Okay, so I finally saw Avatar. I’m the last person on Earth to have seen this, I think. What’s left to say about it? Really? The effects were incredible. Nothing else is even remotely notable about it in either direction. It comes down to this, see it in IMAX 3D in the theater or don’t ever see it. Pretty simple.
Rating: Does it even matter at this point?
I actually saw The Lovely Bones last weekend and meant to post about it, but completely forgot. My girlfriend had been wanting to see this for months. She was really excited about it, but the weird limited release thing that they did with it was incredibly annoying, especially since the full release wasn’t listed right away. I’ve never read the book myself so I had no personal interest in seeing it other than the fact that the lady was really excited for it. However, I actually liked it quite a bit.
The flick was definitely a bit long feeling, but it was more than tolerable. I don’t think there was anything that could have been cut out. And the length was partially a side affect of what was also one of the best parts about the movie, Peter Jackson’s absolutely amazing visuals which were quite thoroughly shown off. The lush landscapes and overall beauty of the in-between world were incredible. If you’ve seen the trailers, you know what I’m talking about. But to me, it was the camera work that made The Lovely Bones so visually appealing.
Beyond the visuals though, there is a lot of substance to The Lovely Bones, it’s not all eye candy and no story. Having not read the book, it’s hard to comment on this fairly, but I can’t say that I expected it to get as intense as it did at certain times. I actually felt pretty uncomfortable for a while.
I don’t know, if you read the book or you want to see the polar opposite of Peter Jackson’s early work like Dead Alive and Bad Taste, this is probably for you.