Movie Review: Avatar

Posted on January 7, 2010 by


Nneka Robinson- Staff writer

With mythical, neon colored creatures, Avatar brings exciting effects but a boring storyline to theaters. The movie of humans invading a planet called Pandora is a mishmash of almost every science fiction and fantasy theme committed to paper, yet at the same time, it is a stunning visual masterpiece.

Avatar suffers from a storyline with no emotional connection. The storyline was too much like “Dances with Wolves” also mixed with “Titanic”, “Pocahontas”, and “Romeo and Juliet”, leaving viewers with the feeling that they knew what was going to happen next. Viewers may also have to keep questioning themselves asking, “Have I seen this before?” The movie takes itself too seriously. There are no cute or funny moments. It tends to feel like a military action movie.

Still, there is one thing that stands out in the movie. The great and amazing special effects, the ten foot creatures that Sulley had to encounter, are unlike anything seen before. The bright colors and effect are what made the movie amazing. The viewer experiences a whole new world in just two hours. Earth has trees and mountains and plants, but you have never seen trees, mountains, or plants like they appear in this movie on the planet of Pandora.

This movie is not just a movie, it is an experience not to be missed. Although it lacks a storyline, the special effects make up for the loss. Avatar reaffirms James Cameron’s singular gift for imaginative and absorbing filmmaking.

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