Bob Grimm fails yet again to possess any salient review capabilities. He even references M. night's "Signs" as one of his sucessfull films, when it was actually the leiutenant to his decline into movie failure. This film is a drastic redemption of his capacity to at least adapt a film, and one of epic proportion at that.
Surprisingly, M. Night did a very nice job capturing the essential moments of the series that propel the story without getting bogged down in the massive character development that drives the animated series and would have halted this movie in its tracks. I enjoy that character development over the course of 16 or so animated episodes that invariably take us off the course of the main plot line.
Especially for kid's sake I think the series frivolity is a bonus. However, the movie wants to focus on action and the dramatic elements that drive a story and usually captivate an audience. I for one, and seemingly the only one, appreciate M. Night's distillation of the series and thoroughly enjoyed that he captured the essence of just the few episodes that really propel the story line forward. Specifically, Ang's rescue and the seige of the Northern Water Tribe. The latter is intensely gripping and potent.
Unfortuneately, so many of the viewers that have posted reviews have been jaded by the transition of their relationship to the cartoon to the movie. I really want to see the remaining books on film, but fear this lashing will omit any sequels.
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Regarding Avatar, the plot is not completely original, but the setting is, and the visual component of telling this story is so impacting that it catapults the whole experience into something awe-inspiring. This movie goes somewhere beyond meaningful by reiterating a theme we have seen all to often on this planet in a format that is revolutionarily tangible. Its absurd to think that a movie that addresses the usurping of native rights and terse dismissal of an entire foreign culture for the sake of personal gain could not be meaningful.
Though we have read the story in our history books, and seen versions of it in Dances With Wolves and Fern Gully, we have never had the opportunity to be so close to it (to be almost inside it). The relevance of this movie for a multiple of reasons will have an impact on how we appreciate movies in the future.
Thumbs up for Dances With Smurfs!
When Bob Grimm became the main movie reviewer for the Weekly, I almost completely stopped reading the movie reviews. His assessments are so obviously lacking in depth and generally fail to recognize any real intelligence in the films he reviews. While he tries to feign having an intellectual review of a film, he would be better off writing,"Dude, it was a pretty cool movie. The chick sucked though".
I always look with hope to see the name Digiovanna at the bottom of a review.
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