'Avatar' Review By Ghostman

#9 Avatar, the best cinematic experience of all time.
  • OVERALL
    5.0
    SUPERB
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
Continuing on with my top ten favorite movies of all time is Avatar at number nine. Avatar is probably one of the best cinematic experience of all time, and has the best visual effects CGI I've ever seen. From visionary ground-breaking director, James Cameron comes his most epic and amazing film adventure that you'll remember for a lifetime.

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!

-McLovin

Stay tuned for tomorrows review as I continue my top ten favorite movies of all time with number 8.

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Comments (49)

  1. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- Ah, all right. I'm completely with you, on that one.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I was only using it as an example as many "overrated movies" earn more money than the greater movies.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- I'll buy the "The Avengers" part, but I still don't get why you called this movie crap, when it is(or at least "was) one of your favorite movies of all-time. It just doesn't make any sense..

    Are you admitting that you love(d) a crappy film?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. THE JOKER

    @dan1 The Joker... I was always the Joker... Had the picture of Heath sitting in the jail cell for a long time.. and my profile, when we were able to do so, was all black with green and purple... writing

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. Dan

    @mcleve02 What's your previous username??

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. THE JOKER

    @ghostman ok, that makes more sense! Although the end of our conversation had to do with some other idiots we have torn up back in the day! haha

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  7. Ghostman

    @mcleve02@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Okay, let me clear this up for you two. Yes, I said that it is "a great cinematic experience that is epic" and that "the story isn't entirely original but you forget all about that". all i'm saying is yeah, it's a highly entertaining movies on a visual scale to watch, looking at it story wise and what not, shows that it isn't original but an "okay story". Also, this was reviewed half a year ago so people's opinions change on movies as The Avengers has taken Avatars spot for being "best cinematic experience of all time".

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  8. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- Oh, all right. I'll get back to it, later.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  9. THE JOKER

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx just read on... @marcusx is who make it great, well that and when @err2005 comes in with his newbie comment

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  10. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- @insertusernamehere ruined it for me when he made the following comment(s)

    "Nad123, i didn't read all of ur comments cuz they were too long, but i can tell ur being a huge douche, so shut the f*ck up."

    Oh, and this one:

    "AND HEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRREEEEE, WE GO!!!!

    That was the worst comeback i've ever heard. Besides, i think i got to ya cuz ur now expressing urself in several comments instead of just one long one. And i'm not the only one who's been calling u a douche. Maybe u should go back and read the comments instead of ass-f*cking ur dog. Or do u just read magazines about that?"

    Man, he has really changed(for the better) in the matter of a few short years. I had a split-second thought of a guy screwing his dog, so that pretty much killed it for me, lol.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  11. THE JOKER

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah, we were hard back in the day

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  12. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- Ha ha, really? Damn..

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  13. THE JOKER

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I've talked to both of them for years as well. especially @dan1 we joined around the same time. Now when you read those articles, we tore the guy apart so bad he deleted his comments and left the site, but as you're reading, it will still make you laugh...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- Ha ha! I don't go on this site nearly as much as I use to, but when I do, I try to go on rampage - whether it's chatting, watching videos and rating them, or reading articles and thumbing them up and down. I use to do nothing but the first and last a while ago, every day.

    Oh, really? That would make sense.

    Regardless, if you think my profile numbers are off, you should check out @dan1 and Bawnian-Dexeus; they're insane!

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. THE JOKER

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx It does make me sick however that I joined in 2007 and you've been on since 2011 and have twice the number of comments as me! Course I did go on a 2 year hiadas from this site!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  16. THE JOKER

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx haha I have seen worse... Just dig way back towards the beginning of the Bryan Singer set to direct the Man of Steel article... read some of that crap and deep hard arguments I had back in the day...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  17. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- This is the worst I've seen, so far. I can't think of any others at the top of my head, though.

    "From visionary ground-breaking director, James Cameron comes his most epic and amazing film adventure that you'll remember for a lifetime."

    I don't want to make a big deal out of this, but how could you say something like this about a film, and then call it crap less than a year later?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  18. THE JOKER

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx inconsistencies on this site is nothing new... people have been doing it since I joined years ago!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  19. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- I really hope he can explain why he now thinks this is a "crap" film, because he wrote this less than a year ago, and proclaimed it as one of his favorite films of all-time...

    At this point, I couldn't be more baffled..

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  20. THE JOKER

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx haha and here he thinks it is a mediocre film...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  21. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman@mcleve02 -- Are we missing something?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  22. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    @ghostman: Great review and fantastic movie. Don't care what the haters think.

    3 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  23. skywise

    @ROFLitschristian "we are all mad here.."

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  24. ROFLitschristian

    @skywise Grr, where's the half smile, half frown emoticon?

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  25. skywise

    @ghostman i knew i wasnt clear...it was a bad analogy. seriously though, who waits in line for rollercoasters in winter???

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  26. Ghostman

    @ROFLitschristian Good to hear Sir Epicness :P haha!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  27. ROFLitschristian

    @ghostman Only slightly. XD

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag