2-Second Movie Review: “Avatar”

Screen shot 2009-12-26 at 2.59.43 PMI’ve been excited to see “Avatar” for a few months now and I’m happy to report that I, unsurprisingly, loved it. I just plain loved this movie. By now we all know what the movie’s about so I won’t bore you with the details. What I will say is that whatever the budget really was, around 250 million, was it? — you can see it on the screen. This is a movie that Hollywood and James Cameron dumped a quarter of a BILLION dollars on, and they’re only charging you ten bucks. That’s unbelievable. Watching “Avatar,” you might think that James Cameron cherry picked the best elements of “The Abyss,” “Aliens,” even “Titanic” has some hanger-oners — and you know what, any movie with a futuristic corporation mining some ore on a faroff colony with huge trucks and the load-lifters from “Aliens” is bound to kick ass. The only things missing were Bill Paxton and Michael Biehn. Over the past few months many have made fun of James Cameron for saying that this movie wasn’t possible to make 10 years ago, and hey, we saw Jar Jar 10 years ago and Gollum 10 years ago. But imagine the sheer computing time required for three full hours of Gollum. And, at that, a new Gollum that’s actually better than Gollum. I’m not going to placate the marketing of this film and say that the effects are fantastic, because they’re beyond fantastic. What really surprised me is that I genuinely loved this movie and can’t wait to see it again.