Avatar - Thoughts?

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    Dec 18, 2009 10:37 AM GMT
    I just saw Avatar at a midnight showing with some friends. I didn't expect it to live up to all of the hype... You gotta admit, audiences are hard to impress these days...

    But it totally did for me.

    All I can say is, WOW. Not one person left the theater to even pee during the 3 hour movie. It was very well directed, every scene was captivating and flawless, all around amazing.

    I remember hearing some friends saying "It's like the next STAR WARS" as far as the groundbreaking CG tech was concerned. I sorta agree, in more ways than one

    What were your thoughts?
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    Dec 18, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    Damn, now I really want to see it. I've only heard a few bad reviews. Most of them from conservatives who foam at the mouth about the movie's pro-environment/anti-big business leanings.
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    Dec 18, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    I'm considering seeing it, but all the praise I've heard it get regards its special effects, which wouldn't alone do it for me. The movie would have to partner those effects with a good plot, and nobody seems to commend the plot at all. icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 18, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidI'm considering seeing it, but all the praise I've heard it get regards its special effects, which wouldn't alone do it for me. The movie would have to partner those effects with a good plot, and nobody seems to commend the plot at all. icon_confused.gif


    I've heard the plot is rather juvenile and simplistic. I guess I won't know until I see it. Then again, if you actually deconstruct any of the original Star Wars films, a retarded chimp could have written the basic plot outline and most of the dialogue. That never stopped me from enjoying them. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 18, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    the only reason i wanna see it is to see the first traier for pirhannas in 3D!

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    Dec 18, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidI'm considering seeing it, but all the praise I've heard it get regards its special effects, which wouldn't alone do it for me. The movie would have to partner those effects with a good plot, and nobody seems to commend the plot at all. icon_confused.gif

    Most people focused on the CGI because it is outstanding, however, if you look beyond it there is a plot there and a pretty good one at that, however being a movie it's not filled with the caricature building qualities of a good book, but it's there and enjoyable, you wont walk out of the movie with a profound realisation but you'll probably enjoy the plot and what it's trying to say.
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    Dec 18, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidI'm considering seeing it, but all the praise I've heard it get regards its special effects, which wouldn't alone do it for me. The movie would have to partner those effects with a good plot, and nobody seems to commend the plot at all. icon_confused.gif



    "Every scene was captivating and flawless"
    -ThePenIsMyTier, 2009

    Meant to be taken as "without flaws", not just visually. The acting was great (Aside from Michelle Rodriguez' unnecessary and cliche roll), The directing was awesome... You gotta realize, when a movie is completely encompassed by special effects, that means that every aspect of it HAS to relate back to them... but the "sets" were breathtaking... It's not the type of movie you see only for special effects like you're used to (IE, Michael Bay Presents: Meghan Fox and Explosions, Parts I and II)... I would more consider this a new style of film making in a way. It's worth seeing.

    The plot could be considered juvenile... But juvenile is in the eye of the beholder... It's not gonna go out of it's way to make you feel smart, which is what audiences eat up. We love to have our brainers (brain boners) stroked a bit by dramatic and complex plot devices. We just have to appear intellectual when talking about our latest flick! God forbid my Harvard boyfriend find an action movie stub in my pant pocket!! Leave your ego at the door and enjoy a great movie! icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 19, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    I thought it was a brilliant and very original (visually, that is). Great story too, had me going at some parts. Also, the trailer, contrary to what most people think, reveals very little about the plot.
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    Dec 19, 2009 5:07 AM GMT
    I just got back from watching it on IMAX... and it is hands-down one of the best movies I have ever seen. I want to go see it again tomorrow, it just blew me away. Yes, the CGI is amazing, but the plot and storyline are also amazing. You guys owe it to yourselves to see this movie!
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    Dec 19, 2009 5:15 AM GMT
    Wow, I wasn't all that interested in seeing it...just looks like another sci-fi flick with great FXs, but if "The Pen" says it's good...I'm gonna have to get to the theater. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 19, 2009 5:16 AM GMT
    sucks
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    Dec 19, 2009 5:16 AM GMT
    someone said that it was $16.75 to see it here in NYC. it better not be or i will have to wait for a bootleg copy
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    Dec 19, 2009 5:24 AM GMT
    I can't wait to see it!

    At the end of the day, I go to the movies to be entertained. If it's visually mind-boggling, and a decent plot, I'm in!
  • LifeByTheHorn

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    Dec 19, 2009 5:32 AM GMT
    I follow great independent movies in film festivals & rent them. Also if I want to take my mind off of things & be dragged to other realms, I watch sci-fi films with dazzling effects with some decent scenarios. Just for that I can't wait to go to Imax for this one!!
  • Timbales

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    Dec 21, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
    I just watched it in 3-D this afternoon, I really liked it. There were a few times the digital characters didn't look quite real, mostly when they were in regular sunlight, but for the most part I forgot I was watching digital animation.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Dec 29, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    OK, I saw it today.

    Just like PenIs, I expected crap. Instead, I walked out thinking "That's just about the best film I've ever seen."

    Color me dumbfounded. If you miss this, you're a douchebag. I paid only ten bucks to see it, and I will probably go see it again this week, and I'd gladly pay twenty.

    This was not just a simple action movie with pretty CGI. It is a cinematic masterpiece. This film is a seamless brainstorm of absolute beauty. The imagination is a place where we should all spend a little more time. I, for one, didn't want the piece to end. I laughed, I cried, and I thought very deeply about my existence.

    On the way out, a fat slob of a man threw his 3D glasses into the trash can with his empty popcorn box. The trash can was right next to the return bin for the glasses (so that they may be reused). The girl next to me saw him toss the glasses and promptly dug into the trash can to retrieve them and recycle them. We exchanged a quick smirk and a roll of the eyes and I said "Thanks."

  • sfnicolas

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    Dec 29, 2009 4:15 AM GMT
    loved it, saw it a 2nd time in Real 3D (liked it better than IMAX--too big a screen to see everything)

    will go a 3rd time soon...
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    Dec 29, 2009 5:58 AM GMT
    I thought it was AMAZING! Is it wrong to fantasize about being boned by a Nabi?
  • OMGitsRoy

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:05 AM GMT
    I also luved it ;) the visuals were beyond beautiful and the story was great ;)

  • 8Always_Hard8

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:07 AM GMT
    i loved it in 3D... and it did help that i wanted on the main character icon_biggrin.gif
  • Crucializer

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:14 AM GMT
    XBoyX saidI thought it was AMAZING! Is it wrong to fantasize about being boned by a Nabi?


    HAHAHAHAHA!!! No . . . . . icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:33 AM GMT
    saw it twice. i want to quit my day job and be an avatar
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:44 AM GMT
    Fantastic movie! Loved it. Yes the movie had its flaws (like any movie), but they were small in comparison to the positive aspects. If you go into it with an open mind (and see it in 3D IMAX, worth every penny), you'll have a blast, be amazed, and yes, even moved. Not only were the visual effects incredible but the imagination & heart of the film drew me in and made me forget that I was watching special effects! At the end, I was rooting for the aliens, who aren't even real!

    The last movies I remember seeing that made me feel like this were the original Star Wars movies..a looong time ago. icon_smile.gif GO SEE IT!!
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    Dec 29, 2009 7:16 AM GMT
    I personally thought the movie was amazing.

    The visuals were stunning, as most have said. And while I admit the plot is kind of taken from somewhere (John Smith and Pocahontas?); even so, it was done superbly well--and it is original enough to keep you mesmerized. I really felt the emotion...

    If you watch it with an open mind, you'll most likely be impressed. The biggest let down for me is that it is all imagined!!

    icon_smile.gif Not everyone will agree, of course. And I suppose I can see where they are coming from. Sort of. Maybe. (Okay, not really, but hey, I tried!)
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    Dec 30, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    I just watched it yesterday, at the late showing, to a sold out audience. I watched on the IMAX in 3D. One word: WOW!