Director James Camaron spent 250 million dollars and 10 years of his life to write, produce, and direct one of the most entertaining films of the year titled, Avatar. When his twin brother is killed, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) a marine paralyzed from the waist down, is asked to take his place in the Avatar program and go to the planet Pandora. Just to give everyone a heads-up, an Avatar is a biological body that looks like the Na’vi on Pandora and is run by the brain of a human. The leader of the scientists on Pandora is Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) and she explains to Jake how everything communicates through the roots of trees and the spores of plants. When Jake arrives on the planet’s surface with his Avatar body his life is saved by a 12 foot, blue skinned, golden-eyed Na’vi named Naytiri (Zoe Saldana). When Jake goes back to the spaceship, Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) the head of the military department tells Jake that his job is to move the Na’vi from the village or they will be forcibly removed. When Jake goes back to the Na’vi village he is introduced to flying dragons, six legged horses with anteater snouts, 40 ton rhinoceros with the head of –well since I couldn’t see any of it and it was interpreted by my wife you get the picture. When the time is up for the Na’vi to leave they are attacked by the Colonel and Jake has to decide if he is going to help the humans or the aliens he fell in love with. This is a typical story about the strong pushing the weak out of their homeland. (Yes, the scenario has been done hundreds of times.) The highlight of this film is that James Cameron delivers on the expectations and hype and we will see something totally new. When I say we will see something new, I mean everybody but me. My wife said she has never seen anything like it and the 3D (did I say it was in 3D?) didn’t distract from the story. The pacing was perfect with some action, drama, romance and then the big action scene at the end. Because James Cameron did take enough time to develop the characters the audience does actually care about the people and animals in the big battle scene. (Okay, I didn’t care about the floating Jellyfish but there is always an exception.) This film is 40 percent real life and 60 percent computer graphics and 100 percent entertainment and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.