I read somewhere that Avatar was ‘sat on’ for close to ten years. The technology to produce it way back when would have been too costly. This means, James Cameron could have used the time and developed the movie extensively. He clearly chose not to. I imagine him running to CGI experts every six to twelve months and saying, “Are we there yet?” After each rejection he sulked away like The Max does when I tell him he may not have ice cream for breakfast.
The public was presented with this epic sci-fi film which seemingly everyone is going to love love love! The effects in the movie are going to blow us away! Actually, they did. I am not a huge fan of fancy computer graphic movies. I like my cartoons to look like cartoons and real life to look like real life.
I think they finally sold me on CGI on this film, and that’s the only thing they did. Except for the tree…the rope light glowing tree. I wasn’t much a fan of that. However, I loved the tree the Na’vi lived in, and I would like to live there too. The blending of CGI and real life shots was the best I have seen. Certainly we have come a long way since Roger Rabbit.
Now I am going to tell you why I think it sucked:
The characters and the dialog were so dry that I felt like I was watching a visually stunning episode of a Saturday morning cartoon. I saw the scary money hungry evil white men who wanted to murder the perfectly peaceful blue Smurf/human types for, of course, financial gain. The Jake Sully character was so easy he would have converted to their way of life even if they sat in poo all day while singing the Macarena. I’d go on dissecting the characters, but I am annoyed by them.
The plot was dumb. It required a completely gullible viewer to be enjoyed. If this was the first movie you had ever seen in your life, you would have loved it. But, the story was a mish mash of Pocahontas and Dances With Wolves with a futuristic spin. Good overcame evil in the most uncreative possible way.
So, why is this the BEST of something? Cause I am still glad I saw it. It sure was purty.