of the Rings (fantasy/epic)meets Star Wars (fantasy creatures/sci-fi) meets The Last Samurai (same like Wolves…fighting to help the people you have learned to respect and love).
I figured, if I’m gonna see it, might as well go all out and see the 3D version. I’ve only seen 2 other movies in 3D: Monsters vs Aliens and Up. Gotta say…Avatar‘s 3D was SO much more worth it.
Of course, VISUALLY this movie is just AWESOME. I know James Cameron, who wrote and directed this movie…spent SO MUCH time and money on this movie…it BETTER be something! And visually IT WAS. Some of those sweeping scenes were just beautiful. Also within the forest, etc…the vivid colors that were used…pretty awesome in itself.
The part which I thought was kinda cool was the mixture of live-action and animation. Obviously, this isn’t the first movie to do this, but…just the whole concept of the story…how they linked the animated characters to the live human characters was very cool. Very “matrix-like.” Sorry but it’s too hard to explain the whole plotline in a blog.
The Na’Vi characters took some getting used to, as they obviously aren’t the most beautiful looking “creatures.” BUT, as the movie goes on, you don’t even really think about it. You do get to really appreciate who “these people” are and why it becomes so important to help/save them.
If you’re looking for action, the movie definitely throws that in…and quite a bit. There’s some major action sequences…fights…wars. You’ve got it all! Robots, humans, Na’vi, animals/creatures…all fighting each other. The movie actually gets to be quite violent in parts.
I didn’t even realize Michelle Rodriguez is even IN this movie…but AS SOON as I heard her voice (they didn’t even show her face yet), I COULD TELL it was her. She ALWAYS plays the SAME type of character. Really TOUGH human and basically a b****. Sorry. But she really does. I am NOT a big fan of hers…never liked her on LOST…but at least in this movie she gets to play a “good guy.” Still got SOME ATTITUDE tho. Which I guess makes her perfect for that role. Go figure.
Sam Worthington plays “Sully,” the main human and also the main “avatar.” You get to see him in human form and as the voice of his Avatar. I didn’t see Terminator, which is the other movie that made him “known,” but…I have to say…he was QUITE attractive in this movie. He’s a really good-looking guy…not to mention he has this Australian accent which adds to his appeal. Gonna keep my eye out for future projects this guy does.
The other notable actor in this movie is Sigourney Weaver. Haven’t seen her in anything in quite a while, so it was good to see her in a big blockbuster like this. Her character, Grace, a scientist, is quite a tough cookie. She’s another one where you get to see her in human form AND as an avatar.
What’s funny is that Sigourney’s avatar was a DEAD RINGER for her:
…while Sam Worthington’s one didn’t really look like him:
The one major character you wish you could see as a human was the Na’vi character, Neytiri. Unfortunately, she’s not an avatar, but an actual Na’vi, so you don’t ever get to see Zoe Saldana (who voices Neytiri). Most people know Zoe from Star Trek (she played Uhura).
Avatar really did have such an EPIC feel all-around. James Cameron sure made this movie into something big. Altho it’s definitely not for everybody (if you’re not big on sci-fi or fantasy, this isn’t for you), it really was worth seeing. But you should see it on the big screen. The scenery and battle sequences call for that big screen in order to really experience it. If you can, the 3D enhances all those beautiful scenes as well. Keep in mind that it IS a long movie, but overall it was a worthwhile movie where you do get attached to the story and characters (or at least I did). Or if anything, it’s worth it just based on the visual alone.