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Recommendation: Avatar

January 28, 2010

Okay, so I wrote a few weeks ago that everyone should go see Avatar, and I totally still think that.

But what I maybe didn’t write is that everyone should go see Avatar, right now, while it’s still in theatres, in 3D. Around here, it’s down to three showings on weekends, and two during the week, which means it may not be in theatres too much longer. And it’s a movie that you really shouldn’t miss in theatres.

“Okay, but seriously,” you say. “Why should I spend my hard earned money on a silly sci-fi movie about a race of giant blue aliens and the Earthlings who are trying to colonize their planet?” (Which is totally what the movie’s about, if you’ve been living under a rock the last few months.)

If you haven’t seen the preview, check it out.

The first reason you should see it in theatres is the same reason I think everyone should see action-y movies in theatres, because watching it on the big screen, with a bunch of other people, is what action-y movies are all about. They’re just not as cool on the small screen.

So there’s that aspect of it, and maybe I’ve convinced you to think about going to see it at the local cineplex. But once you get there, you have a choice of seeing it in 2D or 3D, and I am adamant that everyone should see it in 3D.

And you might want to argue, “Why should I see it in 3D? The 2D version is less expensive, and 3D is just a gimmick, right?”

Wrong. Okay, not wrong about the less expensive thing, because the 2D version is less expensive, but wrong about the ‘gimmick’ thing.

Let me see if I can put it into perspective for you. Thirty years ago (forty, twenty, I don’t know when the first 3D movie came out. Wikipedia could tell you) 3D was a gimmick. You had to wear these goofy cardboard blue and red glasses, and it was just silly, and sometimes, lame.

And even if you’ve seen a movie since they came out with the new 3D, the “Real-D” as they’re calling it, most of them, up until this point, have also been kind of gimmicky, with things popping out of the screen at you, just ’cause they can, or whatever.

But Avatar, directed by the brilliant James Cameron (you may not like or enjoy the types of movies he makes (Titanic, Aliens, True Lies, etc.), but you can’t argue that he’s not brilliant), was created for 3D technology. James Cameron wanted to prove that you could make a serious, non-gimmicky movie using 3D technology. And he did, and it is AWESOME. He also set out to revolutionize the use of live action with computer generated graphics, and succeeded admirably.

The bottom line? You should see Avatar in theatres, in 3D because, unless you have several thousand dollars to drop on the first 3D TVs that they’re going to be putting out in the next few years, you will never be able to replicate the experience at home, and it is an experience worth having.

Even if you only go out to the movies once every two years, you should take the time and see Avatar, because it’s that cool, and that revolutionary, and that just plain awesome, and it will never be the same at home.

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