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on Dec 23, 2009 at 7:51:15 pm
Kathlyn and I *loved* Avatar on the Real-D 3D screen here at the Park Cinema in Paso Robles.
Kathlyn said it best in her comment as we left the theater: I want to live in that world.
It is the most visually stunning fantasy epic I have ever seen. It is almost overwhelming to see everything that is happening in this movie.
And the thing that was quite remarkable about it, is that the filmmakers worked very hard to not go over the top in the 3D immersive visuals. They are, for the most part (with a few forgivable momentary failures), the way that 3D would be in our normal visual range. There are very few "jump out and grab you" elements, and the few there are, are elements which would play that way in real life because they are supposed to.
The 3D is far more subtle than the heavy-handed approach used in 3D movies up to this point.
I loved the story and thought that it was a well executed morality tale about the destruction of indigenous cultures -- and doesn't just beat Americans for the atrocities, but is pretty even handed and weaves in elements of cultures from around the world. This is a human atrocity, not an Americans-only event. There are elements from African cutures, the Aborgines of Australia, Mezzo-American, as well as North American. There are even a few nods to long-gone cultures like Druids and Picts.
I thought it was very well done and was quite visually convincing.
I heard no one speak as we left the theater who said anything bad. Everyone was pretty much in agreement that the
will likely crucify James Cameron, but the public will fill his wallet -- yet again.
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