Avatar is the best movie I’ve seen in years. It’s so good in fact that it’s also the first movie to come out in years that I feel is worth paying more money for, to own a copy. Before going to see this movie, I hadn’t really heard anything good about it. People were all speculating about the budget and whether or not it would be justified. I heard a lot of people predicting that it would be flaky. I’m glad I didn’t listen to them.
Avatar is a breathtaking movie. From beginning to end you’ll be amazed by the stunning visuals. The imagery is vivid and lush. The level of detail is astounding. But it’s not just the visuals that will keep you glued to your seat. The movie creates and entire world with depth, history, and tradition that’s full of life. The Na’vi even have their own language. A sequel would only ruin it, but there’s enough room in the world James Cameron created in this film to spawn an entire series of books, expanding on the history of the Na’vi, the native population of Pandora.
Even though this movie takes place on Pandora, another planet, the human element isn’t lost. The movie is all about bonds that people form with each other and with the world around them. The Na’vi are a primitive race on the surface, but their society is very advanced, especially in how they interact with their environment and the role it plays in their lives. The Na’vi live a simple lifestyle but they’re in tune with their surroundings and they live happily. There’s also a romantic side to the movie that is predictable, but done in a way that’s touching and interesting. It adds to the story, rather than serving as a distracting element.
The movie is fast paced and has a lot of action in it. There really isn’t a boring moment. With every scene you get to learn more about Pandora and the Na’vi. There are also bits of humor thrown in, but tastefully. Some of Sigourney Weaver’s lines are a great example. This movie will probably appeal most to people who love epic fantasy stories like Lord of the Rings, but it’s hard to compare this movie with others I’ve seen. It’s really in a league of its own. It was like watching the rich world of a book come to life on screen. There’s really something there for everyone. I doubt anyone’s going to be disappointed coming home from this one.
At the end, you’ll find yourself lost in the world of Pandora and it’s people, wishing for more and reminiscing on the more poignant scenes of the movie.
(Read my follow-up post on Avatar and the symbolism present in the plot.)