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OKS Rant and Review: Avatar is BLOODY AWESOME!!

All of the estimated $ 300 million spent, all the hype and publicity and the anticipation -It all boils down to the 2hours 40 minutes spent in the dark IMAX auditorium with my 3D spectacles on. And James Cameron shows why (as he quite rightly shouted out loud in his Oscar winning speech) he is indeed the King of the World. I cannot think of any other movie which created so much buzz and excitement around it. And does it live up to all of it. It so well does. Avatar is a revolutionary piece of cinema. But apart from the technological breakthrough in its imagery, the story telling by Master Cameron and its smart comparison with contemporary geo-political situations is what makes Avatar one of the best Blockbusting, Mind-Blowing, Heart-Wrenching and Eye-Popping spectaculars.

I watched Avatar on Saturday morning with a packed audience in BFI IMAX in true 3D glory. And it was exactly how the filmmaker intended it to be savoured as. And as Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) narrates his story, we get sucked in by the heights and depths of Pandora. The space-floating scene is exceptionally well shot, and it made me feel weightless. Now I can talk and keep on talking about how awesome this movie was. But to begin with, let me tell you that there are some bloody cynical and miserable people in this world, who were wowed by the visuals of the movie [I am talking about that reviewer Larushka Ivan-Zandeh in Friday's Metro paper: ]. But the story failed to impress her and she simply sums it to be an age-old “Save The Rainforest” tale. So to reply to her, Larushka darling, it might be age-old tale for you, but there is no bigger contemporary problem facing we the citizens of earth than the global condition. Just look around and see how the global leaders at Copenhagen have finally reached at a “conclusion” by merely postponing events for next year. Avatar beautifully depicts the relation between the natural life cycle and how its disruption could be fatal for the entire population. And when you say that it is a “Save A Rainforest” tale, you actually make yourself sound like the corporate asshole Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi) who thinks it is just a mere tree out of the 12th power of 10 species in Pandora. Of course, everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. But yours, just plain sucks.

Moving on, I must say that Mr JC has indeed done the best job by waiting for the technology to catch up to suit his vision.The wait has been worth it, and the flora and fauna surrounding Pandora; each leaf of a new species and each growl of a new creature is awe-inspring. We travel across Pandora with the same fascination in our eyes as Jake Sully’s and Neytiri’s command and strong character makes us forget the fact that it is all motion-capture. And if the Na’vi do not fail to impress us, the humans are not far behind. Sigourney Weaver as Dr.Grace is spot on, and as mentioned previously, Parker Selfridge exudes corporate hunger for profit. As for heavily scarred Colonel Miles( Stephen Lang), he is a caricature model built around GW Bush (IMO) who believes in “dealing terror with terror”. To envelope all of this awesomeness in one big awesome package and deal with the geo-political issues in a sci-fi drama with a cinematic vision never seen before deserves everything -ABSO-EFFIN-LUTELY EVERYTHING.All the Oscars, the Golden Globes and even the Filmfare :P

James Horner’s score for the movie was spell binding and it captures the ambience, the beauty and also the dangerous wild side of Pandora. As for Maestro James Cameron, the man’s still got it. The action sequence is a complete How-To document on shooting a huge-ass action choreography, on celluloid. The man shows off his experience and why he remains not only the master of Action – True Lies, Aliens and Terminator, but also the Master in the art of story telling. *Bows to JC*

And yes, unlike some people who believe it is not a classic, I definitely believe otherwise. It is a game changer. Just like the first time we saw the T-Rex on the big screen, or Darth Vader use the Force, or Gimli and Legolas fight Orks, Avatar will be counted as one of the most revolutionary movies of our times. Few years on from now, we’ll remember Christmas 2009 to be the time when Avatar changed the face of cinema.
If you haven’t seen it yet, go and watch it, and make sure you watch it in 3D. You can thank me later.And now I can proudly declare myself as the member of the Avatar Fan Clan. I’ll leave you with some Bloody Awesome image captures from the Trailer. Hail Avatar! Hail Cameron!!

**SCREENSHOTS -VISUAL Nom Noms**

The Big Ass Weapon on Pandora

Big Ass War Machine

Na'vi All Force United

Na'vi Rebellion

Kaboom Marines on Pandora

Marines in Pandora

Na'vi Rebels

Na'vi Strikes

Corporate Dumbo - Avatar

Corporate Dumbos

Neytiri - Avatar

Neytiri Shoots

Marine dickheads on Pandora

Marines assemble

Love blooms and glows - Jake and Neytiri

Glowing Love in Pandora

Neytiri

Neytiri

Na'vi Rise

Na'vi Rise

Jake Sully- Avatar

Jake Sully becomes the Avatar

Me at BFI Imax :)

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  1. thnx Sujoy. I am not trying to be modest, but its 'your' blog- which provided me info abt Avatar since beginning. As I am not much into Hollywood, I wasn't reading much abt the movie besides ur posts or tweets.

    Thanks God I read them, otherwise I would have missed such a Fantabulous journey. Everything is 'oh my god – so huge' and spell binding. Right said about the music score too. Abhi bhi kaano mein goonj raha hai. Truly Masterpiece [like u've mentioned, LOTR]

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  2. thnx Sujoy. I am not trying to be modest, but its 'your' blog- which provided me info abt Avatar since beginning. As I am not much into Hollywood, I wasn't reading much abt the movie besides ur posts or tweets.

    Thanks God I read them, otherwise I would have missed such a Fantabulous journey. Everything is 'oh my god – so huge' and spell binding. Right said about the music score too. Abhi bhi kaano mein goonj raha hai. Truly Masterpiece [like u've mentioned, LOTR]

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  3. thnx Sujoy. I am not trying to be modest, but its 'your' blog- which provided me info abt Avatar since beginning. As I am not much into Hollywood, I wasn't reading much abt the movie besides ur posts or tweets.

    Thanks God I read them, otherwise I would have missed such a Fantabulous journey. Everything is 'oh my god – so huge' and spell binding. Right said about the music score too. Abhi bhi kaano mein goonj raha hai. Truly Masterpiece [like u've mentioned, LOTR]

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  4. thnx Sujoy. I am not trying to be modest, but its 'your' blog- which provided me info abt Avatar since beginning. As I am not much into Hollywood, I wasn't reading much abt the movie besides ur posts or tweets.

    Thanks God I read them, otherwise I would have missed such a Fantabulous journey. Everything is 'oh my god – so huge' and spell binding. Right said about the music score too. Abhi bhi kaano mein goonj raha hai. Truly Masterpiece [like u've mentioned, LOTR]

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  5. thnx Sujoy. I am not trying to be modest, but its 'your' blog- which provided me info abt Avatar since beginning. As I am not much into Hollywood, I wasn't reading much abt the movie besides ur posts or tweets.

    Thanks God I read them, otherwise I would have missed such a Fantabulous journey. Everything is 'oh my god – so huge' and spell binding. Right said about the music score too. Abhi bhi kaano mein goonj raha hai. Truly Masterpiece [like u've mentioned, LOTR]

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  6. Aww, thanks Joshi jee. I try what I can to spread the awesomeness :P
    So, if you do keep following me, you'll get to know of more such awesome movies.

    So glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I am buying the soundtrack very soon. It's so pure and ambient. It has oriental influences as well.

    BTW, have u seen Anurag Kashyap's Paanch. Planning on watching it tonight or 2moro may be.

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  7. Aww, thanks Joshi jee. I try what I can to spread the awesomeness :P
    So, if you do keep following me, you'll get to know of more such awesome movies.

    So glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I am buying the soundtrack very soon. It's so pure and ambient. It has oriental influences as well.

    BTW, have u seen Anurag Kashyap's Paanch. Planning on watching it tonight or 2moro may be.

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  8. Aww, thanks Joshi jee. I try what I can to spread the awesomeness :P
    So, if you do keep following me, you'll get to know of more such awesome movies.

    So glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I am buying the soundtrack very soon. It's so pure and ambient. It has oriental influences as well.

    BTW, have u seen Anurag Kashyap's Paanch. Planning on watching it tonight or 2moro may be.

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  9. Aww, thanks Joshi jee. I try what I can to spread the awesomeness :P
    So, if you do keep following me, you'll get to know of more such awesome movies.

    So glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I am buying the soundtrack very soon. It's so pure and ambient. It has oriental influences as well.

    BTW, have u seen Anurag Kashyap's Paanch. Planning on watching it tonight or 2moro may be.

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  10. Aww, thanks Joshi jee. I try what I can to spread the awesomeness :P
    So, if you do keep following me, you'll get to know of more such awesome movies.

    So glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I am buying the soundtrack very soon. It's so pure and ambient. It has oriental influences as well.

    BTW, have u seen Anurag Kashyap's Paanch. Planning on watching it tonight or 2moro may be.

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  11. After watching this movie, I feel the earth needs a swift cleansing off of the scum of the majority of the greedy human population which has deviated from nature. I see humans as morons hell bent on processing all that is natural until it becomes a dead and stylish item to show off or make money out of. While technology is very good, if used wisely, it should also preserve the balance of nature. The opposite is happening.

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  12. I think this decade we should see the emerging prominence of greener alternatives and if Sci Fi predictions are right, it is high time for us to find greener fuels. Else, we would have to travel to distant planets to find unobtainium :P

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  13. i must agree it is bloody awesome…

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