Avatar (2009)

“Avatar” is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.

Well I finally got to see Avatar today and must say its visually gob smacking, if you ever needed an advert for 3D then here it is in glorious technicolour and with aliens. I cant help feeling like I have seen something very similar before, Dances with Wolves in fact had many things in common with Avatar, even the aliens so closely resemble native Americans apart from not being ten foot high and blue. The story is engaging and the action moments come at just the right rate to keep you locked in for the full (and rather long) length of the film. No problem with numb bum here however I did run out of munchies long before the end so had to eat my nails instead.

After about twenty or thirty minutes you kind of get used to the 3D experience and it only pops out again in scenes where the director has decided to be a bit less subtle. I think I prefer to get lost in the film and the visual experience and could live without the gimmick moments. All the same this film alone I’m sure will sell many tens of thousands of 3D TV’s over the next couple of years. Its easy also easy to see the difference between this film which was designed from the outset to be 3D and all the other 2D films converted frame by frame to 3D. The effect is so subtle in avatar unlike the heavily layered manual conversions where each layer stands out like a sore thumb rather than all blending together. Bravo to James Cameron… Oh wait he left the name of the rare mineral that has driven mankind across the universe to distant worlds as … Unobtanium. What? Unobtanium, somebody please shoot James Cameron!

I would watch this film again but cant help feeling I will be severely disapointed the second time round just like Braveheart, the problem is the story and characters are somewhat weak. The special effects make it stunning but that wont carry it through a second and certainly not a third viewing. Just like Braveheart though I really enjoyed it the first time round.

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