This weekend I saw Avatar with special 3D goggles (exactly like when I saw Up this summer) and it was… AWESOME!
First of, we had taken our tickets at 4PM for the 08:50PM show, and it was almost sold out. Then we queued for 40min and there were already a good 70people before us. The room promised to be full of geeks! The film was really great on many levels: classic but plausible scenario, breathtaking music (ah, James Horner…!), amazing special effects enhanced by the 3D technology, and good action.
The 6 light-years distant planet, Pandora, is quite similar to Earth, only at night there are many more phosphorescent animals and plants than down here. It renders the night scenes eerie and beautiful. It made me thought of Final Fantasy X.
The animals and plants are different from that found on our planet, but only slightly. In order to live on this planet, however, humans have to wear oxygen masks. Scientists there have also designed a revolutionary technique allowing selected humans to impersonate native-like bodies, called Avatars. They were chemically designed using the DNA of both the human and a native.
The Natives are those blue creatures a friend of mine called “cats with breasts” (© LH, and, no, said friend is not a guy!), and they do look like cats somehow but are taller than humans, much bluer than cats, and furless.
Here’s the summary (extracted from imdb.com): When his brother is killed in battle, paraplegic ex-Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.
If you’re open to fantastic universes, you’ll love it. If you’re a down-to-earth person, you might not like it at all, and it lasts 2 hours and 40 minutes…
As it is, those 3D screenings are amazing, I'd love to see The Lord Of The Rings or Star Wars with this technology!