Saturday, December 19, 2009

Avatar (2009)

Director: James Cameron. Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Wes Studi. 162 min. Rated PG-13. Sci-fi/Fantasy.

No wonder Cameron hadn't directed a feature-length movie for 12 years; obviously, creating Avatar mandated such time. Touches of Aliens and Dances with Wolves are scattered throughout, but for a true allegory, I believe Avatar is Star Wars for the new generation. The superb mix of fantasy, spiritual, philosophical, and political themes raises the story beyond any sci-fi concept seen in decades, and the additional message for humans to blend with their green environment is one to cherish. After 160 minutes, I did not want this visually stunning masterpiece to end, because I had seen my top movie of 2009.

(Disclaimer: Although Cameron had planned this mainly to be watched in 3-D, I chose to watch the 2-D screening, just because I wasn't sure I could tolerate more than 2 hours of 3-D without getting a headache. Maybe I'll try 3-D on the second round.)

Mo says:


  1. I have to confess It didn’t impress me at first half , but in second half the story was completely different. The visual effects were stunning , showing some deep meaning of life like humanity, values, religious belief in a beautiful style, and love in a pure shape , were brilliant. I was fascinated by all of this genius of James Cameron. The film reminded me Matrix,Jurassic park , Dances with wolves ,Apocalypto, ..but all of great impressions of these masterpieces were gathered in this product and transmitted to me at once .The especial attitude to mysticism and pray was very beautiful, the idea of fight between Technology & nature was very very excellent.

  2. That's why I believe "Avatar" can act as the "Star Wars" of the new generation. "Star Wars" too, was the combination of multiple older genres (epic, samurai, sci-fi, fantasy, western, ...) and was presented as a spectacular special effects revolution, delving into religion, spirituality, and God - at a time when America was experiencing the aftermaths of a disasterous war. "Avatar" has all the above characteristics.

    I just hope that this time, the Academy doesn't make the same mistake it did in 1977, and gives the Oscar to "Avatar". Last night's Golden Globes made that a near certainty.