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He rips himself off a bit but its worth seeing.
- happy now?
Apocalypse Now (helicopters, jungle explosions and Robert Duvall's character) + Braveheart (that cloying "they can take our land" speech, blue foreigners), Dances With Wolves (the noble savages saved by Whitey) + T2 (the baddie that won't die, all the vehicles), Aliens (grunts, the young company idiot riding roughshod over all in the name of profit, the script) + an unconvincing theology + Rodney Mathews + seamless CGI and the best ever use of 3D = Avatar
they should put that review on the billboards....you've sold me
everyone I know whose seen it said it was jaw-dropping. I've just got to wait a week for the imax.
all the people hoping Avatar fails are momos.
I went to see Aliens at the cinema a couple of weeks ago and it only served to make me more excited. His attention to detail is amazing.
I may even dig Pirahna 2 out of my video collection.
Looking forward to it. Think I'll catch it next Thursday
There's one of them new fake Imax screens in Cardiff now so I'll give it a spin on that.
Why spend 300 million when you can get great performances, great direction and great stories?
Also, this thing about bringing in CGI and 3D is just depressing. Apparently studios are more enthusiastic about 3D because you can't pirate it.
it's not a proper full-screen IMAX like they've got in big London, but apparently the effect is 'pretty much the same'.
"Why spend 300 million when you can get great performances, great direction and great stories?"
...for free? What?
I wanna say I'll wait for DVD but that shirley defeats the purpose.
have said it's not awful. See it at the biggest screen you can find.
and it is FAR from awful. Much, much better than the trailer would have you believe.
The 3D was very well done — and I normally don't think much of 3D cinema at all.
I'm sorely tempted to go see it again (this coming from someone who gets opportunity to see all of about half a dozen films a year).
too many people on forums etc marking it as a film that will revolutionise cinema or a load of old rubbish that has no redeeming features whatsover. It's not likely to be either.
Bit like Jaws did.
5 years time we'll all have 3d tv.
was actually really good. Some of the ones that dont use glasses are v. difficult to watch. Basically its just a matter of the broadcasters catching up with the tv manufacterurs (ie investing in new cameras etc...)
say that it WILL raise the bar for big budget entertainment. I think the main problem is that a lot of people on forum's are cynical idiots who delight in schadenfreud.
I like Empire, so their review is probably enough to get me off the fence and go see it.
I imagine the truth will lie (as usual) somewhere between the 2.
and it's not done by a regular reviewer. I smell something fishy.
but they have as much a hardon for Cameron as they do for George Lucas (even Titanic got five stars when it was released).
as to be honest, after watching the trailers... it looked ok, but not really that exciting. and the story looks abominably mediocre.
i know a lot has gone in to the tech side of it with the graphics and stuff, but do you think that this will translate well to the small screen?
It has very little originality and a very predictable story but, it still manages to be pacy, exciting, completely engaging and visually impeccable! Ok, the bad guys are of the pantomine variety, but Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver more than compensate for that glitch. Nice one Jim! 9/10
Looks great but the scrips grade A bobbins and spoon feeds you every thing.
the plot was decent myself
I refuse to watch it.
Even the positive reviews basically state that the plot/script/everything else takes a back seat to the visuals. And from what I've seen, the visuals to me look kinda cheesy and laughable. Not interested in the slightest.
is that it's a very expensive film that doesn't really appeal to the once-a-year cinema crowd that made Titanic break even. 14-30 year-old males might be able to bank-roll a standard comic book adaptation or sci-fi film, but a film doesn't become huge unless the middle-aged women and grannies go to see it (eg Mama Mia). I can't see them being too fussed with this, to be honest, which is a shame as I'd rather see this film make a profit rather than the bore-fest that was Titanic.
this post seems pretty hilarious now
i'm tempted to watch just to see what it's like....but if it's puching over a tenner for the ticket and specs i'd rather buy celine and julie go boating on dvd which i've had my eye on for ages without being able to afford it.
bradshaw said something really stupid about it. he spoke about films that pushed technological boundaries (shrek, Jurrasic Park) and said that now they're only watched for the dialogue and on itv4 respectively. as if something groundbreaking should be covered in nectar and never touched again. surely the whole point is that we watch them now without being so aware of the technology, is that everyone else played catch up and made such effects the norm. it's a testament to the ammount they changed the mainstream, surely, still being visually impressive not not seeming out of place.
Plot-wise there is nothing that you haven't seen before, but you could say that a lot of westerns, war films and other genre movies incorporate a lot of stock elements.
This is pure rock 'em sock 'em entertainment and every penny that it cost to make is up there on the screen. And the idea of making the aliens ten feet tall is genius.
...is that genius?
I would also have accepted "A smurf with a pituitary disorder."
but make sure you see it at imax in uber3d.
well worth it.
probably wasn't helped by the 3D making my eyes and brain hurt, but i thought it was terrible. Blue hippies riding dinosaurs and melding with trees... chyah. I couldn't find a single bit of empathy for any of the blue people, no matter how many longingly hesitant shots of their computer generated faces we had to look at. At least the army guys had some cojones
had a little sleep in the middle, when i woke up nothing had happened. They might have had 3D sex. Glad i missed it
Visually, it's fucking amazing and the attention to detail with the flora and fauna is great. But it's a pretty standard clich story with a standard trite moral. There are no characters in it, only cariactures. Corporations are evil!
Would watch again though.
No idea how it'll hold up outside of 3D or on second viewing but I'd probably say it was most enjoyable cinema experience I can remember. The story was good, I had no issues with the script or characters and they must have done something right because by the climactic battle I was absolutely gripped. It was moving, funny at times and the 3D, effects and world James Cameron has created was absolutely mind-blowing. I felt like I'd been on holiday for 160 minutes. Just amazing and I'm going again as soon as I can.
it was a midnight screening at the imax. he cried with laughter throughout. id be so pissed off if i was a normal person attending.
Well, actually it wasn't that great, but it wasn't terrible.
Looked nice on the big IMAX screen, even if the first 3 shots made me feel like I was gonna hurl. And it gave us the phrase 'Bloobs' thanks to my mate describing the female alien sexy parts.
Cameron / Lucas / Spielberg all seem to be losing that part of the brain that can establish balancing out schmaltz, visual effects and story telling sadly. Visually they're all still interesting. Just think how good they COULD be if they employed a script editor.