I am one of the few who hadn’t seen Avatar in theaters, missing the so-called breathtaking 3D world and atmosphere. While this move was great, I don’t regret it. As Kyal stated in his review of this movie, while beautiful, the movie lacks plot. And while plot doesn’t make the movie, it sure does help.
This movie isn’t horrible at all. It is in fact a very well done movie by James Cameron (Titanic), but I can definitely see why it didn’t win “Best Picture” at the Oscars. While the film has beautiful graphics, I still couldn’t get past the fact that some of the CGI seemed better than others. Most importantly the air crafts at the beginning looked much more unrealistic to anything else throughout the rest of the film. Pandora, the people, and everything else looked breathtaking, but those air crafts in the first fifteen minutes really looked fake.
The acting in this film was top notch. Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation, Clash of the Titans) leads the cast that includes Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Galaxy Quest) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek). Worthington was an unknown when he filmed this movie, as neither Terminator or Clash had hit theaters yet. The cast as a whole was tremendously believable, and was a major asset to this film.
Without spoiling too much for those other few that haven’t seen the movie, this film leaves open room for many sequels, and I expect we’ll be seeing some come up in the next few years. While this movie lacks a lot in plot, it does gain a lot in aesthetics. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, check it out in Blu-ray. Sure, you don’t get the same 100% feel as in IMAX or 3D, but you still see the defined and beautiful world of Pandora and the sharp imagery from the film.
Finally, this release (both the Blu-ray and DVD) are bare bones. There have been numerous reports stating that a special edition will be out near Christmas, so if you are waiting for those, just rent this film.
Final Grade: 8.5/10