Sunday, December 20, 2009

Go see Avatar in 3D


If people only read my title then I will have written enough.

Oh my god. Avatar was phantasmagorical. A feast for my eyes and a journey for my soul. A glimpse of a future and of another world like nothing I've ever seen before. I've only ever seen worlds like this inside my own imagination whilst reading fabulous books (Grass, Ender's Game, The Dragonriders of Pern). By the way, do go and read those books if you haven't already.

The story was relatively simplistic, but the telling - oh the telling was wonderful. The story, in the end is just a vehicle and it does a great job of carrying the imagery forward for us. What the movie should be seen for is it's extraordinarily complex three-dimensional effects. We left the theatre, the Big Guy and I, wishing we could be Na'vi - bounding through the trees, flying on Ikran, listening to the Tree of Souls. We wanted to go back in to the theatre and see it again immediately just to examine the rest of the screen instead of always being focussed on the main thread in any scene.

Awesome, in the truest sense of the word.

5 comments:

  1. Saw it in HD 3D. Loved it. Forgot I was looking at CGI...very good. A friend did describe the story as "Dances With Aliens," though, which made me laugh.

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  2. :-)

    When I watch the movie, I will think of you.


    Holding your hope in my prayers, dear.

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  3. Arright, arright. Everyone in my family is talking about seeing Avatar at the IMAX theatre this week - and because I normally can't stand sci-fi type movies, I've been resistant. After reading this I might go along with it begrudgingly and allow myself to be pleasantly surprised. :0)

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  4. I saw it last night and it was lovely. 3D usually makes me want to puke, but this was much more subtle and really well done. The world was so beautiful, I wish so much of the movie hadn't featured war and whatnot in it. I'd have liked to see the bluepeople sit around and make dinner and knit for three hours.

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