Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi
Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron
Cinematography: Mauro Fiore
Original Score: James Horner
Running Time: TBC
So being one of the lucky ones who got to see the Avatar footage today I feel it is only right to share my thoughts with you, bear in mind this is NOT a review, simply my first impressions. As any avid movie fan is likely to have watched the trailer already which debuted yesterday, I can safely say I fell into the underwhelmed category…until this evening.
Cameron has long promised us something truly special, something to revolutionise cinema and film in general, and does he deliver? Well yes, and no, on the basis of these few scenes, this is not and was never going to be in the same technological advance pool as The Jazz Singer or even the CGI enhancements of Cameron’s own Terminator 2. What Avatar does succeed in doing is immersing you, the viewer in the world of Avatar, this is 3D As it always should have been used, gone are the things popping out the screen at you, no, with the technology he has personally refined Cameron has perfected 3D to a stage whereby it is seamlessly integrated into the film as a whole.
The lighting, which has forever been an issue in dealing with 3D is now one of the most striking points about the Avatar footage I saw, broken down into approxinamtely 5 short scenes (taken from the first half of the final film) we get a taste of the emotion, the worlds and most prominantly the action that has been crafted, yes alot of the alien worlds bring to mind Star Wars, but this is no bad thing and in the motion capture technology we are now faced with the most believeable looking aliens you have seen, every facial tic and emotion has been lovingly crafted to add depth and emotion to the characters and the film, lest not forget that Avatar is a love story…albeit punctuated with some stunning action.
If the emotion was the icing well the final montage was the cherry on the cake for me, obviously the greatest scenes have been held back and those glimpsed in the closing moments were literally heart stiopping, it is not often the hairs on the back of my neck stand up in a film but in this they did, constantly, if that is not a sign of true excitemnet and emotional investment I don’t know what is, with the key point being that I actually forgot the film was 3D and felt it was the most thrilling of rides, all that just from 16 minutes of footage!
So as you may have gathered I was impressed, so all those nay-sayers, and that was previosuly me included, who only saw the trailer, just wait until you get to see the Avatar experience as it should be seen, up there on an IMAX screen (or the biggest you can find) in impressive, imersive 3D.
Truly jaw dropping stuff, exciting, emotional and simply cinematic, thats enough hyperboles for now I shall just have to wait until December 18th to experience Avatar in full and hope the whole film lives up to this all too brief tease.