Slyde and I had a movie date on Friday morning. Bright and early...9 AM was when we met at a mutually convenient IMAX theater to be the first kids on the block to see James Cameron's Avatar. Well, the second kids on the block to see Avatar. Some folks saw it the night before at midnight. Those dirty stay-ups. And it's a good thing we decided to see the earliest showing of the day. The line was massive for the next showing when we left the theater.
Anyway, since this is probably the 100th review of this film that you all have come across, I'm not gonna bother with any summary of the plot or give you any spoilers. You've probably either seen the film by now or read those spoilers. Or you have seen big Hollywood films before and you aren't going to need any spoilers.
Because the only negative thing I can really say about this movie is that the plot wasn't very original. You've all heard of all the films that basically run with the same plot and there was nothing new and exciting plot-wise for this film. It's all true. Right from the very beginning of the film I knew what was coming next. It was all so telegraphed. Plot point A leads to B which leads to C which eventually leads to the inevitable X.
But you know what? I don't give a rat's ass!
Because this was easily one of the greatest film experiences of all-time!
The IMAX 3-D was ridiculous. The sound and the sights...they really defy description. I don't know about everyone else, but I felt like I was actually in the movie at certain points. Like I had to take the 3D glasses off for a moment and look around to remind myself that I was watching a movie in a theater. Thankfully I didn't do that very often. Well, I did have to run to the Men's Room at one point. It's a fucking long movie, y'all!
Since there was so much on the technical side that was new and exciting it was almost necessary that the plot was familiar. It was comforting and it was handled really well. The film was exciting and funny and heart-wrenching and everything else that you want from an epic film like this. It was absolutely amazing in just about every single way.
I can't wait to see it again. And again. And again.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. James Cameron, once again, delivers.