December 22nd, 2009

We just returned from seeing Avatar. I admit that I wasn’t as excited to see this film as dh. He’s been looking forward to the movie for quite a while. (I’m really looking forward to Sherlock Holmes.) The special effects definitely live up to all the hype. It’s hard to spot where the real people disappear and the effects take over. Bravo on that one.

The world Cameron created was visually stunning. Very colorful, unique animals and flora, truly impressive. I’d say the movie is worth seeing for the effects and world building alone. You’ve never seen anything like it.


The story itself definitely reminds me of Dances with Wolves (ie soldier encounters natives, stays true to mission for a while, begins to sympathize, then goes native, etc.). This aspect is wound around a love story and a pro-environment tale. The movie doesn’t get too preachy, which was a nice change. Several of the characters come off as a tad cliche and familiar (ie you feel like you’ve seen them before in other films). It definitely has more of a love story than I expected. In fact, the relationship is prominent, which was surprising. (As a romance writer I was okay with that. *g*)


The bottom line is the film is visually stunning, action-packed, and engaging. If you’re okay with the storyline, then you’ll truly enjoy the movie. For the effects alone, it’s worth seeing. We plan to see it again because we have no doubt we missed things on the screen. Like I said, it’s a very big world. There’s a lot to explore on Pandora.

6 comments to “Avatar”

  1. I’m sure it’s the kind of movie to watch multiple times to catch everything. Looking forward to wearing out the DVD!

  2. You need to see it on the big screen at least once, C.

    We’ll be buying the DVD, too.

  3. Hmm, I thought you would’ve enjoyed it more J. I agree there isn’t anything here in the story that is shocking or new, but its IN THE TELLING that I find so remarkable and unforgettable.

  4. Vivi, I did enjoy the movie. I really did. I didn’t mean to give you the impression I didn’t. I just don’t like ‘guessing’ the story. That’s all. I quite enjoyed the love story. Thought it was very balanced for once.

  5. Thanks for the review. I’m looking forward to Sherlock Holmes too. I hope one of the writers crafted a romantic thread in that one.

  6. Bernard, I hope there’s a romantic thread in there, too, although I have heard the ‘relationship’ is actually between Holmes and Watson. They supposedly act like an old married couple with their bantering. *ggg*