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Quick Review - Fox's Avatar

Enter the world of Pandora.

Avatar is a 2009 science fiction film directed by James Cameron, written by James Cameron, produced by 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, and Ingenious Film Partners, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana. It was nominated for and won Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects, while also being nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. This is the first film in the Avatar franchise. It will be followed by Avatar: The Way of Water.

"I see you." - Jake Sully


On the distant planet of Pandora, an army of humans are mining for an incredibly valuable resource. However, to obtain that resource, they must deal with the indigenous people of Pandora: the Na'vi. When ex-Marine Jake Sully enters the Avatar program, he learns the way of the Na'vi to help the humans in their conflict. However, as Jake spends more time amongst the Na'vi and on Pandora, he realizes that the humans are the ones in the wrong.

My Favorite Part of Avatar

It's hard to pick one thing about Avatar that I loved. I think my favorite part, though, has to be the world of Pandora. Never have I become more invested in a world than I was in Pandora. Comparable to the Star Wars galaxy as well as Wakanda, Pandora feels like a character in the film. It's such a beautiful place that is explored wonderfully by James Cameron's fantastic direction. The way that Cameron crafts this world in all of its visual glory is a true achievement and makes me understand why Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time.

My Least Favorite Part of Avatar

Avatar is a movie where you can feel the runtime. There's a point in time when you think you're entering the final battle. The characters are preparing for a big fight. And then it turns out it's a one-sided fight and wasn't actually the final battle, and there's still about an hour left in the movie. Even though it's entertaining throughout, it does feel like it pats out scenes and just takes its time in places where it doesn't need to. This movie easily could've been two and a half hours. But instead, it's almost.two hours and forty-five minutes, and, while fifteen minutes doesn't seem like a huge deal, you would definitely feel the difference.

Why Avatar Is Great

For being the highest grossing film of all time, I've never heard tons of praise for Avatar. Well, I'm here to tell you that this film is fantastic. It's an epic James Cameron spectacle with amazing visual effects, a great story, a great set of characters and competing ideals, and one of the best fictional worlds ever created. If you like sci-fi, action, fantasy...all of that is here. James Cameron is such a powerful creative force, and he puts all of that power on display here.

Final Thoughts and Score

Avatar is great. Pandora will suck you in for all two hours and forty minutes with its splendid visuals and cool characters. This movie is one hundred percent worth your time.

I will go Sweet. Age range is 8+.


Sweet (Great) Savory (Good) Sour (Bad) Moldy (Terrible)


Fun Factor: 8.5/10

Acting: 8/10

Story: 9/10

Characters: 9/10

Quality: 9/10

Directed by James Cameron

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, language, disturbing themes and images, suggestive material, thematic elements

Released on December 18, 2009

2 hours and 42 minutes

Sam Worthington as Jake Sully

Zoe Saldana as Neytiri

Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quartich

Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine

Joel David Moore as Dr. Norm Spellman

Michelle Rodriguez as Trudy Chacón

CCH Pounder as Mo'at

Wes Studi as Eytukan

Laz Alonso Tsu'tey

Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge

Dileep Rao as Dr. Max Patel


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