Movie review time – Avatar.

I’ll cut to the chase here.  Using my newly developed movie review criteria , I give it an A3.  For some people an A1, but for me an A3.

Reminder, all movies with a A rating are very good movies indeed, with the following sub categories:

  • A1: Go see it NOW at a theatre, and buy the DVD too, it’s that good!
  • A2: It’s a great movie – go buy the DVD when it comes out
  • A3: Go see it at a theatre  – you will want to get the “big picture” feel to it

The plot is interesting (if not a repeat of Pocahontas – WARNING plot spoiler in the link if you haven’t seen Avatar) enough to watch.  The special effects are pretty cool, and the message is a “nice” one – if not a wee bit too preachy.

My advice is see the 2D.  But if someone said that to me I would wanna see the 3D just to be sure.  I saw the 3D and found it cool to start with, then just (mildly) annoying, maybe that’s just me.

It’s quite a long movie, but suitable for children (as long as they shut up – or they aren’t sitting near me).

I will comment and say its a VERY good movie, and I can see why one would wanna see it (after all I so say that in my “A3″), but I dont actually think its an epic.  I don’t also think its a keeper in one’s DVD collection, for the same reasons I dont think Lord or the Rings is a keeper in one’s DVD collection.  Once you have seen it once (maybe twice) that’s it.  Some movies of lower quality (lets say, ummm .. Terminator 2) actually have more shelf life.  Lets be clear here, its a good movie, close to being great, but it’s just not one I would invest money (or more likely time) to watch over and over.

Like so many movies, if you expect it to be awesome you might think “what was the fuss about”. If you expect it to be OK, you find it a very good and enjoyable movie.  So I ain’t gonna ruin things and call it awesome.

Black and White Version: Avatar‘s good.  Go see it. (oh and the Vatican should just chill).

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