On general release from 17th December 2009
Written and directed by James Cameron
A cinematic spectacle, Avatar hurls you into the seductive, captivating
and tantalisingly impossible world of the Na’vi in their exotic,
yet increasingly vulnerable homeland of Pandora.
Finding himself abruptly involved in the expedition for the ironically
named ‘unobtanium’ on this alien moon, it is the protagonist
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) who must assume the position of his recently
deceased twin, infiltrating the native tribe by operating his brother’s
hybrid, alien body or ‘Avatar’. However, this film is not
crammed full of tedious sci-fi facts as you may expect, but is essentially
an unconventional yet enchanting and refreshing love story between Jake
and the stunning native girl, Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
The intermingling of slightly cringe-worthy romance and explosive, fury-fuelled
action serves this film surprisingly well. Admittedly, I didn’t
expect to be particularly engaged for all of the 161 minutes, but found
myself utterly consumed by the rich intensity of the Na’vi’s
intimate relationship with nature, marred by the ignorant militancy of
the human invaders. The destruction of Pandora’s magical world and
the Na’vi’s ‘Home-Tree’ also obviously serves
as a vessel for Avatar’s political messages and Cameron’s
profound, green and planet-friendly philosophy.
Visually, Avatar is remarkably beautiful. The 3D effects adds an extra
ferocity to the blazing explosions and fast paced fight scenes, while
contributing to the delicacy of the scenery with subtle details as intricate
as 3D flies and individual blades of grass – the transitions between
film and CGI is impressively flawless.
While the plot is unfortunately rather predictable, Avatar is a triumph
in providing gripping and involving, family entertainment. The biggest
selling movie of all time, why not go see what all the fuss is about?