Becky and I took the kids to see the new movie Avatar in 3D today at the Century theater in Tucson, AZ. The Fandango website at Avatar describes the movie as follows:
“AVATAR takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of “Titanic,” first conceived the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not exist yet. Now, after four years of production, AVATAR, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story…”
Avatar is the giant blockbuster that hit the theaters this week after millions of dollars in advertising and hundreds of millions in production costs. We went into this film with great expectations and even spent the extra money for the 3D experience. What a let down. Okay, it was cool for about 20 minutes with the great special effects and then Avatar just got painfully boring with goofy Star Wars type characters, the character learning new skills and a pretty lame story.
To sum up this movie, “Man is bad, but giant blue aliens are good”. It was as simple to follow along as a Geico commercial, only there weren’t any cave men in this movie. Men are descending on planet Pandora to take over the high-priced minerals and they will wipe out these wonderful alien creatures without a second thought for profit. The hero is a Marine who’s lost his legs and takes over an Avatar creature to infiltrate the village of superior aliens, and then he falls in love. The story just wasn’t that great even though the special effects were phenomenal. However, it’s like going on a roller-coaster eight times in a row, after a while it gets a bit boring.
Corban hated this movie and so did Bianca. In fairness, they were probably too little for this film. Conroy rated it a rental and Becky thought it was a Don’t Bother for sure. The word she used, “that movie was stupid.”, so not everyone liked this one. I probably liked it more than anyone in our family. They lost me though, with the lead character cursing all the time and taking God’s name in vain, while embracing the alien god Eway or whatever her name was, who was “Mother Pandora” since we all killed “Mother Earth”. It was just a bit too political and New Age for my liking. No matter how good the special effects and characters are in this move, the story pretty much sucked and had been done too many times before.
I know I’m in the minority here, but only a few people applauded in our movie. I didn’t hear everyone saying how great it was after the movie. Quite few people thought it was “painful”, as long as it was and with such a goofy story.
John – ** Rental
Becky – * Don’t Bother
Conroy – ** Rental
Corban – * Don’t Bother
Bianca – * Don’t Bother
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