DF Michael, my sons Steven, Brad, and I went to see Avatar last night. What an awesome movie! Despite the heavy crowds, we were able to find pretty good seats. Considering the line went out and around the building, that wasn't an easy task. We also decided to see it in IMAX 3D. I can honestly say, the 3D thing wasnt really a necessity. Nothing came flying out at you, it just made the picture a little cooler. The premise of the movie is as such:
In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.
The visuals were amazing, the story was original, and the acting superb. I loved the story. Some say there was an underling meaning. I dont know about that. If you just watch the movie and appreciate if for what it was, you are sure to have a wonderful experience. When a 2 1/2 hour movie comes into theaters, alot of people wont bother seeing a show that is so long. However, I didnt feel like I had been sitting for any real length of time and all of the movie goers were well behaved considering there wasnt an open seat in the house. I give this movie 2 very big thumbs up. A definite must see!!