I go to a LOT of midnight movie screenings. For me it's like most people's 7 o'clock show. You know, the one just an hour or two after you get off work. But tonight, I felt compelled to write about a film; nay, a cinematic experience that I haven't experienced in quite some time. I'll admit it: I've been drinking Jim Cameron's Avatar "Kool-Aide" since I saw the first preview. I read about the movie, saw clips, watched trailers, and basically soaked up everything I could.
I have finally gotten the payoff. I just finished watching the movie in 3D. Now, I don't have kids so I don't see a whole lot of 3D movies, so it took awhile for my eyes to adjust to the glasses (read: I had a headache for the first 30 minutes I was wearing them). But once I got used to them, I got lost in the experience. The world of Pandora (setting of Avatar) is gorgeous. Glowing fauna and outrageous characters remind me of a laser light show containing creatures that are more fitting in the world of George Lucas. The natives are pretty spectacular as well... like the 10 foot tall offspring of G.I. Joe and Barbie dolls. Long legs, tiny waists, and bad ass in about every way. And oh yeah, if you've been living under a rock... they're blue. But it works with the 80's skater color scheme. The main players Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) were great as the big, blue, bad ass Ken and Barbie. The antagonist Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) was both over the top and spot on at the same time. And James Cameron alum Sigourney Weaver is great as Dr. Grace Augustine.
Granted, the plot is vaguely familiar, and easily predictable... but I STILL found myself on the edge of my seat for most of the action sequences, and there are plenty. Avatar has done something that could be a game changer. It has taken the idea of a digital character meshed with live action (Gollum in LOTR, Yoda in Star Wars Ep II and III) and kicked it up about 9 notches. BAM indeed Emeril.
Don't take my word for it... go see for yourself. Personally, I want to watch it again in regular, plain ol 2D; and compare the 2 experiences... (and then go maybe one more time to be sure).