Adjectives like “eye-catching” or “phenomenal” sound petty when used to describe James Cameron’s hit film Avatar.
Since its release in December, Avatar has mesmerized movie-watchers in both 2D and 3D with its jaw-dropping colors and suspenseful plot.
Four years in the making and $300 million later, Avatar emerged and held down the number one spot for four consecutive weeks. It ranked seventh place on the all-time domestic chart.
The film takes viewers to planet Pandora where humans have come to harvest a rare form of energy to solve Earth’s energy crisis.
Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, is a paralyzed marine called to duty to be a driver.
A driver is a person who’s DNA is combined with the body of the native Na’vi.
His task is to make peace and get the Na’vi people to accept and understand what the humans are doing on their planet. On his second day of the job, Sully gets into trouble and ends up being saved by a beautiful native named Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana.
The two quickly form a bond as she takes him in to her clan. Through her teachings, he learns the ways of the Na’vi people.
Trouble starts when some of the humans find themselves too impatient to wait for Sully to work out a deal with the clan. In the usual battle of good versus evil, sides must be chosen and Jake Sully joins the clan of Pandora causing a battle of epic proportions.
According to imdb.com Avatar is hailed as, “The best of it’s time and absolutely, positively, the movie of the year for both 2009 and 2010”, however, the project has received some negative remarks.
Some moviegoers felt the film portrayed Americans as an uninterested people.
Big Hollywood, an online review blog, called the film “anti-military” and “anti-American.”
Yahoo.com said all James Cameron was trying to do was “make people open their eyes.”
Whatever side you take, this film makes you feel like a kid again. You will see colors you have never seen, animals you did not think could exist, and you will fall in love.
Whether you’re a fan of romance or action movies, Avatar is sure to please everyone.
Moviegoers will walk out the theatre wishing that they could become an avatar for a day.
Cameron knew exactly what he was doing when he created Avatar.
He wrote and directed Titanic which is still the number one grossing movie of all time, right?