Natasha from Life of This City Girl chose to review Avatar (2009) for this month’s Genre Grandeur – Space.
Next month’s Genre is Biographical movies, so please send me your review by 25th October to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take it away Natasha….
Genre Grandeur: Avatar (2009) Life of This City Girl
Good day folks! For Rob’s Genre Grandeur this month I knew I just had to review one of my favourite Space films, Avatar. Now, I know Avatar has a whole lot of haters and lovers, so I will just come out and say that I am a real fan of this. It is epic, it is dramatic, and it is obviously done with a lot of dedication. Without further ado, I give you…. Avatar!
Plot: (via IMDb) A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
I really did enjoy Avatar. I’ve seen it about four or five times, and it doesn’t stop being entertaining, but you do need some time as it is very close to the three hour mark. Everyone says it is blue Pocahontas, and they are not wrong, but Blue Pocahontas is done extremely well. Firstly, Avatar is a refreshing take of extra terrestrial life. I really enjoy movies that takes place in outer space, but the genre can repeat itself endlessly until it feels like everything is a bit the same. James Cameron’s epic masterpiece is beautifully created; the graphics are amazing and the characters completely believable. This movie is excellent on a technical level, and Cameron tells his story through mind blowing visuals.
I especially love Avatar because I do believe the human race will never find extra terrestrial life because we will only aim to eventually destroy it, and this movie is an excellent affirmation of my side of the argument. I cheered for days when Colonel Miles Quaritch got popped, because next to the word “prick” in the dictionary he is there, looking like the idiot he is.
I mostly enjoyed the cast, but Zoë Saldana grates on me most of the time. She seems to be fond of playing blue/green aliens, and perhaps I will like her more in an earthly role, because she sure as hell doesn’t do alien well. Sigourney Weaver is excellent as always, and the role of a concerned doctor suits her to the ground. Sam Worthington has good and bad days, but he had a good one in here because he works as Jake Sully, a serious minded former marine who only joined the programme because his brother couldn’t do it anymore. He is honourable, and his militarily code is the perfect balance to offset Quaritch’s bombastic, superior idea of the human race. I even like Michelle Rodriguez in here – and THAT does not happen often. I guess it is because her military role suited her natural bombastic personality?
Anyway, if you haven’t yet seen it, I suggest you do so, because it is really entertaining, thought provoking and beautifully shot!
Thanks again to Natasha for this thoughtful review.