Avatar–What’d you think?

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned I’d do a little review of the movie Avatar.

Me and my sweet hubby went to see it Christmas Day at the IMAX in Glendale, near the football stadium. Great area, lots of excitement.

We got there early, thankfully, because it was packed.

We donned our 3D glasses, which reminded me of the glasses in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Oh, but it was worth it. I went to 3D movies as a kid, but don’t really remember much about them. But let me tell you, 3D in the IMAX was awesome. I fought the urge to swat things I thought were about to smack me in my face. It was GREAT!

Even better–THE MOVIE–I didn’t realize it was a bit of a romance, actually. And I love a great romance!! I was really worried that it would be too animated for my liking. But I was proven wrong. Yes, lots of animation, but it is so advanced, I often forgot it was animation.

Wow! If I had some sort of ranking system here on the Light of Truth blog, I’d rank it the highest possible. Go see it. If you have, did you like it?

9 thoughts on “Avatar–What’d you think?

  1. Allie–Great point! Yep, Marine with a code of honor, I can see that for sure. And you’re right, it was mercenary that’s what made Jake stand out so much because of his honor! Yeah, I’ve heard about that animation. Loved it. πŸ™‚

  2. I think it’s important to recognize that the script set Pandora up not as “military” operation, but a “mercenary” operation. There’s no honor involved…the “soldiers” were in it for the high pay, not to serve their country–they were serving a corporation and its profits. That’s why it was so distinctive that Jake was an ex-Marine with a code of honor. It’s what enabled him to make the transformation he did, I believe. And I heard an interview that the animation was done with a very sophisticated filming of the the actors faces as they interacted, so that what what you are seeing IS their face, just with the animation layered over it.

  3. Kat–yep, you’ll have to check it out. I thought the story was nicely done. Really shows a lot of depth as far as I am concerned. I’m sure some would argue that the “plot” was weak, but I loved it.

    Lori–yep, loved Grace. . . I just loved how their relationship evolved. πŸ™‚

  4. Lynn, great points about “grace”! My antenna must not have been wired correctly the day I saw it. Glad yours were! Thanks. πŸ™‚

  5. β€œjust because I need it doesn’t mean I can take it from you.” Indeed.

    I just got around to reading the review/summary. It sounds like a pretty decent story, and it sounds like one of those films that must be seen on the big screen. I’ll see if I can talk my hubby into spending New Years Eve in the movie theater.

    πŸ™‚

  6. Lori–The political aspect didn’t bother me much, but what resonated with me the most of Jake’s transformation. The fact that the death of his brother was the reason he went into the Avatar program. Then, when “Grace” and him first butted heads, then at the end he’s telling the military to listen to Grace. . . I loved that. The intensity of the emotional bond between Jake and his love interest (I can’t even begin to remember how to say it or type the actual name)–wow. The animation actually portrayed the facial emotiona. . . I just love it. I felt so connected to the characters.

    Allie. You’re right about the message “just because I need it doesn’t mean I can take it from you.”

    Bman–I think we’ll end up seeing it a couple more times as well. πŸ™‚

  7. I loved it. I thought the story worked on so many levels. Visually stunning, thought provoking, so engaging the hours flew by–everything I love the movies for. And I think the world could definitely use the message “just because I need it doesn’t mean I can take it from you.”

  8. IMAX 3-D is awesome for sure! I saw it in digital 3D, which is only a mite less amazing than IMAX. Really stunning picture, especially Avatar with all its colors and action and lighting.
    I did enjoy the movie, but I felt something was missing at the end. I can’t really pinpoint it either, although I’ve tried. I loved the premise, I loved the created world, I loved the romantic relationship and the underdog battle triumphing over big, bad, powerful meanies. I love that he became one of them in truth not only in theory and that his broken body was traded in for a much more powerful and able one. That transformation is awesome, now that I think about it. I’m looking forward to the sequels that are planned (2 that I know of).
    Created worlds with so much emphasis on spiritualism are tough, though, because there will always be holes unless it’s an exact analogy to Truth. I guess it’s unfair of me to say that since I advocate so strongly not throwing the baby out with the bath water. πŸ™‚
    Also, I felt it got a little too political with a few lines like “fight terror with terror” from the “evil military guy.” I may just be too sensitive to that kind of stuff.
    So, I totally get why people love it, it just didn’t resonate with me like some movies do. I didn’t hate it… I mean, I’m not hatin’ at all! πŸ™‚ Just sayin’. I was left grasping for something I wasn’t sure was there or not.
    What are your reasons for it resonating with you, Lynn?
    Hopefully I didn’t take up too much space here! Good stuff for discussion, though, right?
    Have an awesome Tuesday! Love ya, girl!

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