Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Avatar.....only a movie.

Well we finally saw IT!!

The movie that I think that has received the most hype this year so far.


Was I impressed? Well……………..

I want to preface this “review” with a disclaimer that Roger and I watch A LOT of movies. We don’t get television, so we watch movies through Netflix

And lets also just say that in the book of Ecclesiastes where it says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Yeah, there isn’t.

So when I watched Avatar expecting all new, all exciting, I was to say the least disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the special effects were beautiful, and fun to see, the colors brilliant, and I’m sure on the big screen in 3-D………WOW!!!. As I told Audrey, “Can you imagine sitting in an IMAX theatre and watching that!?” If that was what he was going for then I’m quite sure he accomplished it; in spades.

I remember the first time I watched Jurassic Park, by the end of the movie I had to sit there and remind myself, that those dinosaurs were not real, and that there never was such a thing as a Velociraptor. THOSE were some awesome special effects, and made me forget for a moment that somewhere in the world those things didn’t still exist.

When I saw the Matrix for the first time I was blown away by the special affects and marveled at the explanation on the DVD after the movie just exactly how they did it. Both of those movies were considered ground breaking in special effects. Avatar was not; at least not to me.

I felt like I was watching a really intricate carton, with reality scenes sprinkled throughout. It never did remotely resemble anything that I could get caught up in to the point that I’d forget it was “just a movie”. And as far as the story line went? Can you say Dances with Wolfs meets Fern Gully and the Matrix?

The story line reminded us of the Native Americans being driven out of their home in Dances with Wolfs, and only a few having the insight into the mistake of it all.

The tree, Mother Earth, and Nature as God, possessing healing powers to restore and redeem reminded me of Fern Gully the carton that came out when the kids were little that promoted the saving of the Rain Forests, right down to the bulldozers plowing in and destroying the forest.

Many of the special effects, i.e. the man driven robots were straight out of the Matrix, and the whole chase scenes in the forest reminded me of……….wait for it………..Star Wars.
It was an old story told a new way. James Cameron had a message that he wanted to get out there, and put new bells and whistles on it to see if it would be heard (or sell).

It wasn’t that I disliked it; I’d probably watch it again, just to get to see some of those special effects again, but as far as toting it as the best movie of the year? Nope, can’t do it.


  1. Yep. I think the 3-D part was the clincher. I'm not sure I'd have been impressed with it on DVD. But it was the first 3-D, big screen picture I'd ever seen, and I was enthralled. I seriously felt like I was transported to another world. Of course, I ducked during the previews when a 3-D tea cup came whirling at my head from the Mad Hatter. I'm pretty easily impressed. :)

    I don't think I'd want 3-D t.v., though. The glasses would get so annoying.

  2. Well, Andrea, as much as I love Hollywood (and two lines in this movie went on my internal favorite quotes list, including "I see you"), I heartily agree with this review.

    I found it stunning, and I look forward to showing it to Michael and eliciting at least an "Okay - that was kind of cool" since right now he's rather indifferent to the idea.

    But YES to what you've said here. I never forgot it was a movie. In fact, I was a bit hindered by wondering exactly what Cameron's agenda was since I'd heard a lot about his having one. (I.e., anti-war?) In the end I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt that it did express a nice message about taking care of the earth, etc., but that he wasn't trying to be anti anything but hatred and prejudice. Also, I didn't get to know the characters well enough to really, really care about them outside of their fascinating CGI world. The romance I thought was very Disney movie - and not Disney princesses but Disney animals that just meet in the woods and are instantly mated for life. There wasn't enough depth to that part.

    Anyway, great movie. But you're right. It didn't stand out above the CGI crowd for me except that it's been promoted so thoroughly.