REVIEW: AVATAR in IMAX – NYC

So, all you ScreenPens fans. The gang did the AVATAR IMAX thing in 3D Thursday Night, midnight showing at the IMAX theater in NYC. We actually waited in line from 8:30 PM until show time around 12 Midnight. We had tickets from about 2 months ago, so our seats were perfect. Here’s the short of it.

Astounding imagery. Cliché storyline. But a MUST SEE (At least one time) for posterity.

Cameron has done it again! He’s broken through the fourth wall and brought us into the world of Pandora. His 3D visual technology is extraordinary. The CGI amazing. The motion capture of the Na’vi people is groundbreaking and so detailed you can almost smell their musk! Never thought I’d get a rise from a 7 foot blue Smurf with a tail but, then again, there it is.

The FloatingMountains are pure Roger Dean from the early YES albums and the jungle battle scenes are so photo realistic you’ll think you died and went to “Nam. Picture the gut wrenching opening images of “Saving Private Ryan”, now superimpose, the Native American warriors from “Dances With Wolves” (only blue) and you’re only halfway there!

And in case you’re thinking this is only a guy flick, don’t worry. You can bring your date because there’s enough sentimentality and love story to warm even the most jaded “Romance’ freak. Even the hard core “fan boys” sitting next to me shed a tear or two.

The movie is long, about 3 hours, but you don’t get bored even for a minute because the screen is full of detail that you can’t all take in at once.

The story could have been better. We’re on an ALIEN PLANET for Henry’s sake! Couldn’t they come up with a culture model at least a bit different from Native American “horse culture” with bows and arrows? And if humans only need a simple facemask to operate in Pandora’s atmosphere, WHY BUILD THESE BILLION DOLLAR AVATARS in the first place? Okay, so there are some holes in the plot. So what?

In any case go see AVATAR in 3D. All your friends will be talking about it and you don’t want to be hanging out in the corner still babbling about “300” and “Final Fantasy – The Spirits Within”

ScreenPens gives AVATAR 3 out of 4 Pens.

Mike P.

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One Response

  1. Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

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