I’ve seen Avatar 4 times. Every time was in 3D. It’s not that I don’t like limiting myself to two dimensions, it’s just every time I saw it it was with people who wanted to see it in 3D. I didn’t even particularly want to go every time. Thats about 10 hours of James Cameron… It’s a lot of time to think about the wonders of the movie, and the flaws.
First, the world of Pandora is remarkable. They put a good bit of time and effort to make the setting really stand out. The new Star Wars movies wish they could have made a setting so rich and tastefully glowing. Also the Navi, blue Thundercats, are very cool. It’s cultural mixing of the Kalahari Bushmen and certain American Indian influences tickle the anthropology lover in me, then mix in the badass warriors who ride motherfucking dragons, and we have a fictional race I can get behind (it is now time to forget the Gungans entirely).
Okay, lets move on to a weird coincidence/ripoff that occurs in the movie. The humans are mining “Unobtainium” which is a metal which fetches a ridiculous price back on Earth, and so we must have it. Strangely enough, in The Core the scientist who is making the craft needed to “jumpstart the planet” created an alloy that he nicknamed Unobtainium. If you haven’t seen The Core and feel like a hilarious take on science, space shuttle flying, computer hacking, and nuclear weapons, see it.
The last thing I think i’ll cover is the damn song at the end of the movie. It catches me off guard whenever I hear it. Cameron certainly has his formula cranking right down to having a potential pop single attached to his movie, it was “My Heart Will Go On” before it was “I See You.” Nevermind the rest of the formula…
I end with the Cameron Formula to getting #1 Box office records:
Guy in unfamiliar setting > Guy meets Girl used to setting > Guy and Girl get friendly > They fall in love > People disapprove > Something catastrophic happens to the setting