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I don't normally do movie reviews but felt compelled to do so in the case of the new movie "Avatar" which my wife and I recently drove twenty miles from our home to watch. Some theaters around the country show the movie in 3D (with the glasses) but that isn't available in our area. First, let me clarify that this movie was created by the very talented and successful producer/director James Cameron. I consider his epic film "Titanic" to be one of the best movies ever made. That being said, I had high expectations for "Avatar". What a letdown it turned out to be. The story is very similar to what we Americans did to the Indians during the earlier times of this country. The military was definitely portrayed in a negative light. The tone of the film was often dark, depressing and overly violent. I didn't really feel much of an emotional attachment to any of the characters and since actress Sigourney Weaver is so well known for her Ripley character in the "Aliens" movies, I felt like I was watching some bizarre continuation of that series. For me, "Titanic" was a much more impressive movie. Maybe young people who play lots of video games might think Avatar was a visually "cool" movie because it has a kind of video game look about it but this lengthy film(which cost over 200 million to make) was just not worth the $25.00 my wife and I spent at the theater and even after it comes to DVD and finally TV, I will probably never watch this movie again.

3 Your comments?

David Page said...

Hmm... I suspected from the trailer that this would bear similarities to the treatment of the native Americans. I must say after, reading this trailer I'm much less likely to see the movie in the cinema!

December 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM
Capt.Jim said...

That's really too bad. I'm sure Disabled Vets will love this picture; imagine being able to download your personality into a completely alien being. And to be able to "plug in" your nerve system into a flying animal or even the biological being of the moon Pandora itself. If you want to get into Gaia worship, there was a bit of that too. Anne McCaffery would love the dragon-like creatures and the taming of the one that chooses you by wanting to kill you. The floating mountains, the childlike hitting the flowers to watch them pop closed; I mean there was so much to this rich, vibrant film. Sorry you didn't get it. I've watched and read SciFi for over forty years, and I'm no kid. Loved this film. Titanic is a completely different film and I liked that too for different reasons.

January 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM
Elissa said...

I loved this movie and thought it was a beautiful story and a beautiful planet. It is one of the best I have ever seen.

Titanic was another movie that is one of the best I have ever seen.

I love movies that make me think.

May 21, 2010 at 8:09 AM