Cinema Viewfinder: Movie Review: Avatar (2009)

Posted: December 21, 2009 in Scifi
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Okay, I did not get a chance to see this yet due to the upcoming holiday but take a look at Tony’s review over at Cinema Viewfinder. I’ll give my take some time next week.

Movie Review: Avatar (2009)

Okay. It’s not that Avatar should be ranked on any end-of-the-year “best” lists, to be sure. But I had such a fun time falling into James Cameron’s fantasy, I can’t deny how enjoyable it is. Is it a landmark achievement in filmmaking? I think so. But the problem lies in whether it will feel like such twenty years from now, when this technology will feel commonplace, or worse yet, outdated.

A former visual effects cinematographer, Cameron has a natural inclination towards spectacle. What I also give him credit for is using his vast wealth to fund the R & D for not just his own pet projects, but projects that will help the medium itself move forward . Avatar, its fairly evident, is just such a project. In one scene, where hero Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) has gotten lost in the woods of planet Pandora, he meets Neytiri (Zoë Saldana), one of the warrior natives known as the Na’vi. The scene is one that immerses both the viewer and our proxy Jake in the engrossing environs of the Na’vi’s planet. Its CGI world simultaneously feels artificial and alive. Everything from the flora to the fauna to the heroes that populate its world have an organic relation to each other, their sympathetic bioluminescence serving as the vehicle for this holistic harmony.

via Cinema Viewfinder: Movie Review: Avatar (2009).


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