Ok......just got back from watching this. I score it an OK. The visual effects where stunning, not that I'm entirely basing my opinion on that, but I did like the general story. Some of the characters where just bland, no soul, yea..........So what though, it wasn't as bad as Beowulf...................despite the stunning CGI....that movie was so much crap, i regret spending $9 dollars to see it. It destroyed the book!
This movie generally gave me the hype that Transformers 1 did, I thought it was so great, best movie EVER, though later I had to contemplate how bad some of these scenes and story was. I don't like Transformers 1 soo much anymore.
AVATAR reminds me a little of one of my favorite movies "Princess Mononoke," in fact right now this movie is very similar to it in a way. Having something such as humans vs. nature, and the humans merely wanting to dig up a resource from a forest for personal gain. Heh, come to think of it, the main character, the one who comes to the aide of the "nature lover side" falls in love with the so called princess of their kind in both of these movies. Hrmmmm. To set it straight though, these movies make some good connections, but Miyazaki's characters are a lot more developed and his storytelling is just awesome.
(Princess Mononoke = Best Hayao Miyazaki movie ever made)
A little correction for the earlier posts in this thread:
-Yes he had a flashback to the cremation of his brother, and these so called people wanted to sign him up because he would be able to operate one of their already made "Avatars". So he decided to take their offer in pursuit of a new life and went to pandora. A lot of movies use flashbacks.
This movie confuses me in a small technical aspect; how exactly did they connect the user to the avatar? Besides DNA, i mean seriously? Radio waves? They didn't seem to have any communication arrays on that small moveable cabin they had to study out in the field with. What is the range on their devices, considering it doesn't really cast the user outside of his body!? Was there a matrix of chips in the Avatar's bodies? How did the body operate to sustain living tissue when the user was not interfacing? Matrix at least makes sense in the aspect of tech behind a movie; they had to broadcast where a signal was reachable, and there avatars where in a virtual world tied to a unending network of computers.
Wall E, had to be one of my favorite movies to come out of the minds of Pixar, despite disney tightening their grip around them.
UP, was also good, the movie just makes me sad.