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Avatar - my new favourite film!
Member Name: CathFrances147
Date: 23/08/12, updated on 22/01/13 (21 review reads)
Disadvantages: None, to my mind.
I was a late comer to Avatar, waiting until it came onto channel 4 to watch it although I already had a hunch it would definitely be my sort of thing. I was not wrong. Despite channels four's showing being about 5 hours long (adverts) I hardly looked away from the screen in all that time.
Set in the future, an ex-marine named Jake travels with a team of scientists to a planet called Pandora. Jake, who is a paraplegic is given the opportunity to walk again in the body of an Avatar - a blue body created from a mix of human DNA and the DNA of Pandora's indigenous people, the Na'vi. Jake is given the task of infiltrating a Na'vi tribe and peacefully convincing them to move from their home so the humans can mine a mineral that is found there. He is promised that if he succeeds in this, he will be able to get his legs fixed, but things start to get confusing for him when he realise he feels more at home with the Na'vi than he does with his fellow humans,and that his bosses motives in being here might not be as clear cut as they seem.
The main thing people always seem to rave about when talking about Avatar is the graphics and I can see why. Although I have only seen it in 2d the effects are beautiful and it's obvious that in 3d Pandora really would come to life. Pandora is constantly aglow with vivid colours and teeming in unusual and beautiful wildlife. The Na'vi themselves are just as beautiful and intriguing to watch and I am keen to see it in 3d as I think it is supposed to be a big part of the experience and that I would be suitably blown away. That said, I didn't MISS the 3d, I enjoyed it very much as it was.
For me, the classic story of good vs evil and man vs nature is one that cant be told often enough (at least until we start paying attention) and it was done so beautifully I bought the DVD immediately after watching the film the first time. I even made my very sceptical mum watch it and although she wasn't QUITE as taken with it as I was she was very surprised at how much she really did enjoy it. I'm still working on my sceptical dad.. Philistines..
I laughed, I cried. It's fantastic. It's not often a film grabs me so completely and so immediately as this one and the final scenes had me holding my breath until the very last moment.
In some ways perhaps it could be classed as a bit of a boys film, but anyone who likes adventure/fantasy type films like I do will (should!) love it. And there is a bit of romance thrown in ;)
Summary: My new favourite film!