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| "Re(1):Avatar The Thread." , posted Tue 22 Dec 03:32|
Yes, the story is laughably predictable.
Yes, the characters are one-dimensional (bad guy is very bad, blabla)
But damn! What a voyage! I have been on Pandora, I don't care that it doesn't exist, because I went there. As far as I'm concerned, Cameron took a rocket ship and went there and filmed some blue people. It's that good.
The pure escapism is what did it for me. I was sucked in so much that the story was almost secondary to me. I got into the story because I like these kinds of movies (when it's not a parody of itself, which thankfully wasn't the case here).
Also, I was afraid about the 3D beforehand. I saw Beowulf in Imax 3D, and it was more of a gimmick in that movie. In here, I was very rarely distracted by it. After about 15 minutes, you don't even think about it anymore, but you feel the difference.
All in all, if I had seen the movie in a regular theater, and without the 3D, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been sucked in as much. So in that sense, Cameron has succeeded in making the 3D relevant to his movie. Now that he has spent all that money on the tech, I hope he'll rentabilize it with a worthy sequel (the story leaves the door open). I truly cannot wait to go back to Pandora.
The only shame is that I'll probably never have the chance to see it like this after it's gone from the theaters. Even on a 70'' screen on bluray, it will not be the same.
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| "Re(5):Avatar The Thread." , posted Tue 22 Dec 07:57|
Also LoL at people who complain about "clichee" in a Hollywood movie land where everything is almost remakes and meaningless sequels -I'm looking at you Saw 6-. I know some of the parts was seeable that its coming .
Lol at people who act like this is an excuse to make yet another cliched movie. Just because Hollywood is lacking in originality, doesn't mean that movies that continue this trend of unoriginality should be praised for it.
The general complaint about unoriginality in movies always struck me as a bit off. For me, it's not how new the story is but how the story is told and whether it has something to say. Every generation should have its own version of Hamlet. But the relevant question for this thread is does every generation need whatever it is that Avatar is doing? Since I haven't seen the movie I can't say, so I guess I'm just talking to myself at this point. Sorry about that.
I agree that some stories are good enough to be told over and over again (see: A Christmas Carol), but the fact that it's the execution of the story that falls flat is what causes me to point out the unoriginality in the first place.
Let's face it, there are plenty of times where the same story is told over and over. When it's executed well enough though, fewer people care about the unoriginality.
This movie tells the story just like how the story was told before. So much so, that when a character is introduced you can straight up predict what's going to happen from the moment they open their mouths. What I'm saying is, besides graphics, it adds nothing new to the mix.
When a story is executed well, you will likely leave with the feeling that you've seen something new even if you haven't. Avatar, despite its visuals, just left me feeling like I'd seen it all before.
Oh, and on the visuals: yes the 3d was pretty. Lots of pretty colors, nice details on the terrain and I liked the designs of the creatures. However, whenever the 3d was mixed with live actors, it became a lot less convincing.
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The scene during the final battle where the one big N'avi guy (can't remember his name atm) jumps on one of the ships and just starts going off on a bunch of marines looked real unconvincing...it looked like they were not even being hit; just kind of reacting to something that wasn't really there.
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