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Friday, January 22, 2010

My name is Greg and I have not seen "Avatar." But whenever anyone compares it to "Dances With Wolves," my desire to see it plummets further.

So, to those of you who read, who saw it, who liked it. Why should I go see this?

3 comments:

  1. Well here's a quote from one of the internet's most well known movie critics...

    "OOHH MY GOD!!! THIS IS THE GREATEST MOVIE THAT I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!!" - C. A. Bum

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  2. Don't ask me; I haven't seen it yet either. Though the comparisons I keep hearing are to Pocahontas. Could just be the circles I move in.

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  3. Well...yes, the story is sort of "Dances With Wolves" (more like "Dances with Smurfs"...) cross-bred with "Ferngully" and "Pocahontas" with a "paraplegic gets to walk again" story-element briefly thrown in there. So long as you realize the story is going to follow a set of fairly standard "protect the environment/respect the native peoples/big corporations are greedy evil bullies/scarred old soldiers are bigoted war-mongers" cliches, it shouldn't inflate your expectations too high. So why should you see it? Well, some of the performances are good, especially considering they're mo-capped onto big blue cat/elf/plant people (special props to Zoe Saldana's Neytiri), but ultimately it is the visual aspect (and not in the Michael Bay "BOOM" sense--this is mostly a slow visual film). It really is a beautiful movie to look at, which is my way of saying "If you're going to see it, SEE IT IN 3D--anything else would just be a waste of time" (and at over 3 hours, that's a lot of time to waste). And this isn't "stuff flying at the screen every 5 seconds" 3D, this is 3D used to give a sense of immersion into the world of the movie. Seriously, on the spectacle front, this movie deserves praise.
    Bottom line: it's a visually impressive movie, and decent enough so long as you don't expect any groundbreaking storytelling (or incredible dialogue). But it did not deserve to win the Golden Globe for best drama, no sir. Especially considering the competition. I will shout that to the heavens and refuse to acknowledge it.

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