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Fresh: From the music to the muse, this is clearly a James Cameron flick, clearly a masterpiece, and clearly marks a revolution in blockbusters, for if you only see one film in a 3-D cinema this year, make it Avatar.
- Giles Hardie, smh.com.au, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Cameron's 'Avatar': Brainy & Beautiful
- Joe Baltake, Passionate Moviegoer, Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Fresh: It's rare that a movie can inspire genuine awe but Cameron has succeeded in another landmark technical achievement.
- Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views, Thursday, June 24, 2010
James Cameron's long awaited follow up to his 1997 film Titanic is a spectacular feast for the eyes. Like every other reviewer, I felt that this was a Dances With Wolves in outer space. Theres really is nothing original about the story. However I thoroughly enjoyed this film and it was very well made. But I thought it was a bit overhyped. As far as the effects are concerned, the film delivers on the hype, but considering that everyone goes ape shit for Avatar only for the fact that it's James Cameron's first feature film in over a decade is far fetched in my opinion. The film was terrific, but it's not the greatest film ever made as many fanboys of the film have made it out to be. Also with the fact that Avatar was highly praised, I felt that many gems of 2009 were forgotten or not even mentioned as the best films of 2009. One example is Dun Jones's Moon, that film deserves more praise than Avatar, and I personally thought that Moon way more thrilling than Avatar. Avatar is exactly the type of film that gets killed by the hype. This is the perfect example of a film that shouldn't get all the accolades it got. This is an effects driven film, with a story that we've seen many times before. Seen before, and told more poetically than in Avatar. At first I really wanted to see this film, because of the fact that it was deemed the must see film of 2009. I think critics and fanboys overhyped the film to the max. A good film, yes, but definitely not the best of 2009. For me the best films of 2009 were The Hurt Locker, Moon, Public Enemies and Inglourious Basterds and District 9. Those films deserves praise. Unfortunately two of these titles barely saw the light of day, such as Moon and The Hurt Locker. With its lack of original story, Avatar is a three star film, but with the good special effects, this film definitely deserves another star. However I think that Terminator 2: Judgement Day and The Terminator are James Cameron's finest films. Avatar is a good film, but it's very overhyped.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, October 28, 2010
What a great time to be alive! A time when James Cameron is back on top of his game, and when the magic of special effects and CGI have become as breath-takingly flawless as it is. And breath-taking is truly the word here. Because not only is Avatar a fantastic sci-fi film, but it's taken movies in general to a whole new dimension, far beyond everything we've previously seen. The CGI looks so real that you can almost touch it (especially in 3D), and it's hard to believe that Pandora and its inhabitants were all made in a bunch of computers. That's just how amazing this movie looks. My only complaint concerns the story and some of the dialogue, as its highly predictable and quite thin. Most of the plot events feel very familiar, and is unfortunately rife with clichs and stereotypes. It's a pity, because it dragged down the overall experience a bit. Even so, it's still an amazing movie that made my jaw drop more than a few times. And to give you an idea of just how awesome it really is, I've here gathered some of the titles it deserves to be awarded with: * Best movie of 2009 * Best CGI effects of all-time * One of my top 30 favourite movies * Most realistic animation ever created * One of the top 10 films of the decade * One of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made The bottomline is: this is no ordinary cinematic experience. It's a mindblowing and emotional thrill ride, that'll take you to a place beyond your wildest dreams. A visual masterpiece, that truly leaves you lost for words.
- CloudStrife84, Thursday, March 1, 2012