Film

Watched Avatar

I See You

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Day
59/100
Reading Time
2 mins
Word Count
600 approx.
Neytiri flies into battle
Image Credit: Image is credited by The Official Avatar Website.

For the very first time, I watched Avatar on the big screen. I dare say this is one of those experiences that I’ll never forget. This is a truly amazing and unforgettable adventure. It draws you in with its outstanding visuals and epic soundtrack. Everything that I saw was so spectacular. I want to immerse myself in the world of Pandora—a dream-like world that fascinates the audience. Living in a dream that you don’t want to wake up from.

I’m not sure why, but I missed out on seeing the film in 2009. I thought I’ve said it several times that I don’t like CGI movies, and maybe that’s the reason. Since the sequel Avatar: The Way of Water will be released later this year and the original film is back in cinemas. So, I’ve got the chance this time. I went in to see this remastered version without a second thought.

This is a film that’s full of imagination. The best part is, no doubt, its beautiful world, creatures, and the Na’vis. It’s all done on green screens with motion capture. I was impressed by the stunning views of Pandora and the performances by the actors. Every frame could be wallpaper-worthy. It looks so convincing and I was captivated by the wildlife and scenery, especially the scene where they hear the voices of ancestors at Home Tree.

Spoilers ahead.

Don’t read if you haven’t seen the film.

The theme is human versus nature. I can tell the story draws inspiration from the Anime Princess Mononoke もののけ姫(Mononoke-hime) (1997). A native race, the Na’vi, living on the jungle moon Pandora. As always, humans look for resources and want to make profit out of it even they’re on an alien planet. Our main character Jake Sully, is a paraplegic marine who joins the Avatar program to “live” in a Na'vi-human hybrid for research. He makes a deal with the Colonel if he provides intel of the Na’vi he can get his real legs back. Jake lives with the Na’vi and Neytiri teach him the way of becoming one of them. Na’vi wants to protect their forest while our protagonist changed his mind because he has fallen in love with Neytiri. Later, when Jake tells Neytiri and her people about his spy mission, I got a little bit emotional for them. They decided to fight against humans, which brings the whole film to its climax. In spite of the story being predictable, it works. I really enjoyed my time watching it.

If I had to summarize the experience, I’d say it’s Final Fantasy meets Monster Hunter and Xenoblade: an adventure story set in a fantasy world. Imagine the universes of those games colliding with each other. That’s Avatar. But it’s the film that inspired the games, not the other way around.

I watched it in 3D and 4DX format. But I gotta tell you I’m not a fan of that. Maybe I’ll choose the standard version when the next film comes out. Also, I’ll definitely be buying the Blu-ray.

I’ve got a special gift from the cinema, a Commemorative Ticket for the film. It’s printed on fine art card with holographic foil on the Avatar logotype. I love print design. This one will be kept in my collection forever.

I See You. Until next time.

My Afterthought

It’s a great experience overall and I didn’t want the story to end. A very outstanding film that will worth your time. In short, go watch the film now before you regret not doing so.

Watched in Cinema

Rating (Stars)
4/5
Verdict
Astonishing
Director
James Cameron
Starring
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña
Genres
Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date
Dec 2009

This is #Day59 of #100DaysToOffload.