Monday, June 28, 2010

#98 DZP - Avatar

#98: Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
Well I got my "A" done! I finally watched Avatar!
Gawd I LOVED this movie! I can't believe it took me so long to see this. I went over to Dad's place and watched in on his huge-ass TV with surround-sound and it really turned into the movie experience... pretty much Awesome!!

“Avatar” was the much-hyped, long-gestating James Cameron project that spotlights a war between desperate humans and the Na’vi, natives from an otherworldly planet called Pandora.

A paraplegic ex-Marine named Jake Sully experiences what it’s like to walk again as his consciousness is uploaded into the body of a Na’vi avatar. Screw that–the guy does more than walk. He runs for miles, jumps off cliffs, climbs enormous trees, and rides on the back of magnificent winged creatures. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Besides all this, the film has a serious Buddhist slant: “Everything is connected.” In “Avatar,” that idea is as literal as it gets. As the Na’vi stride through Pandora’s forest, their bare feet light up the ground beneath them, a visual representation of this idea. Trees are spiritual kin to the Na’vi. They are tall, noble extensions of the rainforest-like planet and form a kind of all-encompassing exoskeleton. The ends of the Na’vi’s long ponytails have strands that are in constant motion; they’re alive with a certain energy and literally tie together with those of the flying beasts to create a kind of symbiosis.

(thank you Eric Melin for your review!)

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