Review: Avatar - A feast for your eyes but your brain will be washed!

I just got back from watching Avatar and I have to say, visually I found it stunning! The colours and 3D were amazing. Pandora, the alien world, had colours literally jumping off the screen and the floating mountains were jaw droppingly gorgeous.

So, as you’d imagine, the special effects and animation were fantastic. But what about the rest of the film?

Well, the story is yet another invasion drama where the Americans, I’m not going to say humans because they’re all American God bless’em, have found Pandora which is an amazing all-natural world with no skyscrapers or roads! Bit like a huge jungle, actually, a lot like a huge jungle with Blue people called the Na’vi.

Though beneath this particular jungle is an extremely rare resource that sells for $20 million a kilo, a bit like oil but a solid.

So the USA decide to try and take it. They don’t waste much time finding a nice way or trying to convince the ‘savages’ (or Na’vi to you or me) to leave so it’s the ‘gung-ho kill everything in our way’ method, a bit like George Bush.

The story revolves around the hero Jake Sulley (no not the monster from Monsters inc) who takes on an Avatar and is accepted as one of the Na’vi while trying to find out more information about them. Safe to say he falls for one of the hot gals and decides he likes them more than the psychotic, gun-toting, blood thirsty human Americans. Which was probably a good decision.

A fantastic war ensues and there is a feel good/be good/do good morale to the tale along with the overwhelming sub-conscious feeling not to trust the US army.

I really enjoyed this film, my family and friends enjoyed this film and you HAVE to watch it in the cinema in 3D. As I said before, the visuals are absolutely stunning!

It’s not the greatest film of all time but it’s definately a good one.

Rating: 4/5

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Sounds like a film I'd like to see. It's probably an entertaining way to show how power and resource hungry America can destroy the lives of ordinary (in this case Na'vi) people. Sad that most of Americans will never get it, and the right wingers will only criticise 'liberals' for sneaking a way of telling people how murderous America can be. As an American I've been waiting to see the truth about Iraq and Afghanistan (as well as people in other countries have been murdered by American adventurism) to be spelled out to the American people in a way they could understand. Avatar may be one of the ways, unfortunately most Americans will see it only as a film to enjoy and will never will get the message. Nile Gardiner of the Telegraph (UK) commenting on Avatar believes the US public is tired of the anti-war rhetoric of the Left which he believe has become hollow since the success of the 'surge' in Iraq, yet he fails to mention that paying off the Sunnis, with billions of American tax payers money for that matter, has had a lot do to help with the surge's success. Yes, the Iraqi people may be better off now than when they were living under Saddam Hussein, but they have a new master now, the USA. Do you really think the Iraqis have a real democracy? And yes the Iraqis are free to watch Mr. Cameron’s films instead of being forced to watch 'Nazi-style propaganda', except, of course, those children that were killed by US bombs. Hundred and thousands of them. But, what does that matter to the ordinary American, or for Mr. Nile Gardiner, they were just only brown backward people anyway. And for the US military personally sacrificing themselves for bringing freedom to the Iraqis, well, lets face it, they were being just 'Good Germans' weren't they?
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Liked the film overall - visually staggering and well paced with, for the most part, well judged, if a little sparing character development. There is some frankly, unbearable dialogue (G.I. Joe bad-guy's dialogue was an endless pit of excruciating cliches). Thankfully, though, Cameron relies on action to tell most of the story. There is an initial over-explained idiot proof first half hour but I guess he just wanted to keep those lacking any attention span in their seats before the action started. These weaknesses are noticeable but don't succeed in spoiling the film. And despite the less than original plot lines it still works extremely well as a cinematic experience. 4 out of 5 easily.
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Directors cut Liked the film overall - visually staggering and well paced with, for the most part, well judged, if a little sparing character development. There is some frankly, unbearable dialogue though. The G.I. Joe-type bad-guy's script was an endless stream of excruciating and rather archaic clichés. Mercifully, Cameron relies on action to tell most of the story and the performances and dialogue of the other characters was much more credible. There is also an initial rather over-explained intro monologue in first half hour. You can see the decision to try and keep those lacking any real attention span in their seats before the action started. These weaknesses are noticeable but don't succeed in spoiling the film. And despite the less than original plot lines it still works extremely well as a cinematic experience. 4 out of 5 easily. The 3D is breathtaking and not to be missed but, really, film is so beautiful that it still blows you away in ordinary 2D - Yeah, I saw both and I’m going to be watching it again… and again!
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Hi Miguel, Thanks for your comment. I agree this film might make people think about the war but sadly this is one of many and while it might get more attention I think you're right in saying that it will just be seen as entertainment. Thanks again
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