Okay, so I was the last person on Earth to finally watch James Cameron’s latest ultra-hyped up sci-fi, Avatar.
And doesn’t get as clichéd as this — Avatar was indeed a spectacular masterpiece. I walked out of the theaters completely blown away by the painstakingly CGI-ed planet of Pandora down to every lively leaf, twig, blade and feather of that breathtakingly picturesque landscape of a tropical planet.
When I initially saw the trailers, Avatar gave me the impression of yet another CGI-overloaded sci-fi filled with blue alien creatures in war with humans. But boy was I wrong. Avatar’s Pandora wasn’t a world that was created overnight, rather, every insect, creature, plant and Na’vi syllable felt as real as it could fictionally be.
Granted, Avatar’s storyline might not be as original — the younger of us might be reminded of a handful of white-turned-native-leader movies such as Disney’s Pocahontas and even the Tom Cruise-starring The Last Samurai. But Avatar excels at taking such a story to a whole new immersive experience. Which also explains why Avatar absolutely has to be watched in 3D.
Perhaps it was the lackluster CGI (and weak storyline) we’ve conditioned ourselves to in 2012 that made Avatar so much more appealing. Or not. Maybe theater is all about the experience. Throw us a familiar story (although to Cameron’s credit — greatly refined and scifi-ed) portrayed on a visually stunning canvas like no other, everyone’s bound to enjoy it.
Nonetheless, Avatar succeeds as a technically impressive, breathtaking and emotionally overwhelming movie that does a good job at closing the decade’s movie industry in a high note. Coupled with James Horner’s epic score that impeccably compliments the whole Pandorean experience, Avatar will be remembered along with The Dark Knight, as one of finest movies of the 2000’s.