Box Office: Avatar Movie Review


This past Saturday a few friends and I decided to catch James Cameron’s new flick “Avatar.”  Simply put, it was one of the most amazing movies I have seen in a long time – and possibly ever.

Here’s the plot from for anyone who isn’t familiar with the movie:

When his brother is killed in battle, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge’s intentions of driving off the native humanoid “Na’vi” in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na’vi people with the use of an “avatar” identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand – and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.

When I first saw previews for this movie I honestly thought to myself that it was going to be a dud and figured I wouldn’t add it to my “must see in theaters” list, however, the more previews I saw, the more my interest grew and I’m glad (understatement – I’m thrilled) I made the choice to see it and will go back to watch it again at IMAX.  The graphics in this movie are ridiculously amazing.  Nothing was overlooked from the details on the Na’vi’s finger nails to the bark on the Home Tree (the place where the Na’vi live).  No cost was spared in making this film look as life like as possible (rumored to be anywhere between $230-500 million dollars – FIVE HUNDRED MILLION!) and it shows everywhere.  We watched it in 3D and after reports of people getting sick and having to leave the theater from all the movement, I was slightly nervous given that I had been out drinking the Sauce the night before.  But alas, I was fine and seeing the film in 3D only affirmed my thoughts that more movies should be shot in 3D.  Anyway, the graphics themselves are enough to see the movie, but for those of you who aren’t geeks, the story line is actually really, really moving.

I rarely cry in movies (and didn’t in this one), but there were a few moments throughout the movie that were so powerful I got a knot in my throat from the rush of emotions I was feeling. The love story isn’t at all cheesy and reminded me a little of the “forbidden love” of Jack and Rose from “Titanic,” but with an alien/humoid twist.  The overall message that I got from the movie was almost overwhelming. The Na’vi people truly love their planet and believe that everything is living and interconnected (the interconnectedness part is almost a main character). Think “Fern Gully” on crack. They respect everything from the animals they kill for food to the trees they live in and the ground they walk on.  In this time of global warming and an increasing need to be conscious about what we’re doing to our planet, this movie hits the nail on the head of awareness.

I really don’t have words to describe it other than that it was extremely powerful. “Avatar” is definitely on my favorite movie list and I HIGHLY recommend everyone go out and see this as soon as you can.  For sure see it in 3D and if you have an IMAX theater around, go see it there.

  • Jared

    I’m left wondering if Avatar will really wow me like it has others considering I’ve grown up with CGI while playing games such as Final Fantasy. Guess I’ll have to wait and see when the theaters aren’t so busy (I hate crowds).

  • Jared – I really think you will be pretty amazed at the CGI in this movie. Granted we’ve seen (like I mentioned) Star Wars, Star Trek, i, Robot etc, but this was seriously over the top. It’s worth the money – and even though you hate crowds, worth that too. Lmk what you think after you’ve seen it!

  • Jared

    Will do. Just wondering because CGI renderings in games like Final Fantasy is different from movies like iRobot and star wars.

  • bruin

    im glad you wrote this review bc i will go see it now. just needed that confirmation that it’s superb. IMAX it is! thanks alex!

    (btw what did you think of 2012? i had four throat knots in that movie, which is a record. maybe im just emo?)

  • Jared – I’ll just say that it’s the most lifelike non-living thing I’ve ever seen. I’m not joking about the detail on their fingernails. You can see ridges on the nails and the wrinkles on the knuckles. The plant life is breathtaking. Seriously. I’m excited talking about it!

    Bruin – glad this inspired you to see it. You won’t be disappointed. I got two throat knots in “2012;” when the main scientist’s dad died on the cruise ship and when Danny Glover called his daughter. Other than that I really wasn’t super impressed by the movie – although the action was intense I felt that it was overly cheesey. Not one piece of cheese in “Avatar.”

  • bruin

    I’ll let you know how many knots I’ll have. Can’t wait.

  • I want to say that James Cameron, in his first feature film since “Titanic” in 1997, has the right to reclaim the title of King of the (Cinematic) World with this monumental epic.

  • Avtar movie was really nice i like it’s special effects…Full of that rare movie magic which can transport, entertain and intrigue, this sci-fi fantasy is a fun amusement park ride that ignites your imagination.

  • bruin

    I actually didn’t get any knots. Dont know why I got 4 for 2012 lol. it was indeed very moving and for me promoted so much awareness as well as a satire on Bush (or any Columbus historic event). movie was soooo good. i wish it was longer. in the beginning i was like eww nature! but at the end i wanted to be an Na’iv too.

  • “eww nature” – ha, what’s wrong with you!?

    I was thinking the same “Columbus” thing during the movie – like, what gave him and the people that built this country the right to just take over someone’s home. Interesting topic…