Deep down I knew I wouldn't really like this but I wanted to give it a shot. I really wanted to like it. Honest I did. Why else would I subject myself to almost 3 hours of tall smurfs cavorting in an Enya video? I mean - other than as a member of Earth 2010, I felt like I had to see this movie and to be part of the conversation.
Well - I can now participate in the conversation. So on that front, I don't regret seeing this movie. And on the I got some Listmaker relax time during SHR's European jaunt front, this movie was also a rousing success.
Unfortunately, the only major successful thing about this movie was that it made me long for the campy Billy Zane to save it. What a big piece of poop this movie is. Yet it is perfect poop. I see why people like it. The special effects are almost really great. The spiritual stuff makes this seem almost kind of deep. The theme of tying our current wars into the proceedings help the viewer think that there is even more depth to the movie than the 3D glasses offer.
Five minutes into this movie I knew I had made a mistake if I was hoping to be entertained. Yes, there were some interesting fight scenes but not nearly enough to sustain my attention for almost 3 hours. Then again some of the dialogue and ideas were so over the top that I do have to give credit to Mr. Cameron. Come on people - stop making fun of the hard to find mineral being called unobtainium. That's kind of funny.
The problem with this movie is that there isn't enough of that kind of silliness. There are too many ultraserious points to make and a 3rd grader's idea for romance plot points to hit for that kind of camp. At least Titanic had that going for it. What happened to the days when Cameron could make a bloated boring movie like The Abyss and then it would just sort of be disregarded. Now he does it and his films are considered landmarks in movie history. Strange.
And what was up with those spirit thingies floating all around?
And the one saving grace was supposed to be the technology but it didn't blow me away in the way that I was hoping it would be. It was okay. This movie is being discussed as changing cinema. But I never really felt like I was ever watching anything all that original. Yes there are the comparisons to Ferngully and Pocahantas. Definitely. But I also felt like I was watching parts of Return of the Jedi or the innumerable amount of films about humans landing on another planet from Alien to Starship Troopers.
Cameron likes to think that this film is a cinematic gamechanger in the way that The Matrix was. It is not. As I was watching that film, I felt like I had never seen anything like it before. Not the case with this movie. Hell, didn't The Matrix even have a similar sort of plot of virtual reality/avatar kind of thing?
Guaranteed Best Picture winner though.
Directed by James Cameron
Edgewater NJ Multiplex
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