It was a phenomenal movie. Did Avatar deserve to win? As they say in Fargo, ND, you betcha! Three of nine’s not saying much. Don’t get me wrong. The Hurt Locker’s a great film – but, it’s not a phenomenal film. I’ve seen them both, but I only saw Avatar four times, not The Hurt Locker. The Hurt Locker’s a once and done kind of film with a good story (though not a terribly accurate portrayal of BDU guys with a liberal amount of creative license involved.) and good characters and the right amount of tension.
Some folks have said Avatar‘s Pocahontas’ story skinned over a lovely cgi world. While you can certainly see parallels, I think it was just great story telling on the part of James Cameron. It was a straight-forward plot. Jake would go native and save the Na’vi people. From Jake running out of the exam room and flexing his toes in the Pandoran soil, to the leaping off the limb falling down through the forest, to the ride on the Banshees down the cliff face, James Cameron did an excellent job telling it. Everyone who had a hand in that movie did a great job.
It’s a damn shame that Zoe Saldana didn’t get any Actress nomination from the Academy for Neytiri. I thought she did a great job with the Na’vi accent, and all those facial expressions and body language Neytiri had. In my opinion, good blue screen actors always get the short end of the stick when it comes to any of the awards societies. Take for example, Naomi Watts didn’t get the nod for Best Actress nor Best Supporting Actress from the Academy in King Kong (2005) but it was her performance that sold those scenes, not the big monkey (note: per imdb.com, Naomi did pick up some awards from other lesser known awards societies, but no mention from the folks at the big Academy). The big monkey was simply a part of the story and it was artfully done by the special effect cgi guys (who did get the Oscar awards).
94 million tickets sold and rising folks!
Balrogs, John! Balrogs!!1