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An All New World Awaits[All Movie Photos]
I didn't really buy much into the crazy hype that went with this movie, other than wondering why it was so central in that Bones episode (now I know why). All I knew about it was that it had the same name as the other Avatar movie that had Jackson Rathbone and Dev Patel in it.

Right before watching it, jamypye informed that it was the first movie James Cameron had made since Titanic (which I bawled my eyes out in). So let's just say, I was feeling a little skeptical about this movie. Would Jack die again? I don't think I could handle it if James Cameron killed the Jack-like character again when clearly, the DOOR/RAFT WAS BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH JACK AND ROSE!!!

And almost 3 hours later, I could see why all the hype surrounded it and why half the flist was going batshit crazy over it. It was a really good movie. Would I call it my favorite? No, not really but I can see why others would.

The General Wants to be Home By Dinner

  • Chris Hewitt of Empire said:
    It’s been twelve years since "Titanic," but the King of the World has returned with a flawed but fantastic tour de force that, taken on its merits as a film, especially in two dimensions, warrants four stars. However, if you can wrap a pair of 3D glasses round your peepers, this becomes a transcendent, full-on five-star experience that's the closest we'll ever come to setting foot on a strange new world. Just don’t leave it so long next time, eh, Jim?
    I wish I had seen it on IMAX cause it's apparently the best way to see it, but even without it, you've got to give it James Cameron who waited for this film to be made just so technology could catch up to how he wanted it to be. And wow, what a crazy world he brought us in to. The special effects and digital tricks he did with this one just blow everything else away. I was literally just staring at how beautiful everything on screen was. And I'm not just talking about Sam Worthington.

  • Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News said:
    Avatar clears the hurdle in terms of being optical candy. Its story, though, is pure cheese.
    And so yes, despite having the most visually orgasmic treat, this didn't leave much to the story. I guess script-writing was never James Cameron's best card but he gave his best effort. My mom was two seats away and I could see her cringe at the many wonderful lines this movie delivered. It's cool Cameron, you can't have it all.

  • David Denby of The New Yorker said:
    The movie’s story may be a little trite, and the big battle at the end between ugly mechanical force and the gorgeous natural world goes on forever, but what a show Cameron puts on! The continuity of dynamized space that he has achieved with 3-D gloriously supports his trippy belief that all living things are one.
    And just like every other reviewer has said, what it lacks in story, it totally makes up for in film making and the advances Cameron has taken with this movie really does set the bar higher for everyone else. I don't expect to see more blue people running across my screen, but I'm sure lots of studios are scrambling to get a movie that's THIS visually good.

    Sex Seems So Easy For the Na'vi

    Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about the many non-technical things that a non-reviewer like myself noticed or though:
  • Boy, that was a long movie no? I know they filled it up with lots of pretty montages and amazing things but wow around the halfway mark, I just knew this was going to be Titanic long and unfortunately Sam Worthington wasn't exactly human through most of it.
  • Speaking of Mr. Worthington, jamypye (who was lodged in her broken theater seat) was pretty much hyperventilating everytime human!jake came out and I can't blame her. Boy was so very pretty
  • You know who else is pretty? Zoe Saldana! It's too bad she wasn't actually human. Her accent was pretty hilarious as Na'vi but she did a really good job. I guess she's our go-to-girl for anything sci-fi nowadays? Not a bad gig. Come put on your tutu though! I wanna see you dance "Center Stage" style again
  • My mom pretty much loved the General. And how could anyone NOT?! Man refused to die. Even after being stabbed and shot and killed and all, he's just up there staying alive. Ain't he a trooper!?
  • I wish Giovanni Ribisi died though, but he didn't. So yeah, we got a lot of him. Instead they killed of Sigourney Weaver, whom I so loved in Avatar form. Everytime I'd see photos of her in Pandora with the natives, I felt a tug at my heart. How could Giovanni Ribisi kill all of those kids?!
  • I also loved Fisher from Bones. No wonder he was pimping the shit out of it on the show! HE'S IN THE MOVIE!!!! And he was such a cute character too. Just like the one he plays on Bones -- except less morbid. I love him
  • Michelle Rodriguez seems to be this same character all the time and hey, if it fits, why destroy the mold right?!
  • I'm wondering who were the actors that played the rest of the Na'vi just because I can't imagine having to go to work and acting on a blue green screen with all the crazy special effects and then watch it afterwards and not really recognize yourself.


    I probably forgot so much about this movie, it was 3 hours long, but it was definitely an entertaining movie and probably the last I'll see in 2009 thanks to the imminent MMFF. So not a bad way to end the year. I'm looking forward to what James Cameron has up his sleeve next. Hopefully it won't take 12 years.
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