Monday, December 21, 2009
About a little something called 'Avatar'
The last time I wrote about movies was here and here. Despite the fact that Im a total movie buff and goes to almost all of them, I am content with a Mayank Shekher review or my friends ratings to decide whether a movie fits my taste or not. But once in a while, some movies come- which sweeps you off your feet and put you in the delusion of being someone else or magically transported to some fairy land. Now, AVATAR does both.
There have been countless reviews and opinions and criticisms and praises overflowing over this extravagant cinema experience. Experts have written this and this and friends have written this.
I am not going to write on how big or small a cinema it is or "review" it. If thats what you were expecting, sorry to disappoint you. But this is my take on how a movie can effect you so much so that despite the bad seats (fourth row from the front towards the left for a 3D movie) and dismayingly late start (We practically missed the first good part of 10 minutes), how it makes you dream and wonder about things that never were..Now thats what I call inspiring cinema!.
Coolest points of avatar
-- The obvious-special effects and graphics. Much more than the technological aspects of it, I loved the detailing of it. If any of you have been to a forest, you would know how diverse and colorful and awesome it is. They couldnt have done any better job of detailing the flora fauna of the imaginary tree home and its habitat. I would see the movie again just to see that microscopic detailing.
-- I love it when the aliens/the other people look better than humans.We have this complex of making the other people look horrible so we can score points atleast in the looks front if not anything else. And bonus points for not making them green.
-- Besides the special effects and everything which gift wraps the movie into an awesome christmas gift to the movie connoiseur, I totally dig the subtle nudges of bringing in an anti-invasion anti-war anti-supremacy edge into it. For people who could never understand why urbanising villages is not so good an idea-maybe this film will be development studies 101.
--And the parallel synchronizations of the human and Pandora world. They put in cable wires, Na'vi s linked their hairs .I quite didnt understand why they needed long hairs when I saw the promos, but now I feel it would have been a total miss if they didnt put it in the movie.What an idea sirjeee.
Now when I sing praises, I ought to be cynical as well
-- Its no epic movie. Its an experience worth having.
-- Never understood why an outsider always make a better leader in movies than an insider. For me, that one link destroys the subliminal messages the movie was trying to link in. (As if humans are always better)
-- And I wish they asked a child to write the story- The most he/she would have missed is the new earth movement and the scary chants and the hideous love making-Rest assured, Im sure a child would have dreamt better.
But then, go see it people!!!