I'm not a movie critic, but I know what I like. And I liked this movie!
James Cameron has done it again!
A belated birthday present from my daughter and son-in-law, they took me to see this film on Sunday afternoon at an iMax theater.
It's one thing to see a movie on a 70 x 50 foot screen, but it's quite another to see it in 3D! With so many incredible visual and special effects, it is no surprise that Avatar has received several Academy Award nominations.
If you are not a fan of science fiction, this movie may not be your cup of tea. If you don't like mind-blowing special effects, this movie is not for you. Then again, even if you don't care for science fiction or special effects, you still might enjoy the film.
The main character's mind is transferred into an 'avatar', one of the alien beings on a moon named Pandora. I thought this was interesting as it was suggestive of a similar technology I have featured in my short story, The Strange Story of Mr. Black and Miss Gray, as well as its current sequel which is being posted on this site every Friday, Butterfly Dreams.
I have not enjoyed a movie this much with this much edge-of-your-seat action since Raiders of the Lost Ark.
While the movie was also filmed in the standard 2D format, if there is an iMax theater near you, that's the way to go. This is best 3D imagery I've ever seen on screen - it's almost like looking into a View Master.
For the ladies - it's also a love story!
The scenes with the "floating" mountains are awesome. It was easy to feel a sense of vertigo.
Did I happen to mention that I liked this movie?