This is my live blog of the movie Avatar. I'm here to see it in IMAX 3D in order to fully give this movie a chance (a home court advantage if you will) and I'm live blogging to address the mythos this movie has created around itself as "revolutionary." Also to annoy the people around me.
10:30 pm: 5 minutes before start of Avatar and I've already heard my first racial slur. This movie is going to be awesome! ;D
(Next day note: The person who uttered it sat behind us and was commenting on how upscale the snack bar was as he said, "They even have fresh baked kikes!" This was followed by some awkward stuttering then finally, "I mean they have fresh baked cakes and pies." The slip was accidental, yet hilariously Freudian. Sean's and my muffled laughter displayed how we are at the height of maturity.)
10:38: Disappointed by Alice and Wonderland trailer. Only 2 3d gags? Tim Burton, you owe us more than that.
10:40: IMAX has convinced me to think big
10:43: protagonist's name is sunshine
(Next Day Note: His name is actually Jake Sully, but fuck that, his name is Sunshine.)
10:46: Movie claims that the economy is still bad, Obama to blame?
10:50: see first naked blue cat person, not aroused. James Cameron has failed me.
Sunshine is doing science
10:52: holy shit! The 3d subtitles seem so real!
10:54: we're here for "unobtainium"
(Next day note: Idea for DVD extended edition: After uttering the word "unobtainium," the whole room bursts into uncontrollable laughter. Wiping tears from their eyes, someone says, "What? We already harvest all the "space oil"?)
11:00. Inspirational avatar scene about running reminds me to work out tomorrow
11:01: hey it's the sassy lady from resident evil
colonial scar turtle is sufficiently stereotypical
11:05 I recognize helicopter things from Terminator. Same continuity?
11:08 plants are pretty
11:12: action sequence is so blurry I think I need glasses for my 3d glasses
how did sunshine know that was flammable?
11:17: blue cat lady kills space hyenas, now I'm aroused.
11:22: glowing jelly fish seeds eat sunshine, movie continues anyway
haha sunshine fell, hilarious!
Only took 45 minutes for Native American style whoops, movie shows admirable restraint
11:28: training time! Cue montage and eye of the tiger
11:30. Notice all the racist words wormy business guy is using? That's how you know he's an evil capitalist.
(Next day note: Seriously, this guy all but pulls out a "Free Trade, Malevolence, & You" phrase book and just goes wild. He stops just short of mentioning Manifest Destiny, but the viewer gets the idea. He would be hate worthy if he weren't such an obvious strawman).
11:36: lulz super altruistic scientists and flux vortex
hey movie, final fantasy wants its mountains back
11:43: prediction: sunshine will no longer see this as tree hugger crap, will use failed leaf falling technique to save hot blue lady
11:54: sunshine tames kite dragon, level up
11:56: oh no! Feral hot rod kite dragon!
11:58: prediction: sunshine will ride hot rod kite dragon, Sean predicts the planet will hit an iceburg
12:00 am: colonial scar turtle keeps empty promise for dastardly double agent deeds, threatens world tree, seems really disappointed that he can't shoot it from here
12:05: predictable, obligatory love scene leaves me super aroused
Breakfast metaphorically linked to man's expansionist evil?
12:09: Scene where video is scaled up, enhanced at 1.5 hr in, movie shows incredible restraint!
12:12: damn you evil col. scar turtle
12:14: if only the Native Americans had religious beliefs that were scientifically verifiable as opposed to simply "paganistic savagery", wait still doesn't matter to wormy business guy
12:18: tying knots around traitors wrists is a big deal to the navi
12:22: Cynacism doesn't save me from hating the military during falling action
12:29: the end... Wait no
(Next Day Note: In the Rawson Marshall Thurber Director's cut version, the movie ends with all the fiery death and destruction, Sully's name is still, well, sullied, and Colonial Scar Turtle is victorious.)
12:30: security taking a nap, mutiny goes unpunished sometimes?
(Next Day Note: Why is the person who deliberately left the field claiming, "Screw it, I didn't sign up for this" not only allowed to walk around apparently repercussion free but given a chance to get near the prisoners who are her friends and whose point of view she obviously agrees with?)
Scar turtle a terrible shot... Wait
Segourny Weaver is incredibly understanding of alien life forms considering her past experiences.
12:35: sunshine is going to, unironically, take it to the next level! attacks hot rod kite dragon, called it
12:38: huge displays of ultra man hood always make everything ok
(Next Day Note: especially duplicity that leads to one's father's death and the forced exodus of an entire people)
12:43: sad nature matrix fail... Or is it?
12:44: but they cannot take our freeedooom!
12:51: scar turtle death march
1:02: Aiewa HAS heard you, and has responded at the dramatically appropriate time!
(Next Day Note: You know, after enough of your friends have died.)
1:06: over the top awesome is happening detail later
(Next Day Note: Running along giant bombers chucking grenades into their engine intakes, hammer head rhinos, kite dragons, and giant peacock panthers killing many people and robots, and Col. Scar Turtle jumping from an exploding sky turtle/dreadnought in a robot suit. Destruction porn at it's finest! Eat your heart out Michael Bay. Also, Sunshine does use the leaf falling technique to save himself from falling to his death, so I only half called that one).
1:08: why does the giant robot need a knife?
And that's where my log ends. Spoiler alert: good guys win, white guilt fantasy fully realized, James Cameron is shown to be revolutionary when it comes to hyping a movie. Now I'm not saying the movie is bad or good at least not yet. A fuller review must be left for a soon to come update.