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James Camerons Avatar

Updated on September 25, 2014

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AVATAR, directed and written by James Cameron, is a science fiction 3-D epic adventure film just released on by 20th Century Fox.

If you have not seen this movie yet, GO AND SEE IT. This page will not be a film spoiler if you have not seen it, but please, go and see it. Amoung other things, there are scenes that are among the most beautiful ever put to screen, the animation is breathtaking, and watching it in 3D really brings it to life.

Avatar takes us to a spectacular world called Pandora, where humans and the native species of Pandora, the Na'vi, a primitive but skillful race of beings, engage in a war over the planet's resources and existence. The Na'Vi are beautiful and Pandora itself is full of wonder, fantasy, and mystery. Our reluctant hero, Jake Sully, embarks on a epic adventure, ultimately falling in love with the forest and one of the natives. In the end he fights against the consumerism and acquisitive earthlings to save the alien world he has learned to call home.

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New Years weekend alone Avatar has grossed $68.3 million for ticket sales. In total for the U.S. it has grossed $352.1 million. In 17 days, Avatar has surpassed over $1 billion worldwide.

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The film is composed of 60% computer-generated elements and 40% live action.

The Beauty

The most dazzling, truly wondrous element in this film is of course the computer graphic imaging. The plants, the animals and the aliens themselves are computer generated imaging truly at its very best. The planet seems so real and so well integrated, each animal has its own unique features yet they all share common characterisitcs, making the whole place seem all the mroe real. All of the plants move so gracefully side to side, light in various flourescent hues and move around when something touches them. This simply adds more wonder to this magical place.

The planet Pandora is beautiful, with floating mountians, waterfalls, fog and light that shimmers and shines as it is reflected off of all of the various plants. Everything flows together and moves switfly, it seems so real you feel as though you are truly there in this magical place.This is without a doubt a new era of computer graphic imaging that will hopefully begin to work its ways into more areas of cinema, It's cutting edge and definitely pushes the boundaries.

The Message

The story is being called "Dances with Wolves" in a futuristic setting, and the plot does seem to follow that standard 'humans go about killing and displacing the indigenous population' theme. However, there are multiple layers to the film that make it more than just that.

For me, and many others, It was a mirror to how disconnected we are spiritually and how disconnected we are with nature, which is why the Earth is in such bad shape. I loved how the aliens were connected with everything on Pandora in a mystical way and in a literal way when their hair connected them to the animals that they rode, in an essence, making them one with the animal.

For some, the "Christian" wisdom of grace and justice joins together with the "Pagan" wisdom of the goddess-as-the-web-of-life in the film and Avatar is probably the most satisfying integration of Christian and Pagan spirituality since The Lord of the Rings. Bringing Christian and Pagan values together in a way that respects both.

The Romance

In Titanic, James Cameron brought us an exhilarating, devastating, poetic, and totally unforgettabe romance. With Avatar, we are taken into the realm of science fiction with our hero falling for a native alien Na'Vi.

Like any good romance, Jake's love for the Na'vi's world and culture and for Neytiri herself grows and in the end, he is willing to fight and die for the aliens because he realizes that the humans are doing wrong to the world. Neytiri,as one would expect, doesn't care for the "alien" Jake when she first meets him but after being assigned to teach him their ways, decides to give him a chance as she has seem a sign from the goddess Eywa. She eventually grows to like and then love Jake.

Will Avatar win hearts as the romance of the decade? I give it a two thumbs up absolutly, but only time will tell.

Avatar Star Sigourney Weaver says "I consider it an old-fashioned, epic swashbuckling romance."

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The Art of Avatar

The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure
The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure

With over 100 exclusive full-color images including sketches, matte paintings, drawings, and film stills, The Art of Avatar reveals the process behind the creation of set designs for the imaginative vistas, unique landscapes, aerial battle scenes, bioluminescent nights, and fantastical creatures. Interviews with art directors, visual effects designers, animators, costume designers, and creature makers bring insight into this creative process. The Art of Avatar brings readers behind the scenes of this unprecedented moviegoing experience.


At $400 million-plus, Avatar is one of the most expensive films ever

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Avatar is Cameron's first narrative film since 1997's Titanic, which won 11 Academy Awards and has taken in $1.8billion worldwide at the box office.

The Avatar Scrapbook

James Cameron's Avatar: The Movie Scrapbook
James Cameron's Avatar: The Movie Scrapbook

Welcome to the middle of a nearby star system, where humans have discovered the moon Pandora, home to the Na'vi and the fantastic creatures that roam among them. Explore the depths of this exotic new world in this movie scrapbook, filled with images from the film and cool facts about the Na'vi!


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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      This is my all-time favorite sci-fi movie. I usually wait until the movies come out on DVD, however, I saw this on opening day and had to go back the following week. Whenever I tell people about the movie, I say that is was filmed off-world. It must have been, the scenery and all is seems soooo real! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      Hey fellow Avatar fan! Have lensrolled you to my Avatar lenses...Fellow Na'vi's unite!

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      Sonya Chappell 7 years ago from UK

      Just brilliant - took the children age 9 and 11 and we were all blown away. Great lens.

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      Beas 7 years ago

      My first 3d movie, really stunning!! So incredibly beautiful made. The story, well, let's say nothing about that but nevertheless it was really worth watching and a great experience. 5*

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      alberttwolf 7 years ago

      Loved this movie, the visuals are incredible.

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      ebrahim59 7 years ago

      best film in this century

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm a HUGE Avatar fan! Thanks for the wonderful lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Just had to stop back by on my first day as a Squid Angel and Bless this wonderful lens!

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      Adrienne Jenkins 7 years ago

      I was so disappointed in the movie

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I am home from the movie now and I just had to stop back by here and say this might be one of the best movies I have ever seen! I absolutely loved it. I am so glad you encouraged me to go! Your lens definitely made me look forward to seeing it instead of dreading it. Awesome!!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I haven't seen this movie yet. My son has asked me to go so I know I will be seeing it soon. (If he asks, I go) I haven't really been intrigued or excited about it until I read your lens. Thanks for your timely review!