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Dec 31, 2009

Avatar - The Review

Official Avatar Movie
Well now that I have seen Avatar in both 3d and 2d, it is time for me to drop my $0.02 on the subject.

First off, this is a great movie. A class David vs Goliath story that takes place in an amazingly detailed and interesting world. Everything just fits really well together, the plants, the animals, the floating rocks. James Cameron deserves a lot of praise for creating such a rich setting. I especially liked the night scenes with all the glow-in-the-dark plants.

In 3d, the movie works because the focus is on the story and not the 3d effects. Any 3d film I have seen in the past seems to be totally focused on cheesy 3d effects that happen every 10 or 15 minutes. This movie includes some great 3d effects, but it never forgets to tell the story first. In addition, the movie looks great in 3d. The colors and imagery are just as rich in the 2d and 3d versions. The 3d version doesn't feel washed out or blurry at all.

Much has been written about how 3d is gonna save movie theaters, blah blah blah. It still seems like a bit of a gimmick to me. It really doesn't add that much to the experience. Oh sure, it will prevent movie pirates from sending films out on the Net. But is it that much better than watching a movie at home on your own HD set?  I am not so sure about that.

In regards to the movie being preachy, I just don't buy that. There might be what, 1 or 2 statements in the entire movie that could be considered in that vein. But to me it is just a movie. The weak fighting back against the strong is as classic as it gets. Go see Avatar, you will be glad you did.

My rating. (5 out of 5)
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