Avatar (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | September 21, 2011 | 8 Comments

4.3 stars/reels

Avatar is about Jake Sully whose brother has recently died.  Jake was a Marine, but now the Army wants him to take his brother’s job, which was being a scientist and studying the Na’vi, a species of blue creatures.  Jake, Na’vi experts/scientists Grace and Norman and a group of Marines travel to Pandora the home of the Na’vi.  But Jake doesn’t know that the Marines want to kill the Na’vi and steal the minerals so that they can make lots of money.  Jake must choose: will he help Marines kill the Na’vi or will he fight the Marines to keep the Na’vi alive.


With visually stunning CG, Avatar looks amazing but it’s moral has been retold in different ways more than once.  From the Planet of the Apes saga to the Harry Potter saga, the moral “everyone should be treated equally” has been done before.  It’s good to do it again, but the original part of the story is a little too simple.  And then just when the story is getting complex the action sequences become the focus.  The middle is slow but it develops the story and the CG animators show their skill.  The film doesn’t feel like it’s three hours until the overlong climax.  There were some unnecessary zoom ins and zoom outs.  There’s also the debate about if Avatar really deserved to be a Best Picture nominee.  Is it that good? Or is it just another special effects filled blockbuster? In my opinion it’s both. The climax was too long, the cinematography wasn’t great, the moral wasn’t new and the story was simple but the special effects are excellent, the characters were unique and although its simple the story was interesting.

My favorite character is Jake Sully because he, despite his injury and the tough choice he had to make, kept going.

My favorite scene is when Neytiri shows Jake, Pandora.

Avatar is rated PG-13 and I agree.

Directed by:
James Cameron

Produced by: James Cameron and Jon Landau

Written by:
James Cameron
Produced by:
James Cameron
Jon Landau

Sam Worthington: Jake Sully
Zoe Saldana: Neytiri
Sigourney Weaver: Grace
Stephen Lang: Colonel Miles Quaritch
Michelle Rodriguez: Trudy Chacon
Giovanni Ribisi: Parker Selfridge
Joel David Moore: Norm Spellman
CCH Poundermc: Mo’at
Wes Studi: Eytukan
Laz Alonso: Tsu’tey
Dileep Rao: Dr. Max Patel
Matt Gerald: Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
Sean Anthony Moran: Private Fike
Jason Whyte: Cryo Vault Med Tech
Scott Lawrence: Venture Star Crew Chief


8 Responses to “Avatar (Flick’s Review)”

  1. Papa
    September 21st, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Flick, your review is right on – very perceptive and well written.

  2. Flack
    September 22nd, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    In my opinion the action and story were equally balanced. I’ll post my review soon!!!!!!!!!

  3. flick
    September 23rd, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Have you seen Avatar? As I said in my review its not perfect but it’s definitely worth checking out. I wish I saw it at the theaters because the 3D and the movie theater screen would have added to the special effects. Anyway you should watch it and then comment to tell me what you think of it. Thank you for the comment! From flick

  4. flick
    September 23rd, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    The climax was overlong. The moral had already been done a million times. The story was too simple. But other than that the movie was great. Can’t wait for your review! From flick

  5. Abid
    September 24th, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    I agree it is a good movie and it deserves a high rating. The good thing about it is that it ventures into a new issue of technology limit and moral issue.

  6. flick
    September 25th, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    The moral was interesting even though it was in a lot of other films. Unfortunately the story was too simple so the moral was not used as much as necessary. The special effects used for the technology looked great. I thought it was interesting that you got to see the technology being used for good (Jake and the scientists) and for bad ( the marines). Thanks for commenting! From flick

  7. Steve Itkin
    September 26th, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Haven’t seen this movie, but I have it on video and will finally get to it. Hard to keep up!

  8. flickflack
    October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    You’ll have to see it soon because James Cameron alrady has two sequels planned. Actually Avatar 2 is scheduled for 2014 and Avatar 3 is schueled for 2015. Thanks for commenting! From flick

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