Finally managed to get to the theatre last night and see James Cameron’s Avatar. I tend to over-use the phrase “visually stunning” while describing some of the latest movie releases, but this one definitely fits that description. Even if it wasn’t in 3D, I imagine that it would still be stunning. There’s no doubt about it… the bar has been raised.
But what about the movie itself? I couldn’t help but think that I was watching a modernized version of Pocahontas. (My sister says Pocahontas AND Ferngully, but I don’t really remember Ferngully, so I’ll just stick with Pocahontas) I wasn’t really feeling the whole “we’re one with our natural surroundings” vibe, which is a shame because that’s a central theme.
The combat scenes were amazing though, and helped rekindle my interest. Also, I’m sure that Cameron would be pleased to know that his 3D imagery triggered my dislike of heights, so that gives an idea of how realistic it was at times.
Was is good? Hell, yes. Was it great? Well.. It was “pretty”… I’m glad that I saw it in 3D in the theatre because that’s the greatest visual experience possible. I suspect a month from now when I think back to whether I liked Avatar, I’ll be remembering it solely for the visual effects, and not much else.
It was good, and I’m glad that I had the chance to see it, but would I rush out to see it again?
No, probably not.