So has anyone else seen Avatar yet? My friend and I went to the "3D IMAX Experience" last night. To throw out some adjectives, I'd say it was intense, epic, awesome, and shweet. The film is about an ex-Marine who finds himself on an alien planet, Pandora, in the form of an Avatar - a human-mind controlled body that looks identical to the alien creatures living on the planet. As he becomes more engrossed in his Avatar life, he is torn between two worlds in a fight for both his own survival and that of the indigenous people. Based on storytelling and narrative alone, the film is really nothing new or special. But technically, it is quite impressive. And if you see it in 3D (which you should) it is like sensory overload. Wowza!
The film seemed to have a lot of messages thrown in. Perhaps a few too many. There were obvious references to colonization, environmental concerns, and even some parallels to the so-called "War on Terror" and issues in the Middle East. And if anyone else has seen Fern Gully, this movie reminded me of that like that but on greater scale and with sexier creatures, which isn't necessarily a bad thing since that movie was awesome too.
This is the most expensive film ever made, costing $360 million! So far it has definitely been receiving lots of hype and great reviews. Its first weekend it was #1 at the box office, received four Golden Globe nominations, and has an impressive 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. It certainly was the most technically amazing film I have seen, maybe ever, and it was visually stunning and off-the-charts. Overall, this was an amazing movie to experience and I certainly recommend it to others.