Lost on Pandora
Dances with Wolves in space, James Cameron even admitted that in his interviews.Â And Avatar was exactly that.
And I love every moment of it.
Sure. The story is predictable.Â And a little sappy.Â And had been told many times before.
But it was told with a completely different visual representation.Â A seamless integration of digital animation and live action.Â For the first time, the CG characters don’t look like they were fresh out of a botox clinic.Â Their big yellow eyes say something.Â Their blue faces had nuances that the entire train full of Polar Express or (from what I saw in the trailer) A Christmas Carol didn’t have.
I mean, I *love* Sam Worthington going in.Â But who knew I would also fall for his big blue avatar too!Â I mean, the Na’Vi were ALIVE.Â It’s so totally awesome!
Some critics have issues with the movie’s mix of live action and computer animation.Â They said it felt like they were watching someone else playing video game for 2 hours.
Maybe because I am also used to the game graphics, and many of us are, we didn’t have the problem with the blending of digital and live action.
Also, surely, those critics do not play video games.Â I mean, seriously, gamers (and game spectators like myself) wish our video games look as good the as Avatar all the way through,Â not only just during the cut scenes.
Can you imagine how great Mass Effect, Halo, or even Final Fantasy would have been with Avatar level of facial movements and overall animation?Â But I digress.
Most importantly, Avatar is one of the movies in a very long time that I got lost in. I was willing to overlook all sorts of discrepancies and cheesiness so I can stay on that planet with them.Â Get lost in the adventure.Â Fall in love along side Jake and Neytiri.Â And root for the home team.
Okay, fine.Â I did crack up when Neytiri told Jake that “You have a strong heart”.Â But I guess nobody else got the Terminator accidental reference.
But the rest was pure escape. I would see this over and over again, the way I do with Dances with Wolves.
For almost 3 hours, I was running around Pandora.Â And I don’t care about anything else.
I did get my $10 worth.Â That is a LOT to say about movies these days.
Is it Oscar Best Picture worthy?Â Nah, I don’t think so. But did it steal my heart?Â Yes, it did.
Will Avatar make a pop culture impact like Titanic or Star Wars?Â I don’t know.Â The “I see you” thing is going to make it, I’m sure of that.Â But the rest, I don’t know.Â Will people take up learning Na’Vi (which, by the way, according to Professor Paul Frommer, a USC professor (Go! Trojans!) is being developed further)?Â I definitely see blue, scantily clad bodies showing up at Comic Con though.
Finally, don’t get me started on a waste of Leona Lewis’ voice on that theme song.Â My heart cannot go on with that gimmick.Â Sorry.
Oh, and final note here for Sam Worthington.
Please show some teeth when you smile at movie premieres.Â You smile a plenty in the movie and light up the screen with your cute dimples and lovely teeth.
But all the pictures I managed to find from your premieres, you only grinned…and smirked.Â I don’t know if you were going for the Russell Crowe tough guy look, or you were trying to keep that piece of gum you were chewing in check.Â But I must say that just doesn’t work for you quite as well.Â Trust me, we are not going to complain if you break our hearts a little more by flashing us your full smile.Â We’d actually enjoy that.Â Very much.
Please don’t pull a Posh.Â Your mouth is too pretty not smile.
Hope to see you soon on my DreamBoat(tm).
P.S. I watched the LA Times interview of you with gum in your mouth. Sweetie, lose the gum too while you’re at it. Okay?