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 imdb.com 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.