Monday, December 28, 2009

My First & Maybe Only Movie Review

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!


BBC said...

Imax is cool, but I wouldn't spend 15 bucks to watch any movie.

BBC said...

A fool and his money are soon parted, ha ha ha ha

Laura said...

I liked this movie a lot.
Funny though.. I was thinking just the other day..I wonder if I was to see it again if I would like it as much?
Someone on my movie review blog pointed out that the characters and story line were thin and until he did I hadn't much thought about it. But he and you are right.

Don't get me wrong. I still REALLY loved this movie.
Like you, I'm not much for James Cameron. Really not one of my favouites. :)

Great review! You should do them more often. You could just do them on movies that you rent even. You're good at it!


Demeur said...

This just may be the new flag pole sitting or barrel jumping of the current depression. I've heard other reviews and it doesn't look good. Special effects alone do not a good movie make. Think I'll pass.

Randal Graves said...

I'm with you on the story vs. pretty pictures, but c'mon, Aliens still kicks ass. Ripley owns your soul.

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