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MOVIE POLL: How are you feeling about Avatar two and a half years out?

06.27.2012

How are you feeling about Avatar two and a half years out?

Loved it then, love it still
Meh then, meh still
Loathed it then, loathe it still
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8:15AM on 06/28/2012
Avatar was fun, and still one of the only movies worth the extra money for 3D. I'll end up seeing the sequels because I live at the movies. But if they get cancelled, Or I never see the first one again, I wouldn't care either.
Avatar was fun, and still one of the only movies worth the extra money for 3D. I'll end up seeing the sequels because I live at the movies. But if they get cancelled, Or I never see the first one again, I wouldn't care either.
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1:55AM on 06/28/2012
Avatar was, is, and will always be the movie that I pop into my Playstation 3 whenever I have visitors just to show-off my HD TV. Fantastic visuals, great colors, good soundtrack...and that's about it. In terms of story it was pretty 'meh' in 2009 and it's still pretty 'meh' in 2012.
Avatar was, is, and will always be the movie that I pop into my Playstation 3 whenever I have visitors just to show-off my HD TV. Fantastic visuals, great colors, good soundtrack...and that's about it. In terms of story it was pretty 'meh' in 2009 and it's still pretty 'meh' in 2012.
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12:12AM on 06/28/2012
The story is and always will be laughably bad. The only reason it had legs was because the 3D effects were just so damn cool. Even with the same effects, I can't say I'll pay to see a sequel. The characters and the plot was just too stupid to care about what comes next.
The story is and always will be laughably bad. The only reason it had legs was because the 3D effects were just so damn cool. Even with the same effects, I can't say I'll pay to see a sequel. The characters and the plot was just too stupid to care about what comes next.
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11:32PM on 06/27/2012
The story and characters are cliche (to be nice about it) but the movie's visual beauty holds up on viewing after viewing. It really is an experience.
The story and characters are cliche (to be nice about it) but the movie's visual beauty holds up on viewing after viewing. It really is an experience.
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6:45PM on 06/27/2012

unobtainium - really?

Awesome visuals, an amazing cast that somehow make even the hokey stuff work, an epic story with great themes despite somewhat flawed story telling. In the end a descent piece of Sci-fi work - wait that's I feel about Prometheus.

Avatar sucks. Maybe if the cripple would have died in the end and the fluorescent squirrels hadn't gotten in the fight at the end it could have been salvaged.
Awesome visuals, an amazing cast that somehow make even the hokey stuff work, an epic story with great themes despite somewhat flawed story telling. In the end a descent piece of Sci-fi work - wait that's I feel about Prometheus.

Avatar sucks. Maybe if the cripple would have died in the end and the fluorescent squirrels hadn't gotten in the fight at the end it could have been salvaged.
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4:01PM on 06/27/2012
Does it live up to the standards of Terminator 1,2 or Aliens? No? Well there you go. Spent 20 years waiting for him to get back to the genre and thats what he put out. Final battle was the only part worth a damn
Does it live up to the standards of Terminator 1,2 or Aliens? No? Well there you go. Spent 20 years waiting for him to get back to the genre and thats what he put out. Final battle was the only part worth a damn
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3:42PM on 06/27/2012
Avatar is a great movie, it's trendy to hate on it right now, which is a shame, but it's an amazing sci-fi movie nonetheless.
Avatar is a great movie, it's trendy to hate on it right now, which is a shame, but it's an amazing sci-fi movie nonetheless.
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3:08PM on 06/27/2012

its okay

I enjoyed it when it came out because i made myself feel like i was suppose to think it was amazing. It is a good story with great director actors and effects but its only just OKAY like the story is pochahontas obviously and the thing that really bugs me is with the ending of Avatar i didnt feel the need to see a second or third one but we are getting that anyway.
I enjoyed it when it came out because i made myself feel like i was suppose to think it was amazing. It is a good story with great director actors and effects but its only just OKAY like the story is pochahontas obviously and the thing that really bugs me is with the ending of Avatar i didnt feel the need to see a second or third one but we are getting that anyway.
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1:57PM on 06/27/2012
I very much enjoyed it when it came out, but I was more or less caught in the SFX spectacular that I never really looked at the story and characters. It boasts beautiful effects and the art direction is beautiful, but the scripting could use some serious work, especially the dialogue. Honestly, it's Cameron's weakest point, if Titanic had better dialogue, it really would have shined brighter than it did and could have been one of the best blockbusters ever made.
I very much enjoyed it when it came out, but I was more or less caught in the SFX spectacular that I never really looked at the story and characters. It boasts beautiful effects and the art direction is beautiful, but the scripting could use some serious work, especially the dialogue. Honestly, it's Cameron's weakest point, if Titanic had better dialogue, it really would have shined brighter than it did and could have been one of the best blockbusters ever made.
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1:27PM on 06/27/2012
bleh ill be 50 by the time these 3 sequels are done. That being said I loved avatar and still do. I hate when people bitch about material being ripped off. How many movies are about people being persecuted and driven off their lands in the name of technology or just for the amusement of others. Its not copywritten material so people can do what they want with it. Theirs many movies that have this same formula and don't usually hear crying about them. I guess Cameron is the only who isnt
bleh ill be 50 by the time these 3 sequels are done. That being said I loved avatar and still do. I hate when people bitch about material being ripped off. How many movies are about people being persecuted and driven off their lands in the name of technology or just for the amusement of others. Its not copywritten material so people can do what they want with it. Theirs many movies that have this same formula and don't usually hear crying about them. I guess Cameron is the only who isnt allowed too do it.
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12:20PM on 06/27/2012
Call the story unoriginal (it is) but all it is is the same hero's journey story that we see in Star Wars, The Matrix, Harry Potter, etc. I find this movie pulls much more from Dune and John Carter than Dances With Wolves (which was a rip-off of Pocahontas) and Last Samurai (rip-off of Dances With Wolves). So if all these movies are essentially the same story (they are), what sets them apart? The worlds they inhabit - and Avatar excels are creating a very unique and visually dazzling world. Not
Call the story unoriginal (it is) but all it is is the same hero's journey story that we see in Star Wars, The Matrix, Harry Potter, etc. I find this movie pulls much more from Dune and John Carter than Dances With Wolves (which was a rip-off of Pocahontas) and Last Samurai (rip-off of Dances With Wolves). So if all these movies are essentially the same story (they are), what sets them apart? The worlds they inhabit - and Avatar excels are creating a very unique and visually dazzling world. Not to mention James Cameron is a master at execution. Is he good at dialogue and complex character characterization? Not particularly. He should really just be a story writer and have others handle the script. But Avatar is unfairly maligned in my opinion - try not to be entertained by a 7-foot-tall alien riding a dragon and firing off a machine gun.
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12:07PM on 06/27/2012
I don't love this movie. It's visually enthralling, but the story tries too hard to pretend it's not some retread of countless other films. Personally my favorite character is Col. Quaritch with all his corny one-liners, because Stephen Lang is an underrated talent, and he makes the bad dialogue work. I've got a 7-year-old niece who LOVES this movie, and I wouldn't be at all surprised, or disappointed, if Avatar becomes the Star Wars of a whole new generation, in an age when most franchises
I don't love this movie. It's visually enthralling, but the story tries too hard to pretend it's not some retread of countless other films. Personally my favorite character is Col. Quaritch with all his corny one-liners, because Stephen Lang is an underrated talent, and he makes the bad dialogue work. I've got a 7-year-old niece who LOVES this movie, and I wouldn't be at all surprised, or disappointed, if Avatar becomes the Star Wars of a whole new generation, in an age when most franchises have their origins dating back thirty or fifty years (see Transformers, The Avengers). I do think the film could've stood to cut a good half-hour or more from the run-time. But, whatever.
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11:45AM on 06/27/2012

Said it before...

And I'll say it again. Roger Dean must be the most gentlemanly artist in history for NOT suing the fuck out of Cameron and the studio.
And I'll say it again. Roger Dean must be the most gentlemanly artist in history for NOT suing the fuck out of Cameron and the studio.
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11:44AM on 06/27/2012

Still feel the same way I did back in 2009

The movie is visually amazing. The final battle was worth the price of admission alone. I am just hoping that now that Cameron will have even more control than he did last time, he can make a story that is original and just as amazing as the effects. I am very curious how he is going to tie in what he saw underneath the sea into his visions of other parts of Pandora. I believe I heard him say he wants to explore the underwater environment in either of the two sequels.
The movie is visually amazing. The final battle was worth the price of admission alone. I am just hoping that now that Cameron will have even more control than he did last time, he can make a story that is original and just as amazing as the effects. I am very curious how he is going to tie in what he saw underneath the sea into his visions of other parts of Pandora. I believe I heard him say he wants to explore the underwater environment in either of the two sequels.
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11:58AM on 06/27/2012
Three sequels.
Three sequels.
11:36AM on 06/27/2012
Complaints about the cliched story and white boy savior subtext aside...it is a fantastically made movie. Not just visually, but in terms of editing, pacing, and overall direction by Cameron. It never gets bogged down, keeps things fresh and moving. The action is spectacular, the world of Pandora is truly immersive and vibrant.

And even though the dialog they have to deliver is often clunky and dated (Jesse Pinkman is the only guy post-2003 who says 'bitch' at the end of every declarative
Complaints about the cliched story and white boy savior subtext aside...it is a fantastically made movie. Not just visually, but in terms of editing, pacing, and overall direction by Cameron. It never gets bogged down, keeps things fresh and moving. The action is spectacular, the world of Pandora is truly immersive and vibrant.

And even though the dialog they have to deliver is often clunky and dated (Jesse Pinkman is the only guy post-2003 who says 'bitch' at the end of every declarative sentence anymore) the acting is actually quite good from everyone involved. Particularly IMO by Stephen Graham who brings a threatening physicality and screen presence to the villain role. Its never not on TV and I don't get sucked into it.

Its what you get when you have a movie delivered by Hollywood's most skilled director (James Cameron) and one of Hollywood's laziest writers (James Cameron.)
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5:51PM on 06/27/2012
Agreed.

Stephen Lang though, not Graham
Agreed.

Stephen Lang though, not Graham
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