Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rating System

So it was suggested I need a rating system for my blog. So, I've been thinking about it and here are my ratings:

1. Loved it enough to Buy it
2. Loved it
3. Liked it
4. Didn't like it
5. Hated it

And to kick off the rating system, here is my review of Avatar:

Avatar (Liked it)--I really wanted to love this movie, and parts of it I did (more on that later). My sister teaches 7th grade and apparently to a seventh grader this movie is, "the greatest movie ever!" If you are 39, maybe not so much. I saw this on IMAX 3D (I loved the 3D and didn't mind the glasses). The special effects were phenomenal and really cool. Plus, I think to direct and coordinate all of the behind the scenes stuff was quite a feat. Another positive was the performances. Everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do, no big stretches, but everyone delivered. Now, I went in knowing this would be a special effects bonanza and it was. I also knew not to expect too much character development or story, and there wasn't a lot of either one of those. But, even with no expectations, I have to say by the time the film got to the Operation Pandora Freedom part, I was sort of over it. I just wanted it to end. Let the good blue people triumph or let man destroy another perfect world, just get there. I've heard this movie described as Dances with Wolves in space or Smurf porn. I think it's more aptly described as Dances crossed with Smurf crossed with G.I. Joe.

Now, I'm not saying don't see this, but if you are going to, you have to see it on the BIG SCREEN and in 3D. I think once it's out of the theatres this movie is going to lose a little of its lustre. There is no way this movie will translate as effectively on a small screen, even if the DVD is Blu Ray, the TV is HD and the TV large. This is something that has to be experience HUGE and in 3D. The only thing that should have been smaller is the length of this movie. I thought it was about 40 minutes too long. And there's a lot of scantily clad, elongated blue creatures dancing around and communing with nature, although they are beautiful (especially Sam Worthington whether he's human or avatar). The world they live on is also beautiful, Pandora and all it's wonders are a visual feast. I've been asked if younger kids should see this. It's got quite a bit of violence, a little bad language, some very scary "native creatures", and those blue people with very little clothing on, so I would say it's PG-13 for a very good reason. So, bottom line, if you want to see this, go to the theatre, wear the 3D glasses, and enjoy the special effects.

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