Quick movie review: "Avatar" 

James Cameron's mega-expensive-10+-years-in-the-making-uber-epic-that-will-revolutionize-the-nature-of-film-and-possibly-end-war-and-cure-acne is a genuinely impressive experience. The plot (imperialist money-grubbing Earthlings attack the Native American-ish inhabitants of another planet) is simplistic, the characters are one-dimensional and I didn't care. I was swept away, captivated, and even as I noted the film's problems, I shook them off because the whole point was to be immersed in another world and Cameron pulled that off. Yeah, the planet Pandora looks like the side of a '70s van, but what a great van! The jungle is full of quasi-dinosaurs and life-forms that resemble some of the more beautiful, bizarre undersea critters on Earth. The indigenous people, the Na'vi, are tall and lithe and pleasant to look at. As for the blending of live-action, motion capture and CGI, I never even thought about it. To those of you still holding out on the movie, all I can say is that I understand your resistance, but suggest you go ahead and give it a shot. It's not a great movie, but it is a great experience. The 2 hour, 43 minutes running time flies by. And do see it in 3D IMAX. The regular theater 3D screens cost $12.50, so why not spring for the $15 and see it in IMAX? 163 minutes.

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