#9 Avatar, the best cinematic experience of all time.
Avatar is about a paraplegic marine on a mission on an unknown planet called Pandora, he then discovers himself when he is taken inside the Na'Vi tribe and learns who he really is as he must protect their land from being destroyed.
I was so excited to see avatar as it was one of my most anticipated movies of the year when it came out in December of 2009. It was probably one of the most anticipated films of the decade, due to James Cameron's ground breaking visual effects and how it was filmed using motion capture technology. Another thing I looked forward to seeing was the mind blowing stereoscopic 3D that started the worldwide craze.
When I got around the time to seeing Avatar, it was on opening day. After a cold blustery winter snow storm, I thought it would be nice to see Avatar in theaters that day since their was nothing else to do. That, and it was a movie I've been waiting for all year. Avatar transported me to a whole new world as I was immersed into Pandora. Looking at the lush alien planet, I couldn't believe my eyes. The 3D was visually amazing and I was in complete wonder and awe. From the opening scene to the amazing action in the film and the climatic battle near the end. It was pure popcorn excitement.
The narrative story was amazing and although, it wasn't entirely original, I enjoyed the film a lot. Sam Worthington gave a pretty good performance as this was his first film in acting. You couldn't help but connect with his character as you watched Sam Worthington's character Jake go from his wheel chair self to being able to walk as his avatar component.
Sam Worthington showed us that his character had great courage and proved he can do just about anything disabled or not. The audience cheered for his character and so did I. With Sam Worthington playing the main lead character in an epic James Cameron movie, a new action star was born. Since then, he has starred in movies like Terminator Salvation (although this came out before Avatar, Worthington filmed this after) and Clash of the Titans. Returning to work alongside James Cameron again is the talented actress Sigourney Weaver.
As always, Sigourney Weaver brings heart and soul to her character, Grace Augustine who is a scientist that studies the Na'Vi. Sigourney Weaver has never let me done and every scene she was in was perfect. Even though her character didn't have that much of a back story, check out the 3 hour extended cut which contains more on Grace and features new scenes with Sigourney Weaver in it. Zoe Saldana does an outstanding job at playing Neytiri.
James Cameron did an excellent job at using motion capture to capture every movement that Zoe Saldana did when she acted during filming. As playing one of the alien Na'Vi, Zoe Saldana had to be flexible and maneuver her body in different ways, and she is really good at it. She almost acts alien as well since I've never seen anything like her performance to being so unreal and believable. Zoe and Sam had great chemistry on screen.
The action in the movie is epic and just down right awesome! James Cameron knows a thing about action, as you can tell from the action in Terminator films and Aliens (another one of his movies on my all time favorites list) and the action scenes in Avatar are just breath taking. I can't say enough about the great CGI. The visual effects in this are spectacular. James Cameron has shown us that he can take us to a world that we've never seen before and make us believe that it's all real. After I saw Avatar I couldn't imagine a place more beautiful than Pandora. Plus I couldn't get enough of the movie so I went to see it again, only this time, I saw it in IMAX 3D!
It was about a few weeks after I saw Avatar for the first time on opening day in 3D and a funny story about that: During the Home Tree invasion scene about 90 minutes into the movie, I was so connected to the film and all of of a sudden, the left half of the screen went all pink. I was a little annoyed and thought the problem would be fixed, sooner the theater screen started skipping and the movie paused...flickered a few times and finally the screen shutdown and the whole theater went black. Lights came on and everybody crumbled in anger. I was upset so we had to wait 15 minutes for them to replace the movie reel and fast forward to the part where Avatar left out when it decided to pink out on us. After the movie was over, the theater usher gave us a free popcorn and large soda ticket, only to notice that it had expired two months ago!
When I saw Avatar again for a second time in IMAX 3D, I had the time of my life! It was even better in IMAX! The fact that the screen was over 80 feet tall and nearly 60 feet wide, I was immersed even deeper into the forest of Pandora. Watching the battle on screen in IMAX format was just incredible! IT felt as if I was right there in the middle of it all. The best part of watching Avatar in the theater, IMAX or regular screen is that it's a movie that's meant to be experienced and seen on the big screen. Being able to share the excitement with the audience and looking at their reactions was very heart-warming to see them so invested with such an awesome film. It truly is a cinematic experience to behold. Due to Avatar's immense popularity and the nearly 3 billion dollars earned worldwide, James Cameron is set to continue on Jake and Neytiri's story with a second and third movie. When I heard that news, I couldn't believe my eyes or ears!
Avatar is one of the best cinematic movies to experience in theaters that have come out in a long time (well, next to the Star Wars films and this years Transformers: Dark of the Moon) the story isn't entirely original but you forget all about that as such actors like Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver are able to transport you in the mind of James Cameron and see with your very eyes the wonder and excitement that is Avatar. I can't wait to visit Pandora again in the future and see what director James Cameron has up his sleeves for us!
Stay tuned for tomorrows review as I continue my top ten favorite movies of all time with number 8.