Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Movies: Avatar

Last week Linzy and I joined the many, many people who have gone to seen Avatar. And just like most of those people I thought it was enjoyable but not outstanding.

We went to a 3D show at Lakeville theater because the IMAX showtimes were at terrible times. It was definitely worth seeing in the theater since the draw is the amazingly realistic computer animation and stunning visual presentation. I thought the 3D was nicely done, used mostly to add depth to scenes and not just for effect.

The story was predictable and basically a remake of Dances with Wolves. It was also a bit too long.

But despite the story I enjoyed seeing it, and thought it was well worth paying the extra to see in 3D. It will be interesting to see what happens to movies and visual effects in general when the level of realism of Avatar's computer generated graphics becomes affordable for random movies that can't afford to be one of the most expensive movies ever.

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