Before I start, I highly recommend you to stop reading this review right now and go see the movie instead. Also, for the love of God, see it in a 3D movie theatre! If this means you have to travel to another city to see it, make the trip. I promise it will be worth your while. But if you have already seen it, or just decide to read this anyway, here’s what I thought of the movie.
In the year 2154, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a a former U.S. Marine who has injured his legs in the line of duty and is bound to a wheelchair. After his twin brother dies, Jake is selected to take his place in the Avatar program, which is lead by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver). He’s job is to use a remotely controlled body, called Avatar to go into Pandora. Jake is thrown into a world he doesn’t quite understand but grows to love as his own. He finds love and his true place in the world from Pandora with the Na’vi tribe, and will do everything in his power to save it from the hands of greedy humans.
Watching Avatar felt like watching Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park or Star Wars for the first time when I was a kid. Back then I didn’t even really realize I was watching a movie, I felt more like one of the characters and a part of the story. Watching Avatar was like that. The 3D technology Cameron has perfected over the years makes you dive into the story so deep, you feel everything more effectively, just like when you were a child. After the movie was over my body was shaking and my heart was bounding from excitement. There’s that feeling, that high again, the reason why I love movies above all thing.
Avatar is director James Cameron’s first film in 12 years after Titanic, which was the most expensive movie of it’s time. So true to his grand style Avatar is no exception. It is clear from the start that this movie was very expensive. That being said, Cameron is one of those people who knows how to spend money wisely and in the right places. In this movie the money has gone mostly to CGI. And God knows how much money is spend on enhancing the 3D technology alone. I say money well spent, because Avatar is not only one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen, but it is also a major breakthrough in 3D technology. The movie is so beautiful in fact that at times I was moved to near tears just by it’s beauty alone.
Although Avatar is highly entertaining it is also very anti-war and green. I might even say that the movie has a conscience. I truly admire the highly imaginative world Cameron has created for Avatar. It feels like he has thought of every tiny little thing. It’s not every day you get to see a bunch of blue people running around half naked in the jungle and not think it’s completely ridiculous. And this is one of those days.
I’m not saying that the movie is flawless or that there were no negatives, sure they were. A cynic might even say that Avatar is a movie filled with crazy patriotic soldiers, bad dialogue and a bunch of tree huggers. But who cares when you feel like you’ve just been injected with a doze of the most exquisite movie heroin. The only really negative thing about Avatar is that the movie is not meant to be watched in 2D or from you shitty TV screen, no matter how big it is. I’m already a little sad that I will never be able to see Avatar again, at least not in the right way, unless I go to the theatre again.
Oh wait, what’s that ringing sound? Oh, it’s the Oscar bells.