I interrupt my scheduled hiatus from WordPress to bring you: AVATAR
“When people have an experience that’s very powerful in the movie theatre, they want to go share it. They want to grab their friend and bring them, so that they can enjoy it. They want to be the person to bring them the news that this is something worth having in their life.” -James Cameron
With that said.. THIS IS SOMETHING WORTH HAVING IN YOUR LIFE. For serious. I came out of the theater in complete awe and fascination and knowing that I had witnessed something historic in cinema. More than 10 years in the making, this was basically Cameron’s passion project and every detail of every scene was clearly placed with painstaking precision and artistry.
Yes, the screenplay sucked and contained some shockingly cringe-worthy dialogue, the anti-war and pro-environmentalism themes were immediately evident, and the plot could just be construed as an “alien Pocahantas” story (as one of my friends matter-of-factly stated), but that’s obviously not where the power of the film lies. If going to the movies is supposed to be an escape from reality and the dullness of daily life, there really isn’t any place more lush and vibrant and spectacular where you would want to run away from your earthly existence than Pandora. And even though it boggles my mind to think that even this technology will be antiquated in a few decades or so, right now, it’s the best that we’ve got and I STRONGLY URGE every arts-appreciating citizen to go and experience the magic. (Or visit Disney World – whichever’s easier.)
Plus, Neytiri has a sick bod! Very lean and feline. If I took away anything in those 2 hours and 30 minutes, it’s that adoption of the Na’vi workout plan into my less-than-stellar physical regimen must begin immediately.
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Oh yeah, and entries from abroad and half-hearted New Year’s resolutions will be coming soon to a blog near you (this one). Stay tuned.