It is my understanding that it's the 3-D that really sells this movie, but you're right, no money shot. It looks nice, but not light years ahead of humanity. It doesn't look that much ahead of the curve of that nonsense Zemeckis has kept himself occupied with instead of making real movies. And I'm only saying this based on this one trailer, but I can't imagine that this is a movie that would appeal to the masses to justify it's massive budget.
...at San Diego Comic-con. They worshipped Camereon there. Sigorney Weaver, "I'm not a terminator" australian dude, the black girl who plays the blue girl, and the military guy were all on the panel.
Any-who. The 3D effects were good and so were the animations. The facial expression in particular looked very expressive and real. However I got the feeling that if you took dark crystal, dances with wolves, and the smurfs together and mixed it up in a blender, you'd have someting like Avatar. It all seemed kind of already done. I'll definitely go see the movie, but I don't know how mind blowing revolutionary it will be.
I heard that the movie begins when they land and find alien eggs but people become the aliens this time, then a huge battle against aliens takes place and this all happens on a sinking ship.
Sounds like a typical James Cameron movie to me.
Avatar better live up to the hype.... Please live up to the hype, because not many do.
This film can go either way. And in "way" I am referring to the fact the hype could destroy this film (remember Star Wars Episode I?) or this film will literally blow peoples minds. When I bought 'The Matrix' for my sister years ago, I thought it would be shit. I was dead wrong. I would go and see Avatar and judge for myself.
"The hype didn't ruin Episode I, the fact that it was a really, really shitty movie did."
I fell for the hype on Episode I. It nearly kept me from being able to watch II and III. I've so far fallen for the hype on Avatar. Looking forward to seeing it, but I'll wait for the first round of moviegoers to respond first.
You're right 20" (50.8 cm) is nothing. I'm in Ottawa,Ontario and currently we are in the second day of a cold snap. I don't mind the snow, and the mild temperatures (-2 C to -10 C) I can handle, but its the "Death Cold" that I hate (-25 C or below with Windchill factor).
I know the nay sayers have been out in full force for this one but I still wanted to see it. I always go to the hyped up, "tent-pole" movies.
I'm well aware of the "Dances With Smurfs" joke, but I didn't really care because most things borrow from something else, right? Well, I was a little surprised, because this isn't borrowing. It's literally the exact same story. Except that all of the characters are dull as dirt and the dialogue is often eye rollingly bad.
The movie is very pretty to look at and technically the neatest looking cartoon I've seen yet. But I was hoping for some interaction between the real and the fabricated, and there is almost zero. You are either watching live action, or you are watching a cartoon. No in between.
If you just love seeing things in 3D, then by all means, that is the print you need to see. But the 3D adds nothing new here as has been advertised. This movie doesn't do anything different with 3D than Up or A Christmas Carol did. It's just a movie brought to 3D after the fact.
Also, found it boring. Style over substance is okay sometimes, but this flick can't shake the fact that it's just dull. If you aren't watching this in a big theater or IMAX with your 3D specs, it is flat out not wort watching at all. There is zero entertainment value without a helluva lot of technical help to boost it up. By contrast, I could watch something like Terminator 2 on my little 19 inch TV in my kitchen, and still be entertained. Though I wouldn't sit in front of it to see 20 minutes of Avatar.
It's gorgeous. The character designs for the Na'vi are dopey, yes. But Pandora is a completely realized world. It is breathing with life. Every bit of wildlife, from the animals to the forrest itself is incredibly creative, beautiful to look at and superbly animated.
Basically, it is technically leaps and bounds above anything else in that aspect. It looks real. I feel that anyone who watches the movie and takes a "been there, seen that" or "it sucks" type attitude to the technology on display is simply naysaying just to go against the grain.