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  1. Dec 20, 2009, 10:37 PM - AVATAR #1

    Just got done watching the movie Avatar and it was an excellent movie,some predictable parts but a lot of action and the CG I was out of this world. This is sure to be a big hit in the theaters. I highly recommend seeing it. 10/10
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    Dec 20, 2009, 11:40 PM - Re: AVATAR #2

    I saw it in 3d yesterday. It certainly looked good, but I wasn't impressed with the storytelling. It was a very good movie though. Better than most I've seen lately. I recommend seeing it as well.
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    Dec 21, 2009, 12:45 AM - Re: AVATAR #3

    story lacked a lot. not enough character development james cameron has sacrificed his touch 4 special effects
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    Dec 21, 2009, 3:16 AM - Re: AVATAR #4

    Unobtanium? Seriously? *falls over laughing*

    Yeah, the story was a little predictable, but I was totally enthralled with the film. There were scenes where (even though I knew it was digital) I couldn't tell that the Na'vi weren't actors in makeup.
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    Dec 21, 2009, 10:48 PM - Re: AVATAR #5

    It was absolutely fantastic. Imax 3D was very impressive.
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    Dec 22, 2009, 12:04 AM - Re: AVATAR #6

    Seems like special effects are what make movies good nowadays. Moviemakers need to give a call to Jim Henson Studios and make movies right.
  7. Dec 22, 2009, 4:37 PM - Re: AVATAR #7

    I agree completely Andy! The only thing that saved this movie for me was ILM. But it was nice to see a combination of Fern Gully and Dances with Wolves even though it is pointless to see it in 3D.
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    Dec 22, 2009, 4:53 PM - Re: AVATAR #8

    Cry some more. lol. Seems like people forget how to enjoy something now a days. It looks sweet, I can't wait to see it.

    El1te
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    Dec 23, 2009, 4:58 AM - Re: AVATAR #9

    i saw the 2-d version yesterday for my birthday, i've been looking forward to this movie for about 5-6 years, and i was pretty impressed.

    visually it's a delight. every scene is very active, but i didn't find them distracting.

    the story isn't weak so much as it is simple. there aren't any dub-tee-eff plot twists that leave you scrambling. it's a basic cowboys and indians story with a self-discovery twist.

    maybe it's because the movie is so long, but i felt like i had a good grasp of the characters. the characters filled the role they needed to be in, and there was no need to have time expand further than that. did that leave them a little flat? yeah, but it got the job done more effectively than over explaining each and every motivation.

    unobtanium... kind of a silly name, but would any other techno-babble name been better? it was a plot device.

    i consider myself to be pretty picky about what movies i watch, there are criteria that need to be met. avatar caught my attention, captured my imagination, and kept me entertained and glued to my seat for nearly three hours. there aren't many movies that can do that for me.
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    Dec 23, 2009, 5:16 AM - Re: AVATAR #10

    I have to agree with all the Avatar love here... the 3D effects were both stunning and subtle in the places they needed it to be, and I thought the characters were great for the length of movie. As for "unobtanium"... I defs chuckled when they introduced it but to be fair... it's not like the stuff (in real life) would just "have" the name, the human scientists that discovered it would give it that name and it doesn't really seem that far fetched or excessively silly to me. All in all I was really engaged in the story and thuroughly enjoyed the movie. Probably will go see it again.
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    Dec 23, 2009, 3:53 PM - Re: AVATAR #11

    Aside from the few moments that felt more like the Lion King and less like a Cameron film, and the occasional ultra-cheezy battle cries, I really enjoyed this film.

    Epic forest battle
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    Dec 23, 2009, 4:01 PM - Re: AVATAR #12

    Would you guys recommend this for a 7 year old?
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    I think 7 would be the threshold 22splt. It might be to heavy duty. It's horrifically long. Which apparently is the Hollywood formula in this era. It might be to long for a little one to sit still for 3 hours (you know, with the previews in the begining too)


    I thought it was all right. I really dug the sharp 3-D and the sound (I will probably never see this in 2-D) and of course the battle sequence was insane. I go to movies to escape, not to compare to anything outside of the film itself. The story was predicatable but so what. I've seen it twice, in the first row, then in back, about 17 rows back. I found the 3-D to be better in the rear rows. I am going again this weekend with friends who are in town for the holidays. It's a good Saturday matinee popcorn-doobie flick
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    Dec 23, 2009, 5:29 PM - Re: AVATAR #14

    Thanks RS. That is long. Ill wait for DVD for him to see it.
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    Dec 24, 2009, 7:17 PM - Re: AVATAR #15

    I saw it the other day. And I'djust like to fill in that the effects where awesome! On 3D noone can compare, story-wise it blew chunks (but what can you excpect from James Cameron?)
    I'm going to see it a second time in 3D.
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    Dec 24, 2009, 11:01 PM - Re: AVATAR #16

    Quote cr4nky said: View Post
    I saw it the other day. And I'djust like to fill in that the effects where awesome! On 3D noone can compare, story-wise it blew chunks (but what can you excpect from James Cameron?)
    I'm going to see it a second time in 3D.
    so terminator, aliens, abyss, terminator 2, true lies, and titanic all had terrible story? you can't make a bold statement like that and then just leave it hanging. can you give some reasons to support that claim?

    true, avatar isn't quite up to par with his previous works, however, i felt it was more than adequate. it made way more sense than the prequel trilogy. it took us from point a to point b and we got to watch the character of jake sully grow along the way. yeah it was a greenpeace movie, but so was wall-e and everyone loved that.
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    Dec 24, 2009, 11:52 PM - Re: AVATAR #17

    Quote 22ssplt said: View Post
    Would you guys recommend this for a 7 year old?
    it depends on if your 7 year old is a Halo fanatic. The ships and Tech had the Halo vibe big-time. I loved it and my 11 year old twins (boy and girl) both loved it.
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    Dec 25, 2009, 1:05 AM - Re: AVATAR #18

    Quote vadr_h8r said: View Post
    it depends on if your 7 year old is a Halo fanatic. The ships and Tech had the Halo vibe big-time. I loved it and my 11 year old twins (boy and girl) both loved it.
    it does have a halo vibe to the tech, mostly because halo pretty blatantly ripped off the tech look of aliens. so turnabout is fair play.
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    Dec 25, 2009, 1:16 AM - Re: AVATAR #19

    I saw it today with my 10 year old son, the 3-D version and hands down it is now one of my favorite movies of all time. I'm pretty hard on movies so that means a lot coming from me...two thumbs up!
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    Dec 25, 2009, 1:54 AM - Re: AVATAR #20

    I really enjoyed this movie as well. Caught the IMax 3D midnight show on the day of release. Worth every penny!
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    Dec 25, 2009, 2:39 AM - Re: AVATAR #21

    I saw it the other day and agree it was really entertaining. Not entirely thought-provoking but held my attention throughout. I also agree that the story was not weak but rather simple. That's okay, though. Some of the best stories are simple.

    There are elements that make it seem at times like Dances With Wolves, and other times like the Matrix.

    While I do recommend seeing it, I don't plan on seeing it multiple times and don't have the urge to buy it on DVD. Seeing it and experiencing it once was enough for me. Again, not flawed, that's just me saying it didn't strike that chord in me that made me have to see it again.

    I also recommend seeing it on the big screen rather than waiting on DVD.

    I think a 7 yr old would probably be fine with it if they're closer to 8. There's some language and violence, but you have that flipping through regular cable channels and they'll definitely be able to grasp the story. Heck, the Happy Meals at McDonalds have Avatar toys right now.

    Now the thing that really made me angry was the article on Yahoo, "Does AVATAR Contain Hidden Messages?" http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/hmg-...-messages.html

    The writer suggests, among other things, that some might liken the Na'vi to American Indians. No! Really?! And then there is this crazy notion that it might be a pro-green, anti-war movie. Duh, thanks for pointing that out Brett Dykes. I would have completely missed these subtle under tones.

    I'm being sarcastic, of course. If anything, the messages are blatantly obvious. If the writer of the article had to question whether the elements were hidden, I'm guessing he was watching the film under the influence of alchohol or some other substance and congratulated himself later when he was able to piece the message together later.

    Another thing that struck me as insanely stupid in the article . . ."Will Heaven of the Daily Telegraph said that the plot line involving people of color who wear "tribal" jewelry while sporting dreadlocked hair, being saved by a noble white man gave the film a 'racist subtext' that he found 'nauseatingly patronising.'"

    Give me a break. Unless this Will Heaven is himself a Na'vi, he has nothing to complain about. And if you don't have this outsider coming in to learn the culture, you've just thrown out 80% of the story and it's appeal. I guess Will Heaven (actually caucasion himself) would have preferred an African American helping save the Na'vi. But wouldn't that have been the same thing? What's the difference between a WHITE man helping save the BLUE Na'vi and a BLACK man helping save the BLUE Na'vi?

    I don't know why every once in a while some animated bit of something catches flak on a racist issue. Look at Jar-jar and how people were saying he made Jamaicans look stupid. Hello? Jar-jar was a Gungan; he made Gungans (and George Lucas) look stupid. He was a bad idea for comic relief on his own without calling it racism. I've heard before with the two cartoon jellyfish on one of those animated movies and the two cars that were also supposedly making African American people look dumb.

    Give the racism issue a rest. No one watches Uncle Buck and says, "Man, that John Candy makes white folks look stupid." Want to take some steps in ending racism an segregation, drop the Miss Black America and the Negro Scholarship fund--things which caucasions are excluded specificially because of their race.

    I've deviated from the AVATAR topic itself, but I haven't heard of any Na'vi protesting how they were depicted.

    See it on the big screen and enjoy it. Don't try to read too deeply into it.
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    Dec 25, 2009, 3:21 AM - Re: AVATAR #22

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    so terminator, aliens, abyss, terminator 2, true lies, and titanic all had terrible story?
    Yup. The ending in Titanic was totally predictable. *falls over laughing* Kidding. I couldn't resist.
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    Dec 25, 2009, 9:05 PM - Re: AVATAR #23

    Quote saint_nasty said: View Post
    it does have a halo vibe to the tech, mostly because halo pretty blatantly ripped off the tech look of aliens. so turnabout is fair play.
    I think we found his next movie! We have been promised a Halo movie for the last 5 years!!
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    Dec 30, 2009, 10:48 AM - Re: AVATAR #24

    Have to admit, it was better than I expected. Everybody talked up how "Al Gore- preachy, Greenpeacey" it might be. I'm glad that story element wasn't too distracting. It looked fantastic and it was well shot and a lot of the lab and military scenes felt very ALIENS.

    And FINALLY, a 3D movie that doesn't have stuff sticking out or just spinning in your face for the sake of an "Oh look! I'm a 3D effect!"
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    Dec 30, 2009, 11:38 AM - Re: AVATAR #25

    Quote TxFett said: View Post
    ...<snipped>... though it is pointless to see it in 3D.
    Seriously??? The 3D stuff was amazing. It added layers of reality you can't believe. Totally fleshed out the experience.

    As for the unobtanium, I assumed it was more of an offhanded remark than the actual name. He didn't seem like a really intelligent character, more like a smart@ss, greedy banker type trying to make money no matter what the cost.
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