By the time of this writing, I have seen Avatar three times: twice in IMAX, and once in RealD 3D. The first time was for the midnight premier in IMAX. Then, I decided I wanted to see it again, so got a bunch of people to go see it in IMAX. The third time, a couple people I knew were going, and I wanted to see the movie a third time. I’m contemplating going to see it a fourth time.
Now, after reading this article and seeing the movie, you may feel the movie isn’t good enough to see it three or four times, and that’s fine. But if you go see the movie and think it was bad, then I think you’re just looking for something to complain about, so you found something. The only people I’ve heard of not liking this movie are comments I’ve read online. Every person I actually know that saw it thought it was a fantastic movie.
But, really… Why should you go see Avatar?
1. The plot line
This is the complaint I see most often, so I’m going to address it before anything else. I’m also fairly certain that this complaint comes mostly from people who haven’t seen the movie. I’m not going to argue that the plot isn’t cliché, because… well, it really is. But, that’s a terrible reason to not see a movie. First off, if the only complaint you can find about a movie is that the plot line/story has been done before, then I’d say it’s a pretty damn good movie. Overall, the basic plot line has little to do with whether a movie is good or not. Let’s face it: almost all movies have a clichéd basic plot line. The reason you like a movie is how the plot line plays out: character development, how the end is reached, tests that characters have to go through, etc. Most people would rather see a story they already know because it’s less confusing, and less to follow. You know what’s going on, you just have to sit there and go along for the ride. (continue reading…)