I saw Avatar this weekend in 3D and it totally lived up to the hype. We couldn't get into the IMAX showing, but I just couldn't wait to see this movie. In a word, the movie is simply amazing, and incredibly beautiful. Avatar does what movies should do -- it transported me to a different world. The 3D was mostly subtle, and made me feel that I was truly in that forest on the planet of Pandora.
The story was a bit of Dances With Wolves in space, but James Cameron makes movies for the main stream audience. My husband was deriding Titanic as we waited for the movie to begin, but I love that movie and all it's hokey plot lines. James Cameron delivers something for everyone. A little romance, a little action, stuff blowing up, and visuals that just plain stun.
The way that the motion capture and animation totally immersed me in the story, and never left me doubting these blue Na'vi 10 foot tall beings were real is just amazing. I felt walking out of that movie like I did after seeing the first Matrix film with all the bullet time effects. I had just seen something totally new, and game changing. And I wasn't the only one. Here's what Steven Spielberg said after seeing Avatar:
Steven Spielberg: “The last time I came out of a movie feeling that way it was the first time I saw Star Wars.” … “The most evocative and amazing science-fiction movie since Star Wars.”