James Cameron's Joe Letteri's Avatar
Let's get one thing straight right off the bat - that's the movie's actual title. You've probably heard by now that Cameron waited ten years for "the technology to catch up with his vision"; in other words: He knew his story was a crapola Cliche Storm
, and he needed some sparkle to sell it. Ten years later, 3-time Academy Award winner (now winner of a fourth for Avatar) Joe Letteri (Lo TR, King Kong, I Robot
) delivered, and how.
It's ridiculous to think that this movie was made by the same director who has given us some of the best movies - both action and artsy - of the last two decades, such as Terminator, True Lies and Titanic. The cliched nature of the story has already been explored in detail, so I'm not going to go into that. Let's just say that it was an Excuse Plot
to get those Visual Effects Of Awesome
out there and leave it at that. Weta Digital, under the expert guidance of Letteri, creates an amazing, beautiful world that you can immerse yourself into, so realistically believable, and yet so exotic and fantastic at the same time, that you can't help wishing you could reach out and walk into it right through the screen, without giving a crap that you wouldn't last ten seconds in there before you end up dead. One can ALMOST understand the "Na'vikin" Fan Dumb
Everything else is a complete turn-off. The so-called "hero" is a moron bordering on total Jerk Ass
. At no point do we see him do something 'cause it's right
- his every action is selfishly motivated. We're supposed to sympathize with this guy? The rest of the human characters are divided by Black and White morality to the point of ridiculousness. The Na'vi are more diverse and realistic, intentionally made of so much vanilla to make sure the audience will sympathize/relate with them more. It's a blatant spoonfeeding of the Humans Are Bastards
Aesop that can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Which, hilariously, gets broken into a million pieces when it's the HUMAN who conquers the inconquerable Toruk, unites the warring clans, leads them to battle, and is "chosen" by the Goddess.
Oh, and a Special mention to Zoe Saldana for her sheer horribleness. A performance so bad, so much over-the-top and Chewing The Scenery
that it reaches right through the mo-cap and makes you want to slap Neytiri in the face.
Worth watching, just remember: Joe Letteri's Avatar.
this review earns +100 internets from my personal collection
5th Jun 10
15th Jan 11
You have a bit of a mistake there. James Cameron directed Avatar, not Joe Letteri.
16th Jan 11
3rd Mar 11
(edited by: Anaheyla)
The second time I saw Avatar, I gave up and just declared Quaritch the hero.
3rd Mar 11
15th Jun 11
(edited by: liliafax)
10th Jul 11
29th Aug 11
(edited by: dArhengel)
The EXTENSIVE marketing made me draw away from the film already, but then Fridge Brilliance hit me: this story seems lifted from somewhere. And then I saw Pocahontas. The story is almost entirely lifted;(dark-skinned female from other culture has to teach white doofus about their land and culture, fight some evil land-stealer and his gang of mooks, then the white guy walks away with something he learned) except the characters are far more unlikeable and annoying and there's no tree named Grandmother Willow.
1st Sep 11
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