A reluctant hero. An epic journey. A choice between the life he left behind and the incredible new world he’s learned to call home. Return to James Cameron’s Avatar – the greatest adventure of all time.
“The greatest adventure of all time.” That’s what it says on the back of this DVD. And yes, Avatar is a visually beautiful and amazing movie, but I can think of a bunch of action-adventure movies that I think were better.
I will admit, though, that Cameron has done things with the special effects that I never thought I’d see in a movie. The planet of Pandora is gorgeous. The story, however, is nothing new. It’s like a cross between Dances With Wolves and the Disney version of Pocahontas, with really good actors and mind-blowing visuals thrown in.
I don’t want to sound completely negative – I did enjoy watching this film. For one thing, the casting is terrific: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi. The soundtrack is gorgeous, and the action kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt like the actors basically did the best they could with what they had – plot and characters that never quite go further than skin deep.
Of course, this is the new “absolute most-est favorite” movie of my three sons. So what do I know?
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