Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dudes. I Saw Avatar. Twice.


Yep, you heard that right. I, who almost never do that. Especially not any animated or pseudo-animated movie. I would rather be home washing dishes than sit through most movies for a second time.

But last night the older boys wanted to see Avatar again. And as I saw Avatar for the first time in 2-D and we proposed to see it this time in 3-D, that seemed reasonable.

I know mostly Conservatives read this blog, so I will take a moment to address James Cameron's apparent Green Agenda. OK. The guy loves trees and the environment And he portrays the military as corporate lackeys in league to destroy as many environments as possible in search of the almighty dollar. Yep. Naked Hollywood Green Agenda. I saw it right away, was momentarily annoyed, then got back to enjoying this GORGEOUS MOVIE.

Avatar really is very beautiful. For me, the visual majesty of the scenes is one of the most fun parts. But also the way in which the plot brings me in and makes me care about the characters. So often movies leave me behind emotionally. Not this one. Even on the second go-round I was inwardly cheering and still got goosebumps.

And it was fun to stand around afterward and overhear grandmother types remarking how they were SURE they would not like the movie and found themselves unwillingly enjoying the heck out of it.

Did I tell you the 4:30pm showing was sold out? SOLD OUT. This movie has been out FOREVER.

Now I want to be able to tell you which version to see. But I can't decide. The 2-D version was brighter and more colorful and very very beautiful. The 3-D version was a tad bit murkier though still beautiful, and I had this contraption sliding down my nose the whole time. But I saw some things in 3-D that I completely missed the first time. Like the control room. They sat at consoles with holographic "cups" for screens around the round desks. Didn't even notice that the first time around. So some of the technological magic was lost in 2-D.

Either way you can't go wrong. See the movie on the big screen. You will be glad you did.

51 comments:

Bungalow Bill said...

You almost make me want to see it, but it's the message I have problems with. If I go, it will be to the 3D version, that way I will get past the message.

Opus #6 said...

Bill, if you are waiting for a movie out of HOLLYWOOD to carry a Conservative message, you will be waiting a long time.

Red said...

Husband saw it. I have not. Visually it is tempting but I don't know if I want to part with my hard earned cash to line James Cameron's pockets on this one.

Red said...

I heard it was like Star Wars meets FernGully: The Last Rainforest.

beachgirl said...

I haven't seen Avatar yet but want to as everyone who has seen the movie LOVED it.

Arby said...

You are a better American consumer than I am. I simply will not fund the other side, and I find that I really do not miss going to the movies.

WoFat said...

Avatar? I'm going to watch Desk Set again (for the 300th time) today, after lunch.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
Stay Safe.

Opus #6 said...

Red, voting with your pocketbook is the heart of Capitalism. Rock on!

Opus #6 said...

Cindy Beachgirl, you will probably need to wait in line if your town is like mine.

Opus #6 said...

Arby, did you change your avatar? You used to look a bit like Cary Grant... ;-)

Opus #6 said...

Wo, I just looked at a trailer for Desk Set and I think I will have to watch that soon.

cbullitt said...

I'll probably see it, even with the "Last Samurai in Outer Space" plot.

Happy New Year, Opus.

They Say/We Say said...

Happy New Year Everyone!

Nickie Goomba said...

Opie, I've reached the point where I can no longer trust your film reviews. I believe it was you who told me The Ugly Truth would win an Oscar for Best Picture.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, you're wrong. I told you the ugly truth was that I wanted a Dodger Dog, while watching the west pitcher.

Opus #6 said...

TSWS, and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

Opus #6 said...

Cbull, just suspend reality for about 2 hours and 40 minutes. ;-)

Teresa said...

Alright, that settles it, I am going to see Avatar. It sounds like a great movie to see.

Amusing Bunni said...

Hi Opie, I told you you'd luv it! Now you've seen it 2x, ahead of me. Maybe I'll see it agian in 2 D in a few weeks when it gets reduced to $5
Happy New Year!

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Dudes ????

Candle said...

My wife and I had decided not to see this movie...and I just leaned over and said I wanted to see it now. I'm enduring withering scorn...:)

LL said...

I saw Avatar too and enjoyed it thoroughly. I too saw Avatar a second time (with my daughter) in 3D.

Money well spent...strange Hollywood agenda notwithstanding.

Opus #6 said...

Candle, tell her how exultant she will feel when she is proven right and you both hate the movie. Take her to see it tomorrow. ;-)

Opus #6 said...

LL, yeah, I too felt like my money was well spent.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, I know you live in the inland of California, but do I really have to explain the various uses of the word "dudes" to you? ;-)

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, you will like the 2D version a lot. Enjoy!

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, it is a great movie. I think you will like the lead male.

Just a conservative girl said...

I didn't like it. But, it isn't my kind of movie to begin with. I also fell asleep. A warm dark room was too much for me to resist the urge to nap.

I hope you and yours enjoyed your evening tonight. Oh, wait it isn't 2010 for you yet.

Have a fun night. I hope after the year you had, you enjoy tonight. You deserve it.

Maisy said...

I haven't seen this movie yet. Charlie and I rarely have a chance to get out to movies anymore. We did get to go the day after Christmas, but we opted to see "Sherlock Holmes," instead. And we really enjoyed that. I imagine that I'll see Avatar at some point, but not in the theater. :)

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Opie, you do not have to explain. I have a son that USED to use it. Depending on what is happening at the time, dude can have 1001 different meanings.

Catawissa Gazetteer said...

Thanks for following me, Opus. I was going to go see this movie in 3-D but now you've got me thinking it may be just as good in 2. And I wouldn't have to wear the glasses and get that slight queasy feeling I got with Monsters vs. Aliens. It didn't seem to bother my granddaughter which may mean this age related and I don't even like to say those words.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, I was teasing you. I knew I was mis-using the term, as elderly as I am, HA! And you picked up on it right away. :-D

Opus #6 said...

JACG, Ooops. I forgot to explain that I thought it was a combination of Star Wars and Eragon. If you like those types of movies you will like this. If not....

Opus #6 said...

Maisy, so great to see you here! It is good to know your tastes before plunking down the kind of money it takes to go to the movies nowadays. How was Sherlock Holmes? I hear good things about it.

WomanHonorThyself said...

wow glad u liked it so much!..lol..HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND!..I went dancing.woohoo!:)

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Wow, between you and Bunni, I'm convince and will have to check it out. :D

Candle said...

HAPPY NEW YEARS ! :) I may go see Avatar today (will buy a ticket for Holmes and sneak in).

Euripides said...

Hey Opus! Thanks for the note and the concern. I've been fighting the economy and political idiocy behind the scenes for the past month. I'll get back to writing with the new year.

Avatar was beautiful and visually appealing, but as a long-time SF reader, I thought the story was a bit too Pocahontas meets FernGully. Ah well. Loved the 3D, though.

Cheers and have a splendid new year!

sig94 said...

Pocahontas meets Fern Gully -- heh, right on target. But it was indeed visually stunning and I decided that if a chick wants to paint herself blue, that's fine with me. Roowwrr. I will buy the DVD when it comes out.

Annette Piper said...

Sounds like a great movie - we don't see many movies until they come to the small screen here, but sounds like I might have to make an effort with this one.

TRESTIN MEACHAM said...

It had good special effects, but the movie was lame. I'm sick of all this save mother Gaia eco crud.

Guy Average said...

You wash dishes?

Did I miss the point of the post...sorry, I do that a lot.

Carry on.

Opus #6 said...

Guy, indeed I do wash dishes. A whole lot of them, if you figure how many kids I have at home (usually 4).

Opus #6 said...

Trestin, I guess my moderate side must be showing. I am a closet environmentalist. Not to the point of turning water off on farmers for a stupid minnow that is not on the endangered list. But I agree with the overall idea that animals subsist on plants and ultimately we will survive only if the ecosystem is healthy enough to support us as a human race.

Opus #6 said...

Annette, it is worth the extra bucks to see the big screen version.

Opus #6 said...

Sig, the blueness didn't bother me, either. ;-)

Opus #6 said...

Euripides, such is the difficulty that comes with being too highly educated. ;-)

Opus #6 said...

Catawissa, you can't go wrong. 2D should be just fine.

Opus #6 said...

Candle, you are incorrigible.

Opus #6 said...

Fuzzy, did you see it?

Opus #6 said...

WHT, I love dancing. It has been forever!