I am just back from the Sangam Cinema Hall in New Delhi after viewing James Cameron’s Avatar (Hindi version, 2-dimensional) and I am not very impressed (like many others in the cinema hall). Here is why I did not like it in a nutshell:
Weak story line does not complement the visuals
All attention on the visuals, settings or whatever you call it. The film is good for viewing pleasure but not for your thinking pleasure. It is a lame story, hackneyed plot and you get a feeling nobody was worried about a proper skeleton for those grandiose visuals.
The film had many occasions for some strong dialogue delivery, debate, discussion, one liners etc. on various themes that matter to humanity. All these opportunities were missed.
Many loopholes in the film
It is longer than what was required ( becomes boring at times, gives headache once in a while) and many situations and themes in the film that deserved greater attention and better handling (like the growing compassion of the protagonist for the Pandora people) have been cursorily dealt with and this list of woes is only indicative and not exhaustive. I liked it for the visuals just the same (some action sequences towards the end were breathtaking).
People in the washroom during intermission were cursing James Cameron for taking so many years and spending so much money without the desirable effect! My rating 7 out of 10. Much ado about nothing!
I want to see ‘Lord of the Rings’ again, needless to say. 🙂