Avatar – 2D – 
The man who made the word Love to be synonym with Titanic, sci-fi action to be synonym with Terminator is back after 12 years and how?? This time he has took 3D in his hands to take the film world to another level. So is he succeeded in his attempt and also won the hearts of the audiences just like before??
The story is quite simple which can be easily fitted into the fusion of 2 genres: fantasy and sci-fi. Film takes place in 2154 A.D. when the Humans traveling to one of moons of Polyphemus, Pandora, which belong to Alpha Centuri A to colonize that land for its minerals, which belongs to Navi people who resemble human but taller than humans, blue in colour, have a tail but still not civilized i.e. still living a life along with nature. Humans can’t breathe in their atmosphere as it is completely surrounded by Ammonia. So the human scientists making Avatars which are the fusion of Human and Navi genes and sent to Pandora to understand that land.
Jake Sally, Grace Augustine and few others goes into the Pandora land but by accidentally Jake Sally was captured by the Navi People and the leader of them asks his daughter, Neytiri, to teach their customs. They love each other.
But while sending him, the orders given to Sally was to force the Navi people to move out their land so that the humans can explore their land easily. But Sally attracted by the Navi people and lifestyle, he becomes one among them. He fights along with the Navi people against Humans and what happens then forms the climax.
So have you seen anything out of the world in this story? I am sure you couldn’t. Before going into the most important aspect of this film which ties us to the seat and keeps our eyes glued to the screen, I like to say another reason is its screenplay. Cameron takes his time to introduce and to make us adapt to his imaginative world which is full of surprises which makes us to think whether our Earth also would have been like that a million years ago or before. The pace of the film never wavers because it’s throwing surprises every time and in the end just like any Cameron film, it reaches a all-out war situation and I can say every second of this film is worthy and required.
As far as the acting part is considered everyone has played their part well but not any significant performances from any of them and script also didn’t require the same. Sam Worthington played the lead role Jake Sally, a former U.S. Marine, paralyzed from waist to leg, Sigourney Weaver (of Aliens fame) played as Scientist Dr. Grace Augustine and the main villain of the film, the role of Quaritch is played by Stephen Lang.
Neytiri, the princess the Navi tribals, is played by Zoe Saldana and you have read it right, it was played by her and you can’t say the same when you watch the movie because you can’t say she was a human on screen. And like her, few of the Navi people characters are played by humans.
The music is by James Horner which is quite soothing and haunting. Be it in the romancing scenes or in the war scenes his music just right. In the intervals, this music was played and I am able to picturize the scenes. Amazing score.
Cameron has worked on Navi language(which consist of 1000 words), created that beautiful world Pandora which is quite astonishing. Be it its flora which consists of those glittering Helicordian, those flying flower like thing and its many other things or its fauna which consist of most brutal of all the animals dragon-like Banshee’s, horses-like Direhorses, A rhinoceros-like Hammerhead Titanothere, Thanator a six-legged, 24-feet long creature which is created exclusively by Cameron who wanted to outdo his previous creation the Alien Mother in Alien and some more.
He also explains the Navi people’s life with nature so well, by their bonding with the Banshee’s and the direhorses. Only when they are bonded with them, they can be controlled by the people. There are lot of other thing which can’t be explained but only can be seen and experienced.
Cameron said that this story was written by 1985 and in the year 1994 the script was finished. In 1996, he announced that ‘Avatar’ is going to be his next film after Titanic. But he postponed this film as he found that he didn’t have required advancement in technology to shoot this film. In 2005, he felt that time has came to take up this project and he worked towards it.
The most important technological advancement he has made in this film is, until now the motion capture means the actors will perform and then the digital environment will be added. But Cameron specially made stereoscopic cameras which will capture the images of real time and the virtual camera will show how the virtual counterparts behaves in digital environment simultaneously. There are lot of other technological advancement made in this film which pushes us to a confused state on whether the things we are seeing were real or CG. And Cameron rightly quoted, “Ideally at the end of the day the audience has no idea which they’re looking at”.
After watching I couldn’t classify what is real in that film and what is not. Its a brilliant piece of special effects which makes to call the effects of 2012 as nothing. To praise the special effects of this film, I am yet to find a word. All I can say is, this is way beyond our time.
So you can ask whether there is no drawback in this film. There are quite lot from age-old story, Navi tribals speaking English to lot of scenes reminds Cameron’s previous films but all of these cons were so small considering what Cameron has delivered on the screen.
Avatar – Movie world redefined.
PS: I have watched this movie in 2D as I couldn’t get the tickets for 3D. I am going to watch in 3D by this month end and will share that experience by Jan 2nd. If you choose to watch this movie, make sure you watch it in theatres, preferrably in 3D.