So I just came back from a screening of the groundbreaking new James Cameron movie, “Avatar”, and I can’t wait to go back a few days from now. The movie lives up to its gigantic hype. I went in with very high expectations and they were met and exceeded.
Here’s a movie that has something for everyone; from a great love story, to epic battle scenes, to a magnificent score, the greatest special effects to date, and on top of all that an environmental message. Movie geeks will be mentioning “Avatar” whenever there’s the classic “Star Wars” vs “Lord of the Rings” debate, for it is a movie that stands its ground against both of those excellent trilogies. “”Avatar” is simply a masterpiece of movie magic. James Cameron knows how to plug you into a world that you will not want to leave.
I won’t go into the plot but I will say that Cameron’s new movie is like a combination of all of his previous works. It revolves around creatures as cool as “Aliens”, it has battle scenes that make the scenes in his Terminator movies look small, and a powerful love story similar to that of “Titanic”. Now that I’ve mentioned “Titanic”, I would like to point out the similar structure of the screenplay Cameron used with both movies. Remember the times when the “Titanic” story would get interrupted by Old Rose and we as viewers were begging inside for more scenes on the ship. The same happens with “Avatar” only this time we beg to spend more time on Pandora whenever we’re pulled off.
The Na’vi tribe is very interesting and one of the most well developed and original species in film history. It’s been a very strong year for scifi fans with movies like “District 9”, “Star Trek” and “Moon” coming out at the end of the decade. While I consider “Moon” to be the best scifi of the year by far, still “Avatar” is a fantasy epic that will most likely have a strong fan following. All I can say is believe the hype for “Avatar” has it all.