Avatar on Blu-Ray 3D, about time. It is argued that the digital 3D used on a
lot of films these days is a gimmick, and does nothing to enhance the
experience. Not so with Avatar, every frame of 3D creates depth and a tangible
sensation of dramatic reality. Visually, James Cameron has arguably achieved
perfection with Avatar, this film was beautiful to watch on 35mm film, so 3D
Blu-Ray is a visual experience beyond words. It's just great to watch (as other
reviews have said.
Having said that, a lot of the hype around this film seems (to me) to be
unjustified. Yes it may be breath-taking, but thats we're the brilliance ends.
The plot is dreadfully predictable, and frankly, a little annoying after you've
seen this film more than 2 times. It's pretty much a sci-fi rip-off of the
classic “man is meant to be fighting natives. Falls in love with a native.
Ends up fighting with the natives” (Pochahontas, anyone-). Plus, some of the
dialogue is absolutely cringe-worthey. Primarily owing to this, this film can
really begin to drag if you're not a die-hard fan. The important plot-advancing
sequences are few and far between, and when I think on what actually happens in
this film, I don't think I can justify it's length. In comparison, the
263-minute extended edition of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King kept me
glued to the screen the whole time. Think about that. However, the camera work
is fantastic, the characters have a fantastic depth and development (maybe all
that extra time was good for something), and the action sequences are really
quite exciting. Overall, this is a genuinely entertaining film, that suffers
from a few quite intrusive (in my mind) plot and length issues. Having said
that, if you're thinking of buying this, you probably don't share my opinion on
that. But, everything else in this film is fantastic, especially the visuals.
Despite what I have said about Avatar,it is a film I enjoy watching,
especially now I own it in 3D. Almost a perfect 5, but I'm going to have to
give this a 4 (probably only 3 or 3.5 if you're foolish enough to get in 2D,
or – god forbid- standard definition DVD shudder). Enjoy.