Monday, January 25, 2010

Avatar

So unless you have been living in a cave in the Arctic for the past few weeks you have probably heard of a little film called Avatar. It is by Canadian director James Cameron. As of this writing it has made over 553 million in the domestic box office alone. That is good enough for second all time. First all time is Titanic which was also directed by Cameron. Since he now has the two highest grossing movies of all time he should pretty much be able to ask the studios for whatever the hell he wants to from now on. Some estimates have this movie costing in access of 250 million to make.

The Story
The story basically is Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas, and Last Samurai rolled into one with a sci-fi/environmental twist. In other words nothing all that original.


The visuals

This is what sets this movie apart. There were no really big name actors (Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz) in this movie so, most of the budget shows up on screen. Three years ago I said that transforms was the most amazing special effects movie I have ever scene. Will there is a new king and its name is Avatar. When you are watching this movie it is important to remember how little of it is actually real. Simply put it is amazing what they have achieved.


Do i recommend it?

Ultimately I don't know if i would recommend this movie for everyone. It is a little long and the story is not that original in my book. However, if you are a person who likes pop culture then you simply have to see this as it is the movie event of the last decade.

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