Monday, January 25, 2010

AVATAR

I realized while perusing Jon's blog that I have not blogged about AVATAR yet! I mean, I shocked myself! But now that I've come to my senses, lets talk about it...

#1 - This film was a cinematic masterpiece. I've always been a fan of movie magic, and this film blew my mind. The detail was astounding. There is a scene where the team first goes into the jungle, and the main character Sully jumps out of the plane in his blue avatar body. The wind whips his hair and the plants around the helicopter. His eyes move back and forth, scanning the jungle. They start walking through the jungle and little bugs are flying all around them. That is ALL computer animation. Artists created every speck of that world, down to the alien mosquitoes. Look at this picture, you can see the veins in his arms, and the sweat on his body!
#2 - If I could dream like James Cameron, I would never want to wake up. The floating mountains of Pandora were both startling and magnificent. Original and incredible! Just as the characters jaws dropped in the movie, mine did in the audience!
#3 - The Na'vi are beautiful and so human like. They look like real beings, down to their emotions, the most stunning of which (in my opinion) was laughter and smiling. Props to the artists who worked on the faces. Impeccable!
#4 - If you're still reading this, and you haven't seen this movie, please do. I've heard lots of people say they liked this or that, but hated the story. Yes, it's kind of like Pocahontas... are there original aspects? Yes. Are most Hollywood movies the same? Yes. Are most stories in general in the world the same? Yes. We like to see the "good guys" win. Sometimes the bad guys win (not in PG-13 movies, duh). The hero either lives or dies. There's usually some messed up liberal view on things... which I guess I am blessed to look right past! And so should you. :)
See this movie, and love it for what it accomplishes. It is truly a cinematic masterpiece. And if you're feeling really daring, stay and watch all the credits and witness the hundreds of names of people who had a hand in creating this work of art. It's amazing.

Okay, I'm done bearing my testimony about Avatar. ;) See it- see it for what it is!

6 comments:

Brenda said...

I've been waiting for this review :) I haven't seen this movie yet (I'm sure you're not surprised) but your review actually makes me want to see it!

Ashley said...

Good! You SHOULD see it! I am going to see it in IMAX 3D, this weekend! (I just decided right now.)

Stephen and Debbie said...

We haven't seen it yet but really want to! Thanks for the review!

www.jonpinney.com said...

Ashley I love your review :) I was just reading it to my roommates who were having a hard time getting over the political message and lack of bad guy character development. I of course agree with them that the message was way too overt and the bad guys were way too shallow. However, I'm glad I could see past all that to the true artistry of the film. It was amazing :)

JoJo said...

I LOVED Avatar, too. Seriously. I want to see it soooo bad again. Hopefully soon...

BTW, I always stay and watch all the credits of movies. It's something my mom does, to give props to all the people who worked hard on the film. So I do it, too. (I often see extra scenes no one else sees, too; and it's a great opportunity to chill and talk about the film...) :)

Ashley said...

Agreed, Jocelyn! If I like a film, I stay for the credits (and I typically like 95% of everything!)