The good news is, by the sparkling light of Eywa, this movie is an incredible sight to behold! James Cameron has really outdone himself and, even though Avatar might not be the game changer he was making it out to be, it's still amazing. The alien landscape of Pandora is beautiful and imaginative with something new and unexpected around ever bend.
Even the Na'vi, the blue-skinned kitty people who represent the wronged Native Americans of Pandora, are beautiful in their own ways. James Cameron said that he wanted us to feel lust for them and, I want to make it perfectly clear, I do not lust after them... but they are beautiful.
I probably wouldn't kick one out of bed.
If there is one breakout star in this movie, it's Zoe Saldana who also stole the show in Star Trek earlier this year. Miss Saldana gives a wonderful performance as the Na'vi princess, Neytiri, who the main character falls in love with. Her range of emotion and raw passion in this movie was engrossing and had me fully convinced that the ten foot tall kitty woman was a real and breathing entity. She sold it, folks.
James Cameron proves once again that he is a master filmmaker by providing us a tried and true story populated with people we get to know and care about. Again, though, this isn't a completely successful effort. I was put off by the black and white areas set up in Avatar where all the Na'vi were peaceful and kind and all of the military were gun wielding psychopaths. What happened to those wonderful areas of grey? Now all we have are flesh-toned and blue!
Avatar, while derivative as far as plot goes, is am amazing artistic achievement. CGI characters have finally gotten to the point where they can be accepted as real lifeforms and not just waxy figures with dead eyes (although, I do have to give credit to District 9 - which I just watched - for pulling this off as well). James Cameron's first movie in fifteen years might not be the amazing nuclear missile of ingenuity we were promised, but it's nothing to look down on. Derivative or not, it's incredible to behold.
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