Avatar

Just back from seeing Avatar 3D with a good friend, Andrew, and I have to say that this was one giant eyeball orgasm from start to finish! (apologies Mother!)

Unfortunately, it transpires that Andrew is one of those people who can’t really process 3D, so I felt a little guilty afterwards and promised not to rave about it too much to him, but I really really cannot praise this phenomenal film enough (3D or otherwise)!

Beautiful, breath-taking, emotive and visually stunning would all be words/phrases that I think easily sum up many people’s thoughts on this film, not least mine!

The word ‘epic’ is not a word that I often use (and am weary to use at the moment due to the huge critical acclaim that this film is currently receiving, and the risk of appearing short-sighted), however I do sincerely think that we will look back fondly on Avatar in years to come, and will hold it up as a key milestone in cinematographic history.

Directed and written by James Cameron, produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau and with (fantastic) music by James Horner, it was pretty much guaranteed to be an epic success – especially with a lot of the key members of the Titanic team on board… oh, and did I mention that it has the ever magnificent Sigourney Weaver in it?!

Sam Worthington does an amazing job as the lead character, and it helps that he’s hawt… super hawt!

I have been looking forward to Avatar for ages, so it was great to actually get to see it in the cinema, as I often leave it too late to go and see films. I hope that when this comes out on DVD that they do a 3D version for us to be able to watch at home.

I am also very excited about the idea of the Avatar game, out now on the Wii (also out on XBox 360 and PS3) – the parallel between the humans in the film and we humans playing the game, with the gamer using the Wii-mote to control an avatar, make me go ‘ooooh!’ inside heh!

James Cameron is reported as saying that if (IF?!) Avatar is successful, two sequels are in the pipeline – I think this kind of demand for the film making tech would help revolutionise cinema as we know it today, so I would greatly welcome them provided they could preserve the core values of this film.

Presently, it holds the world record for the biggest box office opening weekend for any original film (i.e. non-franchise, non-sequel). Pretty amazing stuff – box office receipts were reportedly around the $300m mark for the first weekend, which will go most of the way to paying off the films colossal budget!

One thought that I couldn’t get out of my head at times was how this was like a mash-up between the story and themes of Disney’s Pocahontas set in an environment from Studio Ghibli’s ‘Laputa, Castle In The Sky’ – not that that’s a bad thing!

Stuck for something to do over Christmas week? Get yourself down to the nearest cinema showing this in 3D (or IMAX 3D) and enjoy, it’s spectacular!

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About Gari

Thirty-One year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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