Movie Review – Avatar 3D – Visually Spectacular!

Avatar 3D

Strangely enough I actually watched the other big Oscar nominee (The Hurt Locker) before I watched Avatar.

I have been wanting to watch Avatar since it hit Malaysian cinemas in December last year, thankfully it’s still showing as it has become a phenomenal box office hit beating the records set by James Camerons last directorial movie (Titanic).

I finally got around to watching it last week, in 3D of course! And wow what an experience it was. And of course an absolute visual feast.

Avatar 3D

I loved the way 3D was used, it was in a gimmicky way or a cheesy way or the typical ‘things jumping out of the screen’ way which my first experience of 3D back when Nightmare on Elm Street had a 3D version.

The use of 3D in Avatar is a very subtle affair with things rarely coming far out of the screen, most of the time it’s just used to give extra depth to the scene and isolate the character in focus.

I did take the glasses off a few times to see how they did it, the character that was speaking or at the front looked like normal 2D then the rest of the screen was in some kind of funky 3D bokeh which made it seem further away.

It was masterfully done and really made the movie a very immersive experience. The details were awesome and well for the budget of the movie (close to $300 million USD) it looks fantastic.

The Na’vi were just spectacular, quite a masterpiece by James Cameron..but then he has been working on this movie since 1995!

Avatar 3D - Na'vi

And for movie geeks the first Cameron movie Sigourney Weaver has been in since Aliens in 1986!

As for the movie itself it was pretty good, good pacing – although it was long I never found it draggy or confusing. The story is one that has been acted out many times and well has been done better.

I totally advocate however everyone must see it, you’re paying for the experience. It’s not particularly a movie I’d buy to watch it over and over at home on the TV…but in the cinema, it’s truly breathtaking. I think Avatar has now set the standard for 3D movies and expect a wave of 3D shite to come heading our way trying to ride on its success. Notice Alice in Wonderland is already out in 3D before the 2D version?

Anyway as for Avatar I give it a visual orgasm worthy 8.5/10.


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8 Responses to Movie Review – Avatar 3D – Visually Spectacular!

  1. SamuelGoh March 7, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    I find that 3D is really nothing to yell about.. some scenes are particularly good, like the one in the forest, but in general the color seems faded

    give and take i suppose

  2. JD March 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    Love the movie. Glad to know that the 3D is still available on cinemas. My wife didn’t get to watch it because was pregnant when the movie was out, so maybe it’s time to head for the cinemas!

  3. KY March 8, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    I like your pun in “massive twitter addict” 😀

  4. Mark March 8, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Totally loved Avatar, watched it twice, first time in 2D then the 2nd on 3D. Believe it or not, I thought there was only a 2D version, doh!

  5. Huai Bin March 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    BB Storm looks good, was considering it but prefer keypads like Bold 2. 🙂

  6. Joshua March 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    but then again Hurt Locker won the OScar,5 summore. yuhooo!!! that said, a cheap budget film pwns this most expensive flick evahh..much to my prediction =)

  7. Myhorng March 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    yeah truly breathtaking. however, the 3D showed in Avatar is somehow rather different from what you will come across on Alice in Wonderland.

  8. ShaolinTiger March 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    SamuelGoh: I liked the 3D a lot, it was very subtle.

    JD: Yup still showing, it’s a true box office hit.

    KY: Tsk tsk.

    Huai Bin: Yah definitely a Bold 2 fan myself.

    Joshua: Yah, I predicted the same.

    Myhorng: Yah awesome show, I think Alice uses more gimmicky 3D with things popping out of the screen.