Well last night my wife, daughter and I went to see "Avatar". Figuring that the special effects would be better in the 3-D Imax rendition, we traveled an hour to a spanking new Imax theater they pasted on the side of some theater down to the coast. Cost us $15 per ticket.
So what did I think?
First lets get through the Imax thing. I had never seen anything but a couple of museum movies twenty years ago. One at the Smithsonian and one in Philly. Love the Imax. It is definitely cool. Like sex, as far as I am concerned there is no such thing as bad Imax. But like sex, I have not enjoyed all of it there is to enjoy. So let's just say, Imax is very cool in my book.
The 3-D experience? The last time I saw a 3-D movie was back in the 1970s. It was Andy Warhol's "Frankenstein" and I was tripping hard on orange barrels. 3-D in 2009 was a bit of a let down without any chemical enhancement. It was okay, but the sound from the two million jillion speakers was better.
So that leaves the movie. I can think of no Cameron movie I have ever seen that really did much for me. Yeah he is a master of special effects, but I am a story guy first and foremost. The imagery and effects were excellent in this movie. But like his other movies, they are not enough to carry a weak standard SciFi pulp type story. Which when it comes down to it, this was.
Don't get me wrong. I almost always enjoy his movies the first time. As I did this one. I would say go see it in the theater because that is where you will get the most out of it. Imax rocks!