Sound Off: James Cameron's Avatar - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
December 18, 2009
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? This truly is a movie more than 10 years in the making. It was 1997 when James Cameron directed his last feature film, but now he's back with the epic new project he's been working on ever since - Avatar. Does it live up to all of the hype? How does all of that CGI look on the big screen? Does the story hold up or is it bland or problematic? Are the performances, even those shot entirely with motion capture, still exceptional? How does it compare to James Cameron's other great movies? If you've seen it, them sound off, leave a comment, and let us know what you thought of Avatar!
To fuel the fire, I completely loved Avatar, every last second. Not only is it a completely gorgeous movie with some of the most amazing visuals I've ever seen, but the story is so brilliant, even if it's simple and something we've seen bits of before. I've heard some people complain about the story and dialogue, but I still felt all of it was top notch. It's exactly what you'd expect from James Cameron and I loved it (what can I say?). Yes, it's similar to Dances With Wolves, but seeing that kind of story play out on an alien planet was exhilarating. My only gripe was the score, Cameron should've chosen someone other than James Horner.
I can't finish without mentioning a few of my other favorite elements of Avatar. Col. Quaritch (played by Stephen Lang) was one of the best parts of the entire movie. He was such a frickin' badass, I loved all of his scenes where he would go outside without a mask just holding his breath. After seeing it the first time, I was with Drew McWeeny of HitFix and he said that he knew he loved it because he kept thinking of so many great moments. Same for me. I loved the scene near the end where Neytiri finally "meets" the human Jake Sully face-to-face. Cameron is brilliant at crafting these great moments and there are so many in Avatar.
What did you think of Avatar? A glorious new sci-fi masterpiece or a cheesy waste of time?