Monday, December 21, 2009
WOW!!!! I loved this movie. And this is coming from somebody who is hesitant to hand out praise for movies of this caliber because the movie directors of today don't make 'em like they used to. The CGI in this movie is so amazing that it makes the Star Wars prequel characters such as Jar Jar Binks look like Muppets. James Cameron also created an amazing original story featuring interesting worlds, characters, and creatures. Avatar probably is the most visually stunning movie I have ever seen. Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, that dude from Dodgeball: The Movie (Joel David Moore), and Giovanni Ribisi were outstanding. The main antagonist played by Stephen Lang was a total bad-ass who I couldn't stop rooting against. Hell, even Michelle Rodriquez redeemed herself with her great acting after her abysmal performance as Ana-Lucia from Lost. The special effects, cinematography, action scenes, and sound effects were top notch. Of course you know that if you read my blog on a constant basis, how important movie scores are to me and their impact on making a good movie great. James Horner might have contributed his best score ever for this film, and I'll be shocked if he doesn't win the Oscar in March for Best Movie Score. I'll have to get my hands on this soundtrack immediately.
It's pretty much a done deal that Avatar is winning all of the special effects Academy awards to go along with the soundtrack for James Horner. Is it a serious contender for Best Picture? I feel it might deserve to be nominated, but can't compete with Up In The Air or Nine. The only knock I have on the movie is that it probably was 45 minutes too long. There also was an additional battle scene in the movie that wasn't necessary. For this reason, I had to drop the grade down slightly. I also appreciated the 3-D, but I care more about story over substance. Besides, I'd rather watch great battle scenes without the big glasses adorned on my face. Otherwise, Avatar lived up to the hype which is something that usually doesn't happen in this day and age. Avatar was the best movie I have seen this year, and also a movie I plan on watching over and over regardless of the two hour and 45 minute time frame. Fifteen years from now, Avatar will be to my cousin and his generation what Star Wars is to me and my generation!! And those are some huge words of gratitude!
Grade: A (Exceeded Expectations which is impressive considering how high the expectations already were!)