Avatar

Avatar 3D: marketed as the biggest and best sci-fi adventure of all time – bold claim. From the start it’s totally otherworldly; with the characters, animals, landscapes, textures and backgrounds all meticulously designed. For some reason the planet reminded me of Finding Nemo! The 3D wasn’t flawless as only one object in a frame would show real depth and the rest of the scene appeared out of focus or flat – it’s quite an exercise for the eyes. The sound was uncomfortably loud in parts too, so not an easy film for the senses!! Story-wise it wasn’t the best, or most original, and it took some super-ridiculous & corny twists. The characters are all “stock” clearly falling into the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ camps, and dialogue / acting is generally flat. Cameron’s tried to make it quite humane with the ‘aliens’ clearly echoing our 3rd world; while ‘undertones’ push simple arguments against war on terror and eco-issues. Beyond the impressive looks and epic action scenes all other elements of the film are distinctly average. It’s a great experience, but a victim of its own hype. Don’t expect perfection.

Score: 7/10

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6 comments
  1. Aiden R said:

    Whoa, you saw this pretty fast. Awfully jealous. Not expecting to be blown away either, but still, it’s James Cameron. Gotta check it out.

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  2. Paragraph Film Reviews said:

    Figured I’d try to see it before they pretty much showed the whole film in TV ad breaks. Definitely worth checking out though!

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  3. Castor said:

    Nice review! Totally agree with you but I still feel it’s a must see simply because of the stunning CGI. Gave it a B+

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  4. Hmm… I’m surprised, I thought the 3d was really good. Then again I only really have 1.5 eyes so perhaps I didn’t notice any small disparities… then again, everyone I was with (who had 2 eyes) did say it was great as well… Also, to me, the 3d here was much clearer than any other 3d films I’ve seen, no double images or anything!

    Hype-wise I think that in a round about way it made me enjoy it more. I’d heard so much hype that I was expecting it would be terrible! I was pleasantly surprised that it was decent enough. As you say though, plot/characterwise is was distinctly average stuff.

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  5. I loved that you tagged ‘michelle rodriguez typecast’ haha i totally agree

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  6. Dan said:

    I totally understand what you mean about it being a victim of its own hype. It’s a hugely enjoyable film but it shouldn’t have taken Cameron ten years to make.

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