Many regard Avatar as the best 3D movie ever. Well, if I had seen it the way it was meant to be experienced, maybe this review would be a little more positive. But I saw it in 2D, and as such, I found it to be just okay.
The story takes place in the future where humans are analysing the planet of Pandora. Some of these humans use a machine that let’s them turn into the planets species (I can’t remember the name of them, so let’s just call them mutant Smurfs) to explore the wilderness. One of them, Jake Sully, is left stranded on a mission, and is found by one of the actual mutant Smurfs. The leader of the tribe allows him to stay if he can be trained to be like one of them. So we alternate between the humans and the mutant Smurfs as Sully gets to analyse how the tribe lives.
I have to admit, it’s quite an intriguing premise, and the world of Pandora is visually interesting one, and the effects are really good… er, at least for the fauna of the planet, there’s a scene with the humans early on with a painfully noticeable green screen. But still, I was finding the film enjoyable enough, not amazing or anything, but I also didn’t really have much to complain about… and then we get to the third act.
Before the third act, the film took itself seriously, but once the third act comes, it becomes more of a cheesy action flick. It’s all one big action scene, filled with plenty of corny lines, a villain who has a ridiculously large health bar (seriously, he’s barely fazed by an explosion right near his face), and the story takes a LOT from other movies. Dash of Pocahontas here, a little Braveheart there, with a sprinkle of Return of the Jedi on top. It’s completely off tone from the rest of the movie and was the point that really made me question how it got nominated for an Oscar.
There were a few scenes in the movie that screamed “LOOK! 3D!”, so maybe viewing it as such would’ve really elevated it, but I don’t think it would change my overall verdict. It’s good for turning your brain off for a couple of hours for some nice eye candy, but if you’re looking for a little more, you might wanna skip this one.