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Don’t miss Avatar at the movies!

So now that all the hype is over for “Avatar” and everyone who needs to see the movie has done so by now, I thought it was important that I see it for myself before it disappears to the Civic Video store never to be seen at a movie theatre again. And I had it on good advice from several friends who had seen it that 3D was apparently the only way to go.

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I was prepared to sit through a “Titanic”-style movie of three hours (keeping in mind I can’t sit at the hairdressers for that long!) but
James Cameron has made such an amazing movie that three hours felt like three minutes!

It is not about aliens, blue people, or war in a futuristic, make-believe planet, but a beautifully-told, very thought-provoking magical piece of cinematography. How could I have been so wrong about this movie? It has it all… amazing characters, brilliant story, ethical and moral dilemma plus a good old-fashion slice of romance thrown in for good measure. Oh, and a whole bunch of shooting and missiles and guns and stuff.

The story is realistic, the characters are very well written and the cinematography has to be seen to be believed. Plus I do agree with my advisers that it is best seen in 3D for a purely surreal experience. The mythical creatures, the flying scenes, the tree house, the helicopters and war planes, makes it kind of like “Star Wars” meets “Transformers” meets “Jurassic Park” but much better!

Sam Worthington has never really struck me as anything but a broody, younger and not-so-talented Russell Crowe while I would have thought Sigourney Weaver would have had enough of aliens and weird creatures, but I was wrong on both accounts. Sam Worthington makes this movie. His authentic portrayal of Jake Sully had me glued to my seat for the whole three hours. I didn’t look at my watch once or even feel the movie was dragging. I was still questioning how it would all finish right to the end.

I won’t ruin it for you but don’t listen to anyone who says it is just a “Pocahontas” movie with great special effects as they have obviously missed the point. The movie is essentially about what is worth protecting and what is up for commercial grabs. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself drawing parallels to the real world and what we are doing to this planet while you sit there with your funny looking 3D glasses.


The Rotten Tomatoes movie site says “It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron’s singular gift for imaginative, absorbing film-making.” And as Sam Worthington says, “Girls will like it for the scenery and romance and guys will like it for the kick-arse action scene at the end!”

Review by Ruby Harris