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Old 02-02-2010, 05:56 AM
 
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Never posted in the Movies forum but am an avid movie buff. But after finally giving in and watching Avatar yesterday, my very foundation was shaken.

THIS has become the highest grossing movie of all time?
THIS is the most popular movie?
THIS is cool?
THIS is supposed to be a good movie?

I was bored. After 20 minutes I was searching for more candy to eat to keep me occupied. I went to the bathroom 3 times just to have something to do. I squirmed in my seat constantly. Thinking to myself- actually saying it outloud- this is stupid!

After 3 hours we were finally able to leave, with a headache no less. I'm a lover of the silver screen, of the art of drama...of the craft of acting. Maybe it was because this story has been told before....many times. Ferngully, The Last Rainforest and don't forget Pocahontas....I just couldn't get into it.

Not once have I considered my time still in front of a black and white classic on TCM or the re-re-re rental of Singing in the Rain a waste of time. But those three hours of Avatar were wasted and I can't get them back.

I just turned 40 last week....maybe it's my age. Maybe if I grew up plugged into XBox, texting, Ipod, youtube....maybe then I'd love this movie.

Anyone else afraid to see an animated character that isn't real accept an Academy Award?
Anyone else loosing faith in the movie industry?
Anyone else feeling old?

My teenage daughter loved it! My two children in the military loved it!
I'm retired military and was aggitated that the animated people were killing the former military.....felt they should have just zeroed in on the one 'bad' guy. Collateral damage should have been minimized. And them being the animated people should have known this! But again, I'm old school.
This isn't about bashing Avatar...but rather finding times are changing....movie making evidently is changing.

What movie was released that made you feel old? That was so different that you knew movie making had changed?

Last edited by VegasGrace; 02-02-2010 at 06:14 AM..
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:40 AM
 
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And here is the 6th thread for avatar. Lets all make our own avatar thread so we can discuss it in many different places.
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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You're not alone, op.

I was bored, too.

The effects/production was cool. No doubt about that.

But the characters were one-dimensional.
The story/plot was older than dirt and insanely predictable.
The dialogue was so-so.

Without the production, this would have fallen flat on its face.

Movies have sucked for a while now, though. You haven't noticed?
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: In the Zombie Room
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Just because a film has really great special effects, even the best ever special effects. That does not make the film a good film or an instant classic.

It is the responsibility of a good filmaker to leave you with a visceral reaction. A headache from the 3-D does not count.

We as a movie-going public need to decide what is in our best interest; films that connect us to our own humanity or films that only help to disengage us from our emotions.

Sometimes I think technology has driven us so far apart under the guise of bringing us together.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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I was bored also
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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But there were blue alien boobies! Who could say no to that?


Seriously though, it was about as intellgent as a Disney kid's movie... maybe less so. It was all about eye candy. But I admit I was entertained.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:10 AM
 
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I agree--story as old as dirt told over and over. If it gets best picture I would wonder why. No actors on screen for any amount of time, more animation.

So many cliches it was annoying but I did have to laugh. When they get to the planet one character says, "We aren't in Kansas anymore." Then later another character says, "We're getting out of Dodge." LOL, guess they don't know where Dodge is. Plus will those cliches even be said in the distant future?

The animation was pretty at times though. I think all it should get awards for is animation.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Ok phew im glad I didnt go see it . THank You.
There little seperation between media and movies.
It like free press too
Im not into animation movies but I wish they would make this a movie Star Blazers

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Originally Posted by VegasGrace View Post
Never posted in the Movies forum but am an avid movie buff. But after finally giving in and watching Avatar yesterday, my very foundation was shaken.

THIS has become the highest grossing movie of all time?
THIS is the most popular movie?
THIS is cool?
THIS is supposed to be a good movie?

I was bored. After 20 minutes I was searching for more candy to eat to keep me occupied. I went to the bathroom 3 times just to have something to do. I squirmed in my seat constantly. Thinking to myself- actually saying it outloud- this is stupid!

After 3 hours we were finally able to leave, with a headache no less. I'm a lover of the silver screen, of the art of drama...of the craft of acting. Maybe it was because this story has been told before....many times. Ferngully, The Last Rainforest and don't forget Pocahontas....I just couldn't get into it.

Not once have I considered my time still in front of a black and white classic on TCM or the re-re-re rental of Singing in the Rain a waste of time. But those three hours of Avatar were wasted and I can't get them back.

I just turned 40 last week....maybe it's my age. Maybe if I grew up plugged into XBox, texting, Ipod, youtube....maybe then I'd love this movie.

Anyone else afraid to see an animated character that isn't real accept an Academy Award?
Anyone else loosing faith in the movie industry?
Anyone else feeling old?

My teenage daughter loved it! My two children in the military loved it!
I'm retired military and was aggitated that the animated people were killing the former military.....felt they should have just zeroed in on the one 'bad' guy. Collateral damage should have been minimized. And them being the animated people should have known this! But again, I'm old school.
This isn't about bashing Avatar...but rather finding times are changing....movie making evidently is changing.

What movie was released that made you feel old? That was so different that you knew movie making had changed?
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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I doubt I'll see it...just doesn't appeal to me.

The reviews people I know who have seen it:

Technological achievement, yes.
Movie--eh.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:01 PM
 
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Like Sigourney but I am just not going to see a movie which relies on CGI.
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