“You are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies and gentleman.”
Short Version: “Avatar” is fun film that is certainly worth the over priced tickets.
Plot Synopsis: Jake Sully, a marine who his paralyzed, is recruited into the Avatar Program after his brother is murdered. During this program he is ordered to gain the trust of the Na’vi in order to convince them to move, so a greedy company can mine a rare mineral. But, Sully ultimately becomes one of the natives.
I’ll start with the story, which in my opinion is the weakest part of the film. And, its pretty much just like everyone has been saying, just Dances With Wolves on a different planet. I know Cameron has already said that it was like that, but its almost as if he copy and pasted the story from “Dances With Wolves”. Also, there were many moments in the film that were very predictable. I’m not saying that its bad, because I did like, but its just not something you would expect from James Cameron.
I know there are some who didn’t like the “Humans are evil, and the Aliens are good” plot, but I rather enjoyed it. The best part of the film(other than the mechs) however, would probably be the ending. I just loved that part.
The action however, is just amazing. And, that final battle between the Na’vi and the military has to be THE greatest battle ever on the big screen. I mean, that was the most fun battle in the history on cinema.
The special effects are easily the greatest aspect of the film. Even in 2-D the film looks just breath taking. The mechs are probably my favorite part of the film as well as the unique inhabitants of Pandora. Actually, when looking at the mechs you almost feel that those were the “evolved” form of the mech that Ripley used to fight the Alien Queen in “Aliens”. And, the design of the ships are just cool.
The headquarters also seemed as if they were taken directly out of Aliens, and even the greedy company seems to be like the Weyland-Utani from the Alien franchise. You could almost say that this film is a continuation of “Aliens”(its not, but you understand what I’m getting at, right?).
The acting in the film was great. Seriously, Sam Worthington is really making a name for himself nowadays. I did like how is character evolved from being used by the government, but learns the culture of the Na’vi, and chooses to be one of them. And, the Na’vi themselves were great. I’ll man up and say that I cried when their home was destroyed. I mean, you could really feel the emotion coming from them.
I hated what happened to Weaver’s character. I mean, that’s just wrong you don’t do that to Sigourney Weaver, lol. But, she was great none-the-less. Her character was also one of the coolest parts of the film(any character Weaver plays is cool).
Overall: So, did “Avatar” live up to the hype? Well, yes it did. And, while the plot is pretty much exactly like “Dances With Wolves”, this was a fun film to watch. Hell, I may go back and see it again, which is something I have never done since “Pearl Harbor”. James Cameron shows in this film why is a “Geek God”. He really shows you a great world and puts you right in there. I give “Avatar” a 4.5 out of 5.