Recently my friend Cori and I went out to lunch and a movie. We were supposed to see Sherlock Holmes but then at the last minute Cori suggested we see Avatar instead because of all of the special effects and the fact that it was in 3D. I have to admit that Avatar is not a movie I would ever go to see on my own. In general I don't like action packed rooting tooting gun slinging movies of any kind. I find them to be very intense and science fiction is just to surreal for me.
I've also never really cared for 3D movies. Do you remember going to a 3D movie when you were a child and being given those little cardboard glasses to wear? Mine never seemed to fit right and I was constantly fiddling with them. Well that's not the case any more! Now your actually given a decent pair of glasses which definitely enhanced the whole 3D experience, at least for me. In fact, I'm actually looking even more forward than before to seeing 'Alice in wonderland' after viewing the previews in 3D.
After I had let out a couple of subtle screams, hid my face in my coat, nearly slid out of seat, and ducked once or twice I must say I really got into the movie. The story centers around another world called Pandora. An ex-marine is sent to a military base there, and through DNA, and something like out of body experiences, transforms himself into an Avatar. Scientists eager to learn about the culture follow his progress as the aliens (Avatar's) take him in and except him as one of they're own. The world of Pandora is portrayed as pristine, untouched, and beautiful. The aliens have a sort of naivety or innocence about them. I thought the visual effects were awesome! In addition to being a love story, Avatar is a story about heroism, and good verse evil. I won't tell you anymore about it in case you would like to see it yourself. I will say that it reminds me a little of 'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe' in that the characters are transported into another world much different than they're own. I think the story line is some what similar to what occurred right here in our own country in regards to the pilgrims and Indians but with a much different out come.
Apparently the movie has stirred quite a bit of controversy. Some people are calling the movie "racist", others are saying it causes "lingering depression", while still others are saying it's "anti-military". It has been touted as a "mass psychic freak out." The Vatican has even spoken out against it. It is also being compared to 'Titanic' and there is talk of Oscar nominations.
In light of all of the controversy I am especially glad I was able to see it for myself. To me, at least, the controversy seems a bit excessive and extreme.
I thought Avatar was a great movie, as movies go, and I'm giving it a thumbs up.
What about you? Have you seen the movie?
I would love to hear your thoughts about it.
With warmest regards, Carol