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Without going into too much detail about the movie since it's safe to say that most everyone has heard about the film, seen the film, or had no desire to see the film in the slightest bit, I wanted to throw up a review of what I felt about the movie after I caught it opening day. Yea it's taken me awhile to get around to writing the review but we can always enjoy discussions on the new movies.
Avatar was first envisioned by writer/director James Cameron back in the 90s (right after he finished his last feature film Titanic) and has been in the making for over a decade. The film without question, is THE most visually appealing 3D movie to date. Having caught the movie in 3D, it is by far the most expansive use of 3D in any movie to date. The movie itself did not look very appealing at first glance. Blue people, weird sci-fi storyline, which may have been why on opening day the movie had almost no line at the theater I went to as it seemed as if movie goers were going to wait until word of mouth spread about if it was good or bad before they spent their hard earned cash on this so-called "blockbuster."
Visually, and only in 3D, the movie worth your money. The story and plot was just okay and wasn't anything worth mentioning or going into too much detail with. The movie is more about the advance in technology and the ability to create this alternate world using 3D visuals to further advance and change the movie experience in the future. There has been 3D movies such as "The Final Destination" and "UP" but none will come anywhere close to what Avatar does.
The runtime of the movie was long, sure it may have been necessary to tell the story the way Cameron had envisioned it but after wearing 3D glasses for over 2 1/2hours (even though they are not the quirky cardboard glasses, you pay $3 extra in the theater I went to for some better black almost sunglass looking glasses) you can't help but want the film to be over. I'm not sure what happened during my experience but I actually found myself nod off and take a nap during the big fight sequence during the end of the film. I found myself no longer caring about the film because I knew exactly what was going to happen, the story was very predictable and done before so after I got my desired visual intake I guess it was time to nap.
The good stuff was definitely how they used the actual actors to create the Na'vi characters, they looked a whole lot like their counterparts even though clearly animated. This movie is all about the visuals, not the plot, not the story, mainy just how far technology has come. If you go into the movie expecting nothing more than to be put into an amazing world and to be visually impressed you're doing yourself a favor. If you head into this expecting the full package, you will be greatly disappointed.