blo Teens Read and Write: Avatar

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


We took a few days off and saw some movies. First on board… Avatar!

First things first…WOW! I have never seen anything like this before. I was skeptical that it wouldn’t live up to the 10 year hype but it definitely gave you the goods.

Our story begins when a our protagonist Jake Sully (great name by the way), a pa
raplegic ex-marine, is awoken from a 5 year nap in cryo-stasis on his way to Pandora, a planet covered in dense jungle and inhabited by a humanoid-ish race of 10 foot tall blue hunters called the Na’vi. Since the air is poisonous to breath and negotiators are needed, Jake is given an Avatar to control.

Avatars are remote controlled bodies that are identical to the local Na’vi population. While Jake can’t walk in his human body, in his Avatar he is footloose and fancy free. The scene where he is in his Avatar for the first time and
can walk, run, jump and play basketball is great. His childlike joy is infectious.

A major mining corporation wants the rock that is under the massive tree that the Na’vi live in. Jake is supposed to either help negotiate them out of there or find a weakness that the corporation and their ex-military thugs can exploit. At first Jake is on board with the plan but after getting separated from his group on his first mission, Jake (in his Avatar body) is taken in by the tribe and taught the ways of the Na’v
i. Eventually comes to appreciate their ways and also falls in love.

I have not seen special effects like this in my life. I saw this in 2D because a friend of ours had seen it in both 2D and 3D. He suggested we see it first in 2D because while some things are poppin
g out of the screen a lot of other things are blurred…and you will want to look at everything else. He was right.

It was jaw dropping. The world that is created is gorgeous, creative, fantastic and phenomenal. At one point in the movie I was so immersed in the world that I had forgotten that I was in the m
ovie theater, and that was in the 2D.

Honestly, at first the Na’vi people look very similar - you’re so focused on them being big and blue - but as you watch and get more into the storyline, you begin to see the subtle physical and personality differences that make them unique individuals. It was fasc
inating. The vegetation and wildlife are equally engrossing and beautiful.

The story was fantastic! Classic yet so different that it felt brand new. You WILL get connected to all of the chara
cters and make audible noises when something bad happens to them. I will say that the main villain felt very cliché, one dimensional, almost a caricature of a bad movie villain from the 70’s or 80’s. But all the other characters had incredible depth and believability.

Things you should know:

- Avatar is long. 3-hour kind of long.
Make sure you go to the bathroom beforehand and stay light on the beverages - you don’t want to miss anything because of a bathroom break!

- Avatar is not for very young children. The first half? Yes, all ages could see it but the second half has some violence that I wouldn’t recommend for younger kids. You come to care abou
t the people and the planet and the bad guys come in with weapons blazing and no mercy. Characters you love die, and even Alyssa got very upset when a horse-like creature was burned alive and a panther-like animal was gutted.

- Avatar is emotionally and physically exhausting. It could have something to with the length but I think is also has to do with how involved you become within the story. You ride this rollercoaster of feelings and we were all very tired afterward.

When I walked out I was having trouble finding the words to describe what I had seen, which for me is a cosmic anomaly that happens once every 400 years. Without further ado, I’ll simply say…

See this movie. And see it on the big screen. Avatar is one of the few movies that lives up to all the hype! Grab a ticket and GO!


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I saw Avatar in 3D and LOVED it...very long, but totally worth it! :)

Shweta said...

I loved this movie. I watched it in 2D so I might see it again on 3D but definitely a giant leap in film making..When I reviewed it a few days back I had to sit for like 30 min to just gather my thoughts because it was a WOW..

Stormi said...

I just can't get myself in the mood to see it. I just don't think its a film for me..the colors are beautiful..its just...I don't know...glad you liked it though.

Hot Off the Shelves said...

We saw this over Christmas weekend and have to agree with you. It was fantastic! Much more than I had ever hoped it would be.

Eleni said...

I agree! I loved Avatar, it had everything from romance to action. It seriously moved me, it's like I knew the definitely lived up to the hype! Thanks for sharing your review girl :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Oh yes! Best movie of the year and it did not disappoint. I'm sseeing it again on Thursday. Been a long time since I wanted to see a movie twice in the theatre!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I cannot wait to see this. I've only heard fantastic things about it. Glad you enjoyed it!

April (BooksandWine) said...

I'm seeing this tonight in 3-D on a date (with my boyfriend, but still date nights are exciting!) and I can't fricken wait. Your review was the (Yes, I toss 90s slang around still)

Ahhhh I absolutely cannot wait!

Nice job, Jake :-D

Heather G. said...

I'm so glad you loved it...I can't wait to see it now!

Mel u said...

I saw this movie with my wife, 11 and 13 year old daughter. We saw it in 3D-We all totally loved it-it was the most enjoyable movie any of us have ever seen-we all cheered at the ending--great review

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

My brother in law and his girlfriend are in town for New Years and we are going to go see it! I'm pretty freakin' excited!

Kirthi said...

I watched avatar in 3-D, and it was amazinggg!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

YA Book Queen said...

Such an awesome movie. I saw it in 3D, and I still can't get over how breathtaking the visuals were. Now I wish it was on DVD already!

Natalie said...

Sounds awesome! I'm definitely going to see this one!

And I'm glad you guys FINALLY got on to see that you made the top 10 list. Lol. I was nearly giddy with excitement to tell you guys that you'd made it, but I said I wouldn't tell anyone until the tie-breaking votes were in. Congrats again! You deserve it :)

Unknown said...

I've heard mixed reviews about this movie but mostly good. I really want to see it!

You also have an award waiting for you!

Jake Kirk@Teens Read and Write said...

Melissa – We’ll probably see it in 3D eventually, and yes…very long

Shweta – I understand!


Jasmyn – I was expecting a lot and I got more than even that!

Eleni – It is packed full of goodness for sure!

Diane – Same here!

So Many Books – It is a definite must see

April – I hope your enjoy the 3D experience!

Hmsgofita – Don’t wait!

Mel U – Glad everyone enjoyed it, and thank you!

Michelle – You won’t be disappointed!

Kirthi – I’m glad YOU enjoyed it!

Lea – Blue-Ray! Blue-Ray!

Natalie – For sure, and Thank You!

Book Snob – Definitely a must see!

Unknown said...

AMEN - your review is soo much better than mine, I just cant even think I saw it tonight and WOW...just WOW - brilliant, breath taking, beautiful, the story - characters, music, scenes - it all was perfect! AMEN - it's a 100% go see kinda movie!

ParaJunkee said...

I'm going to see this on Saturday. Can't wait! Loved the review. I usually get all upset when the horses and stuff die in the movies. Kill the main characters - who cares - but the beloved horse. OMG when the gladiator guy rode his horse to death - I was so POd!

ParaJunkee said...

I'm going to see this on Saturday. Can't wait! Loved the review. I usually get all upset when the horses and stuff die in the movies. Kill the main characters - who cares - but the beloved horse. OMG when the gladiator guy rode his horse to death - I was so POd!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Wow. What a review. Thank you. I can't wait to see this.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad it lived up to the hype. I really want to see this one.

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

I am so excited about this. I can't go to the Theatre my husband is a kid himself...SOOO I cant bring him anywhere. LOL

Miriam said...

I saw this film on Tuesday and it was really great. The characters, the design, everything was really good. The story was simple but effective, but I do think it works. I'd say 2d is better than 3d for this film since the 3d is subtle and kinda made me dizzy :)

mariska said...

Haven't seen this movie yet. but i'm really looking forward to watch it soon :)

J.Teare said...

Hey Jake! I can't wait to see Avatar. It should be an amazing movie!!! Thanks for the great review!!!

Alexia561 said...

Sounds like an amazing movie! Thanks for the great review!

mariska said...

I saw this movie last night. And i was lost :)
i think i have to watch it again today !

kalea_kane said...

Nicely done! We saw it in 3D on New Year's day. My husband hadn't seen a 3D film since I think Jaws in 3D. He loved it too. He couldn't get over the effects.

Athira said...

I agree, I LOVED Avatar!!! It was mind-blowing!!

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