Avatar is the most visually gorgeous movie we’ve seen in our life.
A stunningly beautiful riot of colors in 3D, Avatar is a must-not-miss film for all movie buffs.
Folks, Avatar is the first 3D movie that really brings home the magic of the technology to awe you.
Every other 3D movie we’ve seen before is an impostor in comparison.
We watched Avatar in a movie hall on the East Coast that uses DLP technology from Texas Instruments (unfortunately, the nearest IMAX theater is over 150 miles round-trip).
Avatar (written and directed by James ‘Titanic’ Cameron) is a movie that delights on many levels:
* A fine sci-fi movie set over a three-month period in the year 2154
* An instructive morality play on the destructive greed of humans
* A love story between an earthling and a sexy, tall blue-skinned alien
* A preachy tale on the need to live in harmony with our environment
* A rara avis melding of computer graphics and decent human acting
As all but the schmucks know by now, Avatar is the story of heavy artillery bearing earthlings on a colonizing mission to distant Pandora in quest of a rare mineral cheekily named Unobtainium.
Pretty expensive stuff that Unobtainium. Costs $20 million a kilogram. So you now how big the stakes are.
Unfortunately for the earthlings, the natives of Pandora known as Na’vi are in no mood to move off their land to accommodate the demand for Unobtainium of the ‘men from the sky’ setting in motion the inevitable fiery denouement between the two sides.
Tall, blue-toned endearing humanoids with oval eyes, large ears, long tails and slender waists, the Na’vi move with a feline grace on the ground, lithely on the tree branches and amazingly in the air by leveraging gigantic birds as their jet-planes.
Pandora is an idealized, beautiful utopia where the Na’vi, the lush forest, floating mountains and the monstrous beasts all live mostly in harmony (Cameron’s sly attack on the relentless earthly onslaught on the environment in our times).
But the Na’vi utopia is violently disturbed with the advent of the earthly raiders packing big guns, large airships and a contemptuous attitude in pursuit of the holy grail of corporate profits.
The hero of our story is a crippled ex-marine Jake Sully, whose virtual avatar goes to Pandora from the mother-ship to reconnoiter the ground.
Voila, no sooner is he in Pandora than Jake’s avatar (constituted out of a combination of human and Na’vi DNA) falls in love with a Na’vi girl Neyitri, a member of the Omaticaya clan.
The film alternates between the lush green, humanoid-inhabited Pandora with its fearsome terrestrial and aerial predators and the spaceship where ugly battle plans are hatched by the human predators.
The most visually stunning moments of Avatar are the extraordinary depictions of the rich flora and fauna of Pandora and the Na’vis in that environment.
Good, Not Great
What comes in the way of Avatar scaling the stratospheric heights of classic excellence are the so-so story and corny dialogs (banal stuff like Come on, who’s bad? What you got? or Those dirty bastards aren’t getting the message or We’ll fight terror with terror).
Although never boring, the story and dialogs fail to match the compelling visual imagery on the screen.
Still, so powerful is the overall movie that we plan to watch Avatar a second time in the theater soon.
You will watch Avatar this weekend unless, of course, you are a blithering idiot and insist on seeing some bozo’s Velaykaran movie. 😉
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends Avatar.