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“Avatar” Movie Review
January 13, 2010, 11:44 am
Filed under: Thoughts

I finally went to see “Avatar” last week on my birthday. I was hesitant to go see it because it was hyped so much. I didn’t want to be disappointed.

“Avatar” was a good movie; it was not a great movie. It definitely did not “redefine film-making” as all the ads and previews claimed. I was impressed by the visuals of the movie; all of the CGI was really well done and every scene looked spectacular.

Despite all of the great visuals, the movie kind of fell flat because of the sub-par acting. Even the more well known actors  (such as Sigourney Weaver) were pretty much terrible. I laughed aloud quite a few times because a good amount of the lines were just horrible. In one scene, the main general tells Sigourney Weaver’s character to “Shut her pie hole”. Really? Who says that?

The story was relatively interesting; however, I kept getting the feeling that I knew what was going to happen next. (The plot has been done before; it reminded me a lot of “The Last Samurai”)The story’s sequence was a little too predictable and it didn’t make sense at times. For example, the timeline did not always make sense. The main character, Jake Sully, could only use his Avatar body if he was in the ‘Avatar machine’ thing. There would be a scene of him using the Avatar body on Pandora in order to hunt with Neytiri (the Na’vi female he befriends) and then suddenly the scene would switch back to Jake getting out of the ‘Avatar machine’ and back into his wheelchair. Yet apparently nothing happened to his Avatar body when he ‘turned it off’. Yet later on in the movie Neytiri and the Na’vi people get scared when Jake’s Avatar collapses because he was pulled out of the machine. If this is what happened, why wasn’t it an issue before?

Also, there were some little details that also took away from the film. Humans cannot breathe on Pandora; that means that no oxygen is present, right? Then why can Jake start a fire in the jungle; why does fire exist at all? Oh, and why was Jake’s deceased brother laying in a cardboard box before being cremated? That really didn’t make sense.

Overall, I would say that “Avatar” was a decent movie; I would watch it again. However, I feel that it could have been much, much better than it was. The hype really killed the movie for me; it if hadn’t been built up so much I don’t think I would have been as disappointed. A lot of the bad parts of the film (the dialogue and the minor details) seem to be a result of all the work done to ensure that the movie would look spectacular. With all the focus on the CGI, these other key parts of the movie fell to the wayside.

Based on all of this, I would give “Avatar” a 7/10 rating.


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