Bytes: I see you.

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.

Pandora in Avatar

The breath­tak­ing float­ing islands of Pandora

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.

by shenghan in asides on 30th December, 2009 at 2am, Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 02:31 am GMT +8


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  1. Max said

    Hey, you aren’t the last per­son on Earth who hasn’t watched Avatar until yes­ter­day because I am… =”< Why there is no cin­ema in Lim­bang a? Some­body… Build one here… Fast…

    • ember said

      Come back down to Kuch­ing la, haha. Too bad you can’t watch Avatar in 3D. It’s sooo amazing. =)

  2. Lance said

    I haven’t watch it yet… =(

    • ember said

      Gotta learn to put down your 40D for an awe­some movie! =p

  3. Yeaaah in 3D it is way awe­some.… this new 3d tech­nol­ogy is so much bet­ter than the old one.…. And I like the movie for its spir­i­tual message :-)

  4. Wow I am hon­estly the only reply to your amaz­ing writing?!?