Avatar 3-D

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The first picture from James Cameron since Titanic, Avatar, hit our cinema screens this week with rapturous applause from critics and audiences alike. I went to see it today with my aunt and brother in the middle of a manic shopping session in a beautiful Christmassy York, knowing that we were in for a treat if friends' recommendations were anything to go by.

I had heard a review on the radio a few days previously and was genuinely excited about Cameron's latest offering; the film had taken ten years to make and the director had invented a whole new language for the purpose of making it more authentic. We were certainly not disappointed. The graphics are stunning, and made even better by the 3-D effects; Cameron has created a cinematic masterpiece in the new planet 'Pandora' which glisten in a mysterious magical way and ooze a beautifully natural charm.

As with Titanic, the characters are delightfully believable and the audience warms to them immediately, with a tender love story at the centre of the narrative. The fact that the majority of the cast were previously unseen actors is refreshing, and Sigourney Weaver's roll as aging scientist becomes more likable as the film goes on.

The soundtrack is equally stunning, with the immaculate score from James Horner which guides the viewer's emotions in all the right places, creating subtle nuances between the onscreen action and suggesting certain plot twists at particular narrative arcs.

There is however, a deeper meaning. The relationship between The People and their god is intriguing, and mirrors a lot of the ways in which the relationship between man and God plays out on earth. The way The People all sit and praise Eywa and try to connect with her is similar to corporate worship by men all over the world today, who yearn for some form of intimacy with their maker. I think it indicates that people need a higher power to connect to, and need a purpose for their lives in order to create a balance and a peace.

This is all just my opinion however, and I urge you to see the film yourself, if you have not already done so. And prove your superfanhood by learning the language...

Movie Trivia Here.


Fayesie 24 December 2009 at 00:19  

I thought I commented...this is bizarre. Anyway, what I thought I said: I wan't planning on seeing it but after reading your blog, I think I must now. Have a lovely Christmas xxx

Media_Savvy 24 December 2009 at 11:09  

Awesome! Thanks Faye, and Happy Christmas :) x

Dave Harvey 30 December 2009 at 19:41  

Keep blogging, it is good material, and your banner photo is very nice too! Hope all is well with studies, radio, and life in general.

Dave :)

Media_Savvy 31 December 2009 at 09:26  

Thank you Dave,

A bit of encouragement never goes amiss :)
Happy New Year! x

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