Avatar (2009) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:


acting 7

directing 8

effects 10

editing 8

writing 7


4 out of 5 šŸ™


A lot of people HATE this movie. Like, hate it with a passion. I don’t. I don’t care that the plot had been done before. If that’s your reason for hating it, I’m certain I can point out that movies you love are new takes on old plots and that’s not a bad thing. It’s the details, not the skeleton. But the reason I love this movie is the cinematography. It’s not like I’m making a unique or surprising observation here. I’ve seen a ton of 3D movies. None come remotely close to the experience of watching Avatar. I feel bad for the people who didn’t see it in the theater. I’m sure those 3D televisions are great but I just can’t buy that they match the theater experience.




Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)

Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)

(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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