Avatar

Directed by James Cameron
Produced by James Cameron & Jon Landau
Written by James Cameron
Starring
Sam Worthington
Zoe Saldana
Stephen Lang
Michelle Rodriguez
Sigourney Weaver
Giovanni Ribisi
Joel David Moore
C. C. H. Pounder
Wes Studi
Laz Alonso
Music by James Horner
Cinematography by Mauro Fiore
Editing by James Cameron, John Refoua & Stephen E. Rivkin
Studio Lightstorm Entertainment, Dune Entertainment & Ingenious Film Partners
Distributed by  20th Century Fox
Release date(s) December 10, 2009 (2009-12-10) (London premiere)
December 18, 2009 (United States)
Running time 162 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Today I finally went to see Avatar. I think that I may have been the last person in the universe to see Avatar, but today I finally took the plunge and headed to the Village Cinemas at Crown Casino to watch the film. I did so under a lot of trepidation and even a little bit of dread, mainly because of my aversion to motion capture special effects and how every film that I have seen that uses this technology has looked really fake. It is to James Cameron’s credit that the film did not seem to descend down into Uncanny Valley territory.

I was a bit taken aback by the price to watch the film. It cost me $20 to see the movie and because it is a 3D film there was no concession or price reduction for tight Tuesday. If I had of see a non-3D film it would have only cost me $10.50 today, so this may have ruined my enjoyment of the film. Also I think that the whole 3D thing is just a gimmick and hopefully won’t last much longer. Avatar did

not have to be 3D and would have been equally as enjoyable as a 2D film. In fact I don’t think that the 3D aspect of the film added anything to the enjoyment of the film and may have even made the film less enjoyable due to the fact that the 3D glasses were so darn uncomfortable to wear. Perhaps 3D may be more practical when they can develop the technology to be able to screen it without having to wear the stupid Roy Orbison glasses. Who knows, this may happen in another 50 years!

I was surprised that I enjoyed the film so much. I needn’t have worried about the motion capture ANIMATION (yes that’s right James Cameron, motion capture is in my mind a form of ANIMATION!) as there were very few times where I thought that the Na’vi looked fake. There were only a couple of times where Neytiri and the other Na’vi gave that blank soulless stare associated with mo’ cap’, but the action was moving too fast for it to be too distracting. I will just say that this is so much more realistic and believable than any of the crap that Robert Zemeckis has made lately.

I could detail the plot of the film or give a detailed analysis of it, yet as I am the last person on Earth to have seen it I don’t think that is necessary. It is an incredible film and I will grudgingly say that it is the best thing to come out in 2009. It probably deserves to win the best picture Oscar at the Academy Awards, although I have a feeling it won’t. I think that this is the best film of the last decade and much better than the totally over-rated Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

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