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Today Michael and I braved the crowds at Opry Mills and saw Avatar at the IMAX. Corey does not do crowds. Last week we saw it in Real 3D. I'd say IMAX is worth it when the crowds die down. We bought our tickets early and walked around the mall a bit. By the time we got to the movie, it had just started and there were no seats anywhere! So we went to the back of the room and sat on the carpet. It was actually kind of fun. It did not make me dizzy, and it wasn't loud and obnoxious like 300 was in IMAX. The experience is the same as Real 3D except the picture is crisper and the glasses are worse! Yes, I cried at the sad parts again! Jeez, embarrassing. When we were leaving there were already long lines of people waiting to get a good seat for the next show. So I'd say give it a week, or go on a weekday.

Also, walking around the mall, we had lots of people come up and ask me about dreads! It was actually pretty cool. Also, I finally got to eat at The Aquarium! I swear, I wanted to jump in the big tank and turn into a mermaid. I told Michael all the types of fish in the tank as we walked around. It was also very crowded, but we sat at the bar, which was nice and quiet. Expensive, but they have to pay for a lot of fish food I guess. :-)


Date: 2009-12-27 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] popfiend.livejournal.com
Yes, I cried at the sad parts again! Jeez, embarrassing.
No. That's what they are there for. :D

I did enjoy it, but I did respond more to it as a technical thing than as an art thing. That's not bad. Just what it is.

Cameron's strength as a director is his technical skill. And he went with it.

Date: 2009-12-29 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myrrhdusa.livejournal.com
It is really visually astounding. I saw it with Corey at the local theater today for the matinee, and I still see new little things every time. I am really interested in making some similar ethnic jewelry and things to hang in my hair for festival season this summer. :-)

Date: 2009-12-28 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] francesca-tessa.livejournal.com
Thanks for the warning to wait a week. Sounds like a good idea. We want to hit a matinee next week.

Date: 2009-12-29 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myrrhdusa.livejournal.com
I went with Corey to our local theater to see the regular 3D version, in our little podunk town, and it was a good amount of people for a matinee on a Monday. I think lots of people are seeing it again and again like me!

Date: 2009-12-29 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solauris.livejournal.com
I've been waiting to see it because I'm afraid of large budget special effects films. School has made me really critical of the work in them and I dread their lack of story. Thus far I've heard it was comparable to Dances with Wolves.

And I thought you were already a mermaid.

Date: 2009-12-29 08:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myrrhdusa.livejournal.com
I really hate the Dances with Wolves analogy, there's a lot more going on here. Of course, if you go in with a block like that, you may very well find you do not enjoy it, because you are too busy comparing it to other films that really have nothing to do with it. Yes, there's a white guy learning the culture of a native race of people and falls in love with a woman of that culture. Yes, he is a hero, but there are lots of heroes in this film, and this is a blockbuster, not Hamlet.

The visuals are simply astounding, and the technology used to create them is now the new benchmark for fantasy film making. The acting is very well done, even through the avatars, enough to bring a lump to my throat and real tears every time I see it. I encourage you to just go and have a good time, and stop trying to find moral justification in it! There's nothing wrong with ars gratia artis.

Date: 2009-12-29 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solauris.livejournal.com
Dances with Wolves wasn't the first to follow that basic plot line nor would it have been the last. I expect story on morality after seeing the previews for Avatar. Just have to turn off my previous film experience filter and I'll be good to go.

I'm certain that no matter how the plot turns out for me I will be impressed with the visuals. While it isn't my end goal for my degree, I am and will be learning now to do the work necessary to create films like Avatar.


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