Monday, January 18, 2010
Random Notes on a Second Viewing of "Avatar"
- The 3D effects were amazing, and brought vitality to the screen that was lacking in the 2D version - as impressive as that version was.
- This is going to sound strange, but seeing the movie for a second time made me really appreciate Zoe Saldana's performance as Neytiri. To be honest, I don't have any idea how Cameron captured the performances of the actors portraying the Na'vi. But what I do know is that watching Neytiri, you really felt as if you are watching someone embody the character with heart and feeling. With Jake Sully, you sort of feel as if you're watching a cartoon. Is that because of Sam Worthington's shortcomings? Perhaps.
- As spectacular as they are from a visual standpoint, the battle scenes are really the least impressive section of the film. Easy for me to say, but I wish Cameron had been able to figure out a way to tell the story of a man discovering another life and another culture without laying it on so thick with the "evil empire" business.