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12.11.09 15 Comments

James Cameron’s Avatar screened for critics yesterday and the reviews are starting to trickle in.  The general consensus seems to be that it’s good but kind of cheesy, like Brett Ratner’s nachos.  There were lots of Dances With Wolves comparisons.  Did you know that movie’s almost 20 years old?  I think I might try to date it.

A dozen years later, James Cameron has proven his point: He is king of the world. Hollywood Reporter

Avatar was really much, much better than expected, that it looked amazing and that the story was gripping – if cheesy in many places. The terrible film that some had been anticipating had not materialised. It was good. –The Guardian

If you can let go of your version and embrace Cameron’s – if you’re not, in other words, one of those splenetic internet fanboy types who’ve apparently made their minds up about Avatar before seeing it – then Avatar is a hugely rewarding experience: rich, soulful and exciting in the way that only comes from seeing a master artist at work. –Empire

Editor’s note: I will suck a wiener on Christopher Street before I trust the review of someone who uses the word “splenetic.”

An unprecedented marriage of technology and storytelling which is on the whole remarkably successful. –ScreenDaily

Avatar could be considered James Cameron’s masterpiece. It’s the culmination of his career’s work, carries many of the signature throughlines and trademarks the director is known for, and seems to be a punctuation mark on a career filled with substantial genre milestones. –CHUD

Truth be told, I find it hard to believe that after taking twelve years to make a follow up to TITANIC, this is the best James Cameron can do. –JoBlo

Thematically, the film also plays too simplistically into stereotypical evil-white-empire/virtuous-native cliches, especially since the invaders are presumably on an environmental rescue mission on behalf of the entire world, not just the U.S. Script is rooted very much in a contemporary eco-green mindset, which makes its positions and the sympathies it encourages entirely predictable and unchallenging. –Variety

So there you have it.  I’d tell you what I thought, but no one invited me.  They were probably afraid I’d steal their girlfriends.  Ha, just kidding, film critics don’t have girlfriends.  /tears of jealousy.

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