The movie watchers world was split into two last weekend - Those who saw AVATAR and those who couldnt get tickets. Luckily i was in the first group :) YES! Seen tht movie...wwohoooo...that too in 3D...woohoo woohooo. OK. Hype subsided. Now to what the heck was that movie all about.
First thing first. This is one movie where the producer cannot complain where in the world did they spent 2000 crores of his money. Well its not exactly "in the world" its literally out of the world!! As i came out of the theater i wasnt exactly sure whether i liked the movie or not. What was the fuss all about this being the mother of all movie going experience? The story was hardly new. Its the Lawrence of Arabia meet Red Indians (Blue ones rather as per the movie). Little by little it started trickling in. Hey..wait a minute..the entire movie is shot in some alien planet right!! Oh yeah...Then the realisation came. None of them is real!!!! 90% of the movie is graphics and is so goddamn original that you wouldnt even realise.
If there is ever an oscar for best imagination..James Cameroon will win hands down as the worlds best "imaginator"!! But i doubt whether he can be accredited with that title for this movie. Except for the floating mountains, none of them seem new. Flying dragons, the most violent of which can be tamed only by hero (sounds like hippogriff from Harry potter?)..thinking trees (ala Lord of the rings)..Mosquito like helicopters (ala terminator 4)..that jockey stick controlled giant roboman (ala matrix)...even those weird looking animals and trees and those jellyfish like characters..you would've seen them all in Discovery Ocean life series...you can keep listing things down. For that matter this is not the first ever 3D movie also. So whats so special about this 2k Crore movie, which has an age old story, retold to suit the taste of the current generation?
Well..the answers lies exactly there. Its definitely not a brainy movie. But the screenplay is what makes it so endearing. James cameroon must surely be a romantic at heart. Even though he spent money like/on water in TITANIC..more than the ship its the love story which stormed our hearts. Here also its no less. The success of the movie lies in the climax..when the villain commander dies criticising the hero for siding with the aliens, against his own race, humans. The audience, actually clapped!!! There lies the success of Cameroon, the story teller. I couldn't remember the last movie, where humans where shown as villains against aliens and still the movie got appreciated... barring "E.T" maybe.
Unfortunately we got only front row seats..tht too for a 3D movie!! first ten minutes i was trying to catch/hit every single thing which moved on screen..only to be reminded by my roomies that the entire theater can see me as we were in first row :D Who Cares :) i had my tickets worth of fun :) This movie is a visual delight. It has so many things to see in the first few frames itself that, watching everything in one sitting is tough. You have to see it more than a few times to actually enjoy every inch of it. And i am sure it wouldn't disappoint you. But i doubt the DVD sales for this movie..unless they come out with something unique for that also.
To come out of the effect of watching AVATAR..saw VETTAIKARAN on the same evening. It negated the effect of a good movie watch and brought us back to real world. Only USP of a Vijay movie are his watever-i-eat-i-wont-put-weight-physique and dance movements. Both takes a hit in this movie. Puli urumuthu song picturisation was a major disappoitnment. Mathabadi..kathaiya?? apdina...baass..vijay padamnu firstay solitenla..kathaiya kekarenga. Konjam Sivaji..konjam bagavathy..avlo thaan padam. After seeing "Arundhathi" i had some hopes over Anushka. Intha padathula..uhum..terara mathiri terila. Anyways..seekrama Suntvla poduvanga. Apo marakkama TV off panitu ess aidunga.