Friday, January 1, 2010

Avatar Review (among other things)

Thanks for following, Milli! YAY! :)

And happy New Year, everyone :)

Tonight I was supposed to be babysitting, but that got canceled so we're going over to Matt and Katie's (little brother and little sister's) house for a New Year's party. Tons of people are going to be there. Tons. It's going to be...utterly insane. I'm talking like seven families. Around 30 people. In one house. >:D This should be fun.

Today has been fairly uneventful. I went to be at...uh, just...late, and woke up at 11:30 :O My mom was surprisingly cool with that. *shrug* Okay, I'll take it. Then, I talked on gmail (what else is new?), then ate lunch, then went on a walk with my family. We took our black lab, Licorice (or Licky for short). She's my baby :)

The wind was COLD, and it made my sinuses hurt, but the walk was still fun. The sun actually came out about halfway into the walk, which was great. One thing (of many XD) that I hate about winter: it's always either nighttime or cloudy. No sun. And I LOVE sun.

We walked around in a house that's under construction. My dad and Licky go there a lot, but Licky won't go up the stairs because they're construction steps and she can see through them. But guess what? When I was there, she went up the steps with me :) *Aw* I love my doggie :D

Anyway, the house was nice, but not a Mr. Leon House (Mr. Leon is Matt and Katie's dad). Once you get used to looking, you can just tell when a house is one Mr. Leon has built. LOL, after ten years of walking through house after house that he's built, I've become pretty good at identifying his work.

Hmm, that came out really stuck up. LOL, I didn't mean it like that XD

But anyway, so far today has been good, but pretty chill. Tonight, though, at Matt and Katie's house... O.O :) That's really gonna be something to post about XD

Oh, a quick word about Avatar for those of you who might be wondering what I thought of it:

On a scale of 1-10, my personal rating is about 5, maybe 6. The graphics were AMAZING, absolutely stunning. The acting was fine, the script was fine, but the plot...the plot (in my opinion) wasn't very good.

Plot (no spoilers): The American army is trying to get to this really awesome, valuable rock found on the planet Pandora. Unfortunately, the Na'vi, who live on Pandora, have a village right over the bed of really awesome, valuable rock. The American army wants the rock.

Whoo hoo XD

That wouldn't have been so bad if the villains hadn't been so BLAH. The main "evil guy", an American colonel, is mean for one reason only: the wants the rock.

...

What? That doesn't seem like a good enough reason to be a raving mad evil guy determined to kill everyone in his way?

I didn't think so either.

He was VERY two-dimensional, which is especially pathetic because we saw it in freaking 3D ;)

One last issue:

The movie portrays Na'vi (eco-friendly natives who want nothing but peace and happen to be sitting on a valuable resource) as the terrorists of the real world. The movie then portrays the crazed American army who will stop at nothing to get at the resource as America.

Think I'm reading too much into this? I am not. The comparison is fairly in-your-face. Notice the phrases "shock and awe" and "preemptive strike". Whoever made the movie was clearly trying to show the American army as evil and the terrorists as victims. If you like that sort of thing, fine. I did not.

So, that's my take on the movie. I did not really like it. I may want to see it again, but I was disappointed greatly.

:D So...have a great rest of the day, and I'm headin' to Matt and Katie's!

~Kendra

7 comments:

Englehart said...

I saw Avatar a week ago and on a scale of 1 to ten I would give it 7. The Graphics totally got me!!!


Kenna

Jillian said...

I agree for the most part.
Graphics=great
plot=blah
And there was some new age concepts.
And my butt was so sore (I like moving) after the almost three hours it took, that I'm not sure it was worth it.

(SPOILER)
My fav character was Trudy, the kick butt pilot.
And she dies in the end.
Fav line is also from Trudy,
when fighting the bad guy:
"You're not the only one with a gun b*tch".

Overall, I'm wondering if it was worth it.
But I do love movies.

Milli said...

I didn't see Avatar yet, but the trailer looked awesome!
Happy New Year

Einar said...

I kinda figured Avatar would be a combination of Tree-Huggerism and anti American crud.

That alone wouldn't stop be from watching it, as I enjoy special effects as much as the next geek, but I then heard that it had a lot of language, and that the Navi weren't dressed in a particularly modest manner.

That cut it for me, I don't like movies THAT much, I'm gonna just go read a book.

Chris said...

Hmm. You're like the fifth person I've talked to who didn't like it. But then, about five other people said they loved it! I think I'll have to judge for myself. :P

AEGIS said...

I haven't seen it yet, but I heard that if you liked Pocohontas (Disney) then you would like Avatar.
What do you day to that?

Kendra Logan said...

Englehart: They were *really* good.

Jillian: LOL, sore butt XD Sorry. Oh, I know, she was awesome, right? I think we got the same impression of the movie :D

Milli: The trailer just about does it justice. The graphics are amazing, and a lot of people really liked it, just not me. So, I still think it's a good movie.

Einar: It kind of is tree-hugger-ish, but it's different. They aren't fighting for Earth's trees, and the trees on Pandora have different properties, ones worth fighting for (even IMO). So, I say that you can't really have a parallel there XD Plus, I'm hugely anti-treehugger (LOL), and I was able to sit through it without ripping off the armrests or something.

The language really isn't that bad. Well, kind of. I didn't think it was *too* bad.

Well, the Na'vi's culture is different! They dress differently to go with it. But, I can understand how you'd just as soon not watch it. I'm just saying there was nothing immoral about it. Actually, the portrayal of marriage was my favorite thing about the movie. It was extremely beautiful, sacred, and final.

Chris: Let me know what you think!

AEGIS: Someone told me that, too! But I completely forgot about it during the movie. I can see the similarities though, for sure :)

~Kendra