Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Avatar - Best Movie in 2009?

Initially, I had no intention to blog about this movie at all .First, because I never anticipated to watch this movie. Secondly, sci-fiction was never my cup of tea after 1993 (the year I suffered a long, hot fever - which totally transformed my liking from everything scientific to everything artistic... ke I baru blossom into a woman huhuhu ) and finally, lately other than Jerry Bruckheimer ... I rarely associate the quality of films based on who's who in Hollywood, not even Mr Spielberg. I prefer to watch the movie first and form my own opinion ... of course, marketing-wise ... James Cameron will still draw audience to the cinema, but will they watch it again?


Well, Guy Next Door got 4 free tickets for the pre-screening of this movie yesterday at GSC Pavillion... u know after spending more than RM 600.00 on dad's platinum CIMB credit card beli barang hantaran. So I told him yesterday ... "make it a habit" hahaha ... We went together with Sam and Mr Energy Saving. Realising that the official release of this movie is tomorrow (17 Dec) in Malaysia I don't want to miss the chance to be one of the first people to blog about it ...

Sam's comment : "I think this movie will easily be the best movie for 2009"
Mr Energy Saving's comment: "I find this movie interesting. Maybe because I seldom watch movie kot." Hehehe

As for me, suffice to say I didn't came out from the cinema "starry-eyed " or neither was I moved by it. I was definitely very impressed with the 3D effects and photorealistic CGI. It was as if viewers were part of the movie... seriously ... there was a scene when the Na'vis (a sentient humanoid race on a lush jungle covered satelite of Polyphemus called Pandora) were riding on an ikran (a pteranodon-like mountain banshee adapted for flight) doing the sky-diving .... I was really, really "gayat" ... That's the wonder of modern technology in movie making, using streoscopic cameras to stimulate human sight!

Like Lord of The Rings, Avatar also introduced new fictional language - the Na'vi language, devised by linguist Prof. Paul Frommer of the University of Southern California. It has a vocabulary of about 1000 words, its phonomes include ejective consonsants (such as the "kx" in "skxawng"- try to pronounce that!) that are found in the Amharic language of Ethiopia and some of the Maori's in New Zealand.

Both Sam and myself agreed that the Elvish language of the Lord of The Ring sounds softer and romantic huhuhu!

And I was wowed by Neytiri facial expression - especially the pained expression when she explained to Jake Sully that in Omatikaya's tradition - when a male Na'vi is a declared a man, he could get himself a woman and start introducing the Na'vi females to him. Cover line lah ...

There was also a part when she was crying hysterically after her Hometree was burned down by human, the part she felt so hurt after finding out who Jake Sully really was and of course, the part when she cried when her father died. I never felt so move by an animated character before hehehe. Should see how Sam mimicked the Na'vi hissing ... if his skin colour is blue (with his cute "fangs"), he'll pass as the Avatar.

What really put me off was the message and dragging storyline. At first, I thought the director might hit home run when he introduced the character Jake Sully, a former US Marine who was wounded and paralysed from the waist down which through a genetically-bred human-Na’vi hybrid body known as Avatar, enable him to walk again . I was hoping that the director would expand the Jake Sully's Avatar character "who appear to be real but do not exist in the physical world".

Somehow, the plot twisted into a love story - the same formula in the movie Titanic which later turned very environmental.

I think the message of Avatar should be that - we shouldn't be afraid to show who we really are, in the real world. U know ... the concept of Avatar itself - a representation of ourself like in the Yahoo Messenger and Sorority Life on Facebook, which actually never exist in the real world. Sometimes I wish I was really Misz Donna - my Avatar in Sorority Life. Sexy, have $3,000,000.00 in bank, have 4 boyfriends (which I bought), got 11 rides including a private jet and a hummer and my wardrobe full with designers brands..

Boy was I really put off by "save the jungle" message! So the anti-climax ... anyway, for the adrenaline junkie ... the movie might save your RM 10,000.00 to buy a SOL parachute for a paraglide hehehe ... gerenti gayat!

20 comments:

emel said...

Wow, the way u story it really sound interesting... Well, u know me, i'm a movie goers, really like especially movies like LOTR type apart from the comedy yg 'cracky' and last but not least, horror.. Hmmm, jum la gi nangga gik.

Si Yoyop Bah... said...

Dah t'beli la RM 10k tu, and i tell u it's performance...superb...Agreed by Kapt Haz9 and other paragliders.. And also tested by my 1. hahaha

rambomadonna said...

Emel: For u yang suka sukan lasak I guess u will find it very exhilarating and exciting. For me yang berjiwa artistic ... i am not IN for another round!

Si Yoyop: My 1? What's that suppose to mean? Statement semua paragliders on you keep on peluk that SOL tu secara "avatar"nya does it mean tengah imagine peluk seseorang? Hehehe ... Yop, nak dipeluk oleh SOL itew, kena letak harga lah lebih RM 10K hehehe

Si Yoyop Bah... said...

Hahaha...kan ada gmbr aku peluk SOL tu sblm ni...tu yg dorg sakat. Tinggi betul la imaginasi ko ni. Kan belum penah dibuat oleh paraglider lain gmbr peluk payung. Tu yg menimbulkan kontroversi tu.

rambomadonna said...

Yoyop: Imaginasi kena tinggi kalau tak "expired" sebab tak digunakan (wink wink)hahaha ... kira kita dua saja yang tau meaning "avatar" nya

suna said...

i thot crita avatarnya ni yg adaptation dari komik di tv skarang.. hmmm,.skali ko bilang kisah chenta, mcm malas plak..tho i'll bear the movie for the sake of the effects...
can't wait to see them!
I know it's not as adventurous as the one with the SOL, but oh well, different people, different souls...hahaha! geddit?

rambomadonna said...

suna: ada kah cerita komik avatar nie di TV? nampak sangat astro tu aku bagi dut free jak tiap bulan hehehe ...

how have u been doing lately? ada someone with that SOL mcm dah jumpa her SOUL mate jak hehehe

Si Yoyop Bah... said...

Hahahaha...can't comment for more. Yeah, nice 1. SOL=SOUL MATE. :P

Olpicture said...

tengok the making... rasa macam nak tengok pulak. Impress with the tech that adopt human facial expression and translate it into CGI character...

suna said...

avatar di tv lebih comel..hahaha! aku nampak iklan jak la J mie..taulah ada anak buah nie..asyik2 cartoon channel. Rasa mcm di zaman kanak2 semula...bermain, belajar dan bergembira..kui!kui!kui!
NEway, the SOULmate still at large...jadi terpaksalah bermanja pada yg sudi..hehehe..

rambomadonna said...

olpic: yes, the cgi was very impressive ... its the storyline that sucks ... but if you are into the technical things ... this is a movie for u. However, if you are looking a fresh change in story line or plot ... same old recipe ... mesti ada villain, mesti ada hero, mesti ada love (or sex heheh)

rambomadonna said...

suna: you are right about "bermanja pada yang sudi" ... that SOL owner kan seronok betul bah cerita pasal SOUL mate nya itew and memori2 indah di Sandakan ...

but judging on the history antara kalian berdua when it come to men (saja aku kasi plural) and your statement bahawa SOUL mate still at large ... hmmm, ada cerita yang tak terungkap ker?

suna said...

got ur sms..az%$%$% ya..hehe! that's sooo like a decade ago, I won't go there and sully the memories...u know,bila tua nanti blehlah bagitau cucu or pangkat cucu tentang kesah dulu waktu muda dan saiz baju masi M...

Si Yoyop Bah... said...

kenapa tiba2 az%$%$%$. Ndak paham aku?. Berkali2 aku baca komen mu, dan masih tidak paham. Tolong jelaskan?.

suna said...

woi amoi, crita waktu PALAPES bah tu... tentang yg diminati dan rasa diminati. Kita calling caling nanti kita story story..malu mo tulus sni, it'll etched for posterity.

suna said...

have to point out, J mie. What say u? One blog with every language and slang thrown together..girl, power to u!

rambomadonna said...

All of the sudden, yoyop kita sudah lupa kesah chenta 3 segi antara S dan s dan az%$%$%. Kena s*wan agaknya hehehe

Nanti2 lah kita stori mori

Cik Luna said...

yep...watch the movie yesterday..
konfim gerenti sahih gayat..
my fren yg sememangnye gayat...
berpeluh tangan tgk cerita ni
hahaha

suna said...

Just watched Avatar today. I really REALLY enjoyed the movie...the effects are marvelous!
BTW, I cannot help but notice that were the Na'vi human, and the planet earth, they are actually the Red Indian of America. Victims in their own land, branded as savages and their sacred and holy places pillaged by the so called civilization.
For me, the storyline is just a borrowed history, processed to be 'politically correct' and fit for general consumption. BUT the 'what ifs' are enough to make me cry!
BTW, I 'see' you Jake.. all of u (now, I'm being sidetracked)

norzah said...

I just saw the film & would like to add my ten cents' worth. Film is great, the CGIs fantastic. But re the message, love the jungle, the trees and animals is fine. What's sickening to me is what Suna pointed out: the egotism and savagery of the 'skypeople' who will destroy everything to get what they want. It's a reflection of what the Americans did to the Red Indians, an allegory of what they did to Iraq & to the rest of the world. They will use all their might to get what they want and to hell with others. I'm happy that the natives won in the end although at a great loss. That's how true love is: lots of suffering, sacrifice and a great loss to win a heart.
Easy come. easy go,he he he....

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