Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 1, 2010

Avatar (2009)
True to all the hype, the visuals in this movie are amazing. The story is only so/so, but that's also to be expected. I doubt there were many people who went to see this for the writing, since - let's face it - it's really a fantasy version of Fern Gully with more explosions. It's no surprise that the movie looks as great as it does, since the visual effects were done by Industrial Light and Magic and the dream team behind Lord of the Rings, WETA Workshops and Richard Taylor. Zoe Saldana's performance was the standout, especially since it was all motion-captured. Also, now that I know that Joel David Moore is actually in this movie, his role in the episode of Bones centered around this movie's premiere is much funnier. The musical score jumped out at me, but only because half-way through, I realized that it's really similar to Titanic. Plus the banshee cries are nearly identical to the velociraptor roars in Jurassic Park. May not be the most original film of the year, but it's certainly one of the best-looking.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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