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[Dec. 29th, 2009|10:30 pm]

Wound up seeing "Avatar". Definitely the most beautiful episode of "Captain Planet" I've ever seen. The main moral of the story is that chicks dig a dude with a totally sweet car. Or a dragon is also fine. Whatever.

I was genuinely impressed by the visuals, particularly how I didn't really notice the transitions between the live and animated bits. There was just a bit of uncanny-valley-ism going on from time to time, but the state of the art of CG facial expressions is pretty damn good by now. The plot was, if you wanna be generous about it, uh, "archetypal". If not, then it you could call it a ball of clichés. The writing was occasionally awkward, with a phrase here or there that just sounded sort of... tone-deaf. But heck it was some pretty fun entertainment, and the 3d was used very tastefully, and there were a bunch of sweet alien animals and plants and giant awesome blue people and floating mountains that were just too awesome for me to want to complain about them being totally implausible. (7/10)

[User Picture]From: cdtwigg
2009-12-30 04:31 am (UTC)
We got to work on some of the explody bits and a bunch of floating mountain stuff:
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2009-12-30 08:57 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Did you personally do anything notable?
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[User Picture]From: physics_dude
2009-12-30 05:08 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure why the humans didn't just build some ICBMs or something.
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[User Picture]From: ohhim
2009-12-30 05:32 am (UTC)
I'm in the same camp (after seeing it in IMAX 3D last night). Visually stunning, predictable plot, neat movie experience.
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[User Picture]From: mellowcupcake
2009-12-30 06:39 am (UTC)
I really loved the FernGully remake - just missed Tim Curry as the villain.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2009-12-30 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah yeah it obviously had elements of that too. I did like the military-dude villian. BoingBoing said they might have liked him to be less comically exaggerated (which I could do without; I sort of liked him just as ridiculous as he was) and also for the weedly corporate villian dude to get any real onscreen comeuppance at all (which I think I would have preferred)
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2009-12-30 11:10 pm (UTC)
er that first sentence sounds more "brushing you off" whereas I intended it to be more "in hindsight wholehearted agreement"
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