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|The movie is 161 minutes and flies by in a rush. Repeat business? You bet. "Titanic"-level business? That level may never be reached again, but Fox will see more than enough grosses worldwide to cover its bet on Cameron. |
But let's cut to the chase: A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of "Avatar." Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in "Avatar" serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story... [ read more ]
At Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has a current rating of 83% (Fresh)
RT also posted the following commentaries:
|Avatar is one of the most hotly anticipated films in years, for a number of reasons: it marks James Cameron's return to fiction filmmaking after a long layoff; its motion capture techniques were the subject of intense pre-release press; and it's the most expensive movie ever made. And now, the verdict is in: critics say Avatar is indeed a visionary picture, a movie of such sensorial power and majesty that you won't mind too much that the plotting and characters aren't quite as state-of-the-art. Sam Worthington stars as an ex-Marine who has replaced his twin brother as an Avatar driver in the alien world of Pandora; he soon finds his loyalties divided between the military and the Na'vi, the indigenous species on this strange planet. The pundits are wowed by Cameron's phantasmagorical visuals, which many agree mark a giant leap forward in the realm of special effects, and for that reason alone, you should probably see the Certified Fresh Avatar. [ read more ]|
Over in England, the Telegraph has this to say:
|It's not perfect. The film is about 20 minutes too long. It is cheesy in places. There are moments which prompt unintentional laughs, not least the dodgy dialogue spouted by gung-ho Army colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), reminiscent of the hammiest scenes from Top Gun. "If there is a hell, you might want to go there for some r&r," he growls at one point. The Na'vi indulge in some singing and swaying that wouldn't look out of place in a Celine Dion video, and there was some sniggering at the back at the imaginative methods with which Cameron has managed to protect the Na'vi ladies' modesty (endlessly inventive ways with hair braids and necklaces, since you ask). |
But these are minor quibbles. We are sucked into this world of fantastical creatures, floating mountains and heart-stopping action. In 2-D it still has much to offer, but try to catch it in 3-D if you possibly can.
For true cinematic spectacle, Avatar is out of this world. [ read more ]
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