Went and saw the movie Avatar yesterday. I was in two minds about seeing it but am now very glad I did. I’d been worried the eco-political storyline would prove to be too hackneyed and heavy-handed, but actually you get so sucked in by the film, that you almost lose all sense of exteriority and miss the ‘messaging’ about the state of our own world today. The emotion in the film is handled well too – not the saccharine nonsense you often get from Hollywood. Ultimately, the piece displays and comments upon the black heart of humankind. So, overall, Avatar does set something of a new standard in movie-making and story-telling. I’d give it 9.5/10. The missing half is because the story doesn’t quite have the epic scale of something like the original Star Wars.
review of avatar