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Old 12-18-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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First off, this movie cost about $300 million to make. That's absurd (and I'm not complaining that it's a waste of money....every single penny will wind up in some workers pocket, one way or another before this is all over). My point is that without Titanic grossing 2 BILLION dollars when it was all said and done, this project gets budgeted MAYBE 1/5th that amount. James Cameron asks, James Cameron gets.

I'm going to see it. I expect to be amazed, and I doubt I'll be disappointed. The guy knows how to make movie magic. But he also is a very poor writer. His scripts always produce tin-eared dialogue that no REAL person would ever produce in the same situations if they could somehow analogously be duplicated in our World. He's also a hack when it comes to plot and story. Titanic was a 2nd rate, impossible for the time, love story set against a spectacular backdrop, which, in reality would have seen a dirty, poor, toothless Jack hiding in the bilge of the ship and one of the first to die when the end came.

But that's no fun!

Anyway, Titanic was a big hit because it was corny pop stuff (But visually spectacular corny pop stuff) and teenaged girls went to see it 15 times a piece.

So what about Avatar? Everything I've read, even from the most curmudgeonly of critics, suggests that the visuals, especially in 3D (which is how I'll see it) FAR outweigh any of the usual shortcomings of a Cameron movie. And the suggested shortcomings of THIS Cameron movie are myriad. That it's simply a fancy Sci-Fi version of "Dances with Wolves" with much worse dialogue is the most prominent. OK...whatever.

He does have one strong and consistent theme throughout his movies that IS somewhat original....he ALWAYS has really strong women protagonists. That's pretty cool.

The guy is kind of a one trick wonder, but he seems to always really make that one trick REALLY spectacular. I can't see how this film will make 2 BILLION dollars. I'm pretty sure that it will at least recoup it's 300 million. But, either way, it sounds like it's a whole lot of fun to watch even if the main plot line is about mining for the mineral "Unobtanium"(get it? Un-obtain-ium?)
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:58 PM   #2
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I've never seen Titanic...it's on my banned list for a number of reasons, and is the only James Cameron movie I've ever boycotted.

He's hardly a one trick wonder though. He wrote and directed Terminator, The Abyss, Aliens, True Lies. While most of the stuff he does is very much dumbed down for normal audiences, they are very entertaining movies and he does have a history of churning out money makers. That's the one reason I think Avatar will do as well if not better than Titanic.

I'm going to try to go see it, but it's not a priority. I won't slit my wrists if I end up waiting until it comes out on video lol.
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Planning on going to Imax tomorrow to see it and yes i never seen titanic either. it seems like a blah kind of movie and i already know what happens the ship SINKS :P.
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I think I am the only person that thinks this is gonna be a horrible movie. IDK what it is about it but to me it looks like its gonna be a major flop and I have been thinking that ever since I saw the first preview for it several months ago. Recently after seeing a couple interviews with actors sounds like it might not be as bad as I origianlly thought, but still doesn't perk my interest. that said, if I hear good things about it from my friends, I might end up going to see it. I do love sci-fi so it is kinda odd that feel like its gonna be a flop, but oh well.
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:45 PM   #5
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Just based on the trailor im kinda clueless on what exactly the movie is about....
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I'm semi-interested in seeing it...but (as another stated before me) I can wait til it comes out on Video (or even TV for that matter).
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I was in 9th grade when Titanic came out and the girl I was seeing wanted to go see it. Worst time Ive ever spent in a movie theater besides watching The Villiage. I really dont know it I wanna watch Avatar or not
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I've seen the previews for it. Definitely not interested.
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While the visual effects look amazing...the plot line is so cliched.

The evil human industrial complex goes to another world to harvest their resources without any regard for the native inhabitants. A human integrates with the natives and helps them fight back against the evil human invaders.

I haven't even seen the movie and I'm sure this is how it is going to progress.

Give me an effing break.
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This one is suppose to be different than other movies with high-caliber visuals. Not only is it "supposed " to have a very good story-line / plot, but its in 3-D at the movies... so the kids should love that part...
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