Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Worth the Hype

I am generally pretty cynical when it comes to movie reviews. In fact, I find that my impression of a film is inversely proportional to how many stars it receives in the paper. The less everyone else thinks of it, the more I like it, and vice versa.

Today was the exception that proves the rule.

Avatar.

The IMAX was sold out, but the regular theater with the 3D glasses was good enough.

It has everything: a functional if predictable plot; engaging acting; an appropriately dramatic soundtrack that managed to stop short of inducing cephalgia; and of course, knock-you-out-of-your-seat visuals. Despite its length (two hours and forty-two minutes) I was never bored or fidgety. (I've been known to fall asleep in movies. As an adult.) Not this time. Every moment captured my attention. The opportunity to be immersed so fully in such a well-realized and executed world/alternate reality was nothing short of exhilarating!

Go and see it if you get the chance. You won't regret it.

6 Comments:

At Sat Jan 02, 10:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES it struck me as a model of the struggle between the humans and nature, as well as a representation of the conflicts in politics.

 
At Sun Jan 03, 01:20:00 AM, Blogger Margaret Polaneczky, MD (aka TBTAM) said...

Am seeing it in 3D tomorrow - can't wait!

Happy New Year!

 
At Sun Jan 03, 09:08:00 AM, Blogger BladeDoc said...

Seriously? A civilization advanced enough to have interstellar travel hasn't figured out lateral drilling approaches for mining or that the easiest (and unstoppable) way to win a war is to drop rocks from orbit is "well realized and executed"?

 
At Sun Jan 03, 01:43:00 PM, Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

BD: "well-realized and executed" does not equal "plausible". Suspension of disbelief is well rewarded here.

 
At Sun Jan 03, 02:02:00 PM, OpenID crankylitprof said...

The MIL saw it in 3-D and got violently motion sick.

WIN!

(PS, the FIL took a spill and tore the shit out of his ACL; had surgery yesterday morning and is still in hospital. You might drop MIL a mail at your convenience.)

 
At Wed Jan 06, 01:12:00 AM, Blogger Toni Brayer, MD said...

I agree, fantastic flik. It is advanced film making with a great plot and amazing visuals.

 

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