critics really love 'avatar'

James Camerons 'Avatar' had it's world premiere last night in London, and according to the first reviews (more under the cut), this could be the event that changes movies forever.  Or at least the movies about 10-foot talking blue cats in outer space. The Sun says...

It's a movie people will look back on in years to come to comment on how it transformed cinema. In Avatar, everything feels real - and it's as if you are immersed in the action. And what action! The final battle scene is 20 minutes long and absolutely mind-blowing.

This movies true event status will only be known on opening day. If lots of dorks are in line wearing pointy ears and blue glitter makeup, it will be a good sign. If not, I'll go right back home and take off my pointy ears and blue glitter makeup. I'm in no hurry to relive that Star Trek beating, thank you very much.

The Hollywood Reporter writes...

James Cameron's $250 million-plus epic, caused chaos last night in the film world. This is 3D as you've never seen it before. Small brightly-lit objects are so real you want to reach out and grab them. When the camera pans through the forest or against trees, the images in the foregound make you want to duck out of the way. There's going to be a lot of debate about "Avatar" re: the "is it a film or video game?" discussion. What it is is entertaining as hell.

A second Hollywood Reporter review...

(James Cameron) brings science-fiction movies into the 21st century with the jaw-dropping wonder that is "Avatar." ...the battle for Pandora occupies much of the final third of the film. As with everything in "Avatar," Cameron has coolly thought things through … he takes viewers through the battle like a master tactician, demonstrating how every turn in the fight, every valiant death or cowardly act, changes its course. The only question is: How will Cameron ever top this?

The London Times...

Movie events don't get bigger than this. Avatar is an overwhelming, immersive spectacle. The state-of-the-art 3D technology draws us in, but it is the vivid weirdness of Cameron's luridly imagined tropical otherworld that keeps us fascinated.

The London Evening Standard...

James Cameron's dazzling, exhilarating, 3D sci-fi epic Avatar represents a dramatic leap in film technology … a benchmark for blockbusters in terms of sheer spectacle. The detail, the depth, the jaw-dropping boldness of Avatar simply bowl you over. Cameron paints in bold colours, using his 3D cameras to create a universe of almost overwhelming vibrancy. The opulence sucks you in. Bullets and snapping predators lunge from the screen, startled insects and embers from a massacre dance before our eyes. Plenty of ordnance flies at us too, as Cameron pits gunships and napalm against arrows and teeth.
The detail is immaculate, the images pin-sharp. The first lizard-back flight is heart-in-throat thrilling, the final battle a textbook example of Cameron's ability to bring down a war to a one-on-one slugfest.

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