Sunday, January 1, 2012

Movie Review “Avatar”

Sam Worthington as Jake Sully
Sigourney Weaver as Grace
Zoe Saldana as Neytiri
Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles
QuaritchMichelle Rodriguez as Trudy Chacon

Short Story Summary: paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (This summary comes from IMDB.)(Some Spoilers may show up in this review, sorry for this inconvenience.)

Story :( 6/10) The story of Avatar can be summed up with one word, clichéd. It the same old story that you have seen a thousand times before” A group of more advanced people go and try to take natives land form them, but lone man from group has change of heart and helps the helpless natives.” Sounds familiar doesn’t it? I am not saying that this story style can’t work, I am just saying that it has been done to death.

Characters/Cast :( 7/10) The characters in the film are okay, but like the story, they can come across as clichéd. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is okay as the protagonist of the film, but he doesn’t really have as much depth as he could have had. I will explain: Near the beginning of the film, Sully is asked by Colonel Quaritch to spy on the "Na'vi", so that he will be able to wipe them out if it comes to that. Although this could have been an interesting part of the plot, I feel that it was played down and didn’t reach its full potential. Sully pretty much changes his mind right from the start and there isn’t really any internal conflict like there could have been. The other characters suffer from this same problem. Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) is such a stereotypical bad guy type, that he comes off comical, instead of menacing, Grace (Sigourney Weaver) is the usual hard nose, but fair mentor type, Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) is the usual love interest, and Trudy Chacon( Michelle Rodriguez) is the usual tough-as-nails chick who kills things(the same character that Miss Rodriguez always plays, but she is still my favorite character in the movie). You can see that the cast are trying and they do an okay job, but again, the characters are way too clichéd.

Fights: (9/10) There is not many fights to speak of, but the final battle between the humans and the Na’vi is epic. This battle is one of the best parts of the film, next to the graphics (but more on that later).Not much more I can say about it but that it was well worth the hour and something to two hours I had to wait to see it.

Music:(7/10) James Horner does a decent job with the music. I don’t think it is anything ground-breaking, but it sounds alright and sets the mood of the film. Nothing great, but not bad either.

Graphics/Sets: (10/10) This the highlight of the film and is what people will remember after seeing “Avatar”. The world of Pandora is amazing and is breath taking to see. I will warn that people that hate CG (computer Graphics) will most likely not like the graphics and should not even be watching “Avatar “in the first place. If CG does not bother you though, you will be treated to a wonder of computer technology.

Conclusion: An entertaining, if clichéd, movie that is worth a viewing. It is not for everyone, but I recommend giving it a try.

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