The movie with the biggest buzz of the year and I didn't really want to see it. Odd? Yes, considering I am a glutton for anything cinematic. I saw the trailers and watched the HBO making of the movie special. And while I was extremely impressed with the way in which the movie was filmed, it still didn't make me want to see it.
But then Chris, my friend I have known since high school and who I love to go to movies with, asked if I wanted to go see it this past week. So I succumbed and agreed to see the movie. We decided to go big or go home and went to see it on the IMAX in 3D. (Luckily I live like 5 minutes from a theater which shows it in this format.) And while the tickets were $15 (yowza!) Chris paid for mine as part of my birthday present from last year.
So here are my thoughts on Avatar, in no particular order:
- The 3D glasses they made us wear not only made us look like Harey Carey after a bender but made my eyes hurt so much the next day I don't think I will ever watch a movie in 3D again. Thanks Avatar for ruining The Amityville Horror 3 for me.
- The visuals in the movie were breathtaking, even if they forest floor of the planet Pandora was made from the same material as a disco floor.
- I understand that some of the scenes were dramatic but just as I was about to get into the story I realized that the drama was being played out by 11 foot blue people and I dissolved into giggles.
- Sigourney Weaver, who is an amazing actress, was the best part of the movie by far. Except when she was a blue person dressed like someone from the Stanford Ultimate Frisbee Team.
- Sam Worthington is hot but his legs were wicked skinny. I really REALLY hope that they were digitally wilted because otherwise that guy has some chicken legs.
- I get the connection with Aliens, but did we really need to see the walking robot suits again? Made me think Mr Cameron was running out of ideas.
- I was a little uncomfortable with all the blue nudity. Why is it that humans seem to be the only species in the universe to have invented chinos?
- Trying to read subtitles for a made-up language while wearing 3D glasses is not easy.
- That was one big ass tree.
- I had a brief panic attack at the end of the movie when the credits began to roll because I thought Celine Dion was singing and I started to have a horrible Titanic flashback.
So, in conclusion, it was a pretty movie but with a basic, predictable plot which won't do well on video since the format to see it in is big screen. I tell people to not see it in 3D since it isn't that 3D-ish.
Or you could scrap it all together and just watch old episodes of The Smurfs because they at least had a sweet villain.
I give it 5 out of 10 paperclips.
~ The Office Scribe