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Avatar

Avatar ~ Movie fans have waited a long time for a new film from writer/director James Cameron, and I’m sure many haven’t been disappointed with his newest reputedly $280 million offering Avatar.

This is a good movie, a really good movie, but I think the hype may have killed it for me. I had friends rave when they initially saw the trailer. I read much about the money spent and the effects process involved. I was impressed, yes, but I’m unsure if the product really lives up to the hype. Based on box office (phenomenal, but surely not as phenomenal as the producers might have expected, or wanted), I have to wonder if I’m alone.

The plot has Cameron taking a pseudo-political stance, and its preachy bits are one of the places where he loses me. The human race in 2154 is strip-mining the planet Pandora where the indigenous population is psychically linked to every living thing on their world. A paraplegic takes on the role of one of the genetically created inhabitants to live among them and learn more about them – and eventually leads them against the human oppressors. I’m not giving much away, as predictability is one thing Avatar excels in. That’s not bad though, there’s a lot that makes up for it.

Other nitpicks would be that the deus ex machina at the end is a literal deus ex machina, which is a bit of a letdown. I like to see characters triumph against impossible odds on their own – after all, that’s what makes them heroes. And the prayer scenes almost made me break out in laughter as I was reminded of old kaiju eiga – the way they were chanting I kept waiting for Mothra to show up.

It’s not all bad though, by no means at all really. Visually, Avatar is stunning. The special effects of having actors shine through their CGI forms is mind-boggling. Truly alien constructs display and react as the real actors would and look like their puppet masters flawlessly while maintaining their fantasy forms. The backgrounds like the floating islands are staggering. I wouldn’t recommend not seeing this film in IMAX or 3D – it must be seen in full effect.

This is an outstanding film, a definite must-see for the eye candy alone, but the battle sequences go on much too long and my eyes really started rolling when the it got preachy. It’s no Terminator or Aliens or even Titanic. I’m glad I saw it, but in hindsight, I wish I’d seen Sherlock Holmes Christmas night instead, or maybe even The Squeakquel.

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Be Kind Rewind


Be Kind Rewind ~ After playing in the big leagues for a few films each, Jack Black and Mos Def return to their quirky independent roots, in spirit at least. While it is difficult to discern at first whether our two protagonists are just ridiculously stupid or possibly special needs, I learned to love them slowly as the film goes on. When Black gets magnetized in a bad special effects scene, he accidentally erases all the tapes in Def’s video store. So, the boys set out to re-film all the movies, and therein lies the charm of this flick. Watching these two, along with the beautiful Melonie Diaz, do their versions of Ghostbusters, 2001 and Rush Hour 2 among others, is the best part of this movie. And as an added bonus, if you click here you can see their remakes alone. Check it out. These bits more than make up for the Disney-esque ending/non-ending. Sigourney Weaver makes an appearance as one of the corporate baddies who try to shut the boys down. I may have to watch this film again because while she was onscreen I was completely distracted by what appears to be a face-lift lawsuit waiting to happen. Wow. Joan Rivers should be sighing in relief. And it’s good to see Danny Glover back on the screen. See this flick.