My thoughts on Avatar

There are certain traditions that we have during the holidays. Some nut will attack the Pope, another nut will sue over the location of a Christmas ornament, and everyone will complain about the commercialism of Christmas.

Around my home, we go to the movies. This year we decided to watch Avatar. It was a cold and rainy afternoon and I wasn’t really in the mood but Willy couldn’t be talked out of it. Afterall, it was a tradition.

As I pulled into the theater parking lot, I couldn’t believe my eyes. People were standing in line in the rain waiting for tickets to Avatar.

“That’s not nearly as bad as the line for Harry Potter,” said Willy cheerfully.

“Are you sure that you wouldn’t want to do this on another day?”

Yeah, like that would work.

I was shocked at the price of the tickets until Willy wised me up that this was a 3D showing. Crap, I hate 3D. I noticed that he kept this to himself until after I was paying for the tickets. I wished the ticket seller a Merry Christmas, which seemed to make her day, and headed straight for the ticket collector or the ripper as I like to call him. The ripper did his job and directed us to the first theater on the left. Unfortunately; it was the third theater on the left, no problem it wasn’t rocket science to figure it out.

We managed to find some good seats and sat for what seemed to be an eternity watching ads. Finally; the movie started. I fumbled putting my 3D glasses over my regular glasses.

I have to admit that I have never seen anything like it before. The visual effects were stunning. I was amazed with everything until a load bang and some lights in the rear of the theater came on.

“Now what !?!?”

For about 5 minutes, the movie continued without sound. One of the most expensive movies to make was now playing like a Charlie Chaplin movie. Without any explanation, we had another loud bang and the sound returned. Unfortunately for me my ears were ringing by that point, so the return of the sound was not my main concern. Despite the Carmike 10’s best efforts to ruin both my ears and my enjoyment of the movie. I still give Avatar high marks.

The plot is very predictable, think Dune, Dances with Wolves, A Man Called Horse, etc. Of course, an evil minion of an evil corporation tries to destroy the lives of the happy natives. You would think that Hollywood could find a better villain than evil corporations but I guess not.

What sets this movie apart from any other movie is its visual effects. Forget the forgettable plot, you should see this movie and you should see it in 3D.

It’s not just a movie. it’s an experience.

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