Since I first heard about the filming of the Lord of the Rings movies, my life was almost divided into two stages: before I heard about it, and after that. The Lord of the Rings was the first book I read (at age 4 or 5, I don’t remember exactly), and I read it at least 50 times since that. So the waiting that movie was really, really expected.
After the last of the LOTR movies, I was a bit lost. There was no more need to wait for the next movies. I felt almost like ‘the cinema has got to its top, and I don’t think any other movie will entertain me, and allow me to go to the other worlds as the LOTR did’. For several years, I was waiting for the next LOTR movies like a child who is waiting for the Santa’s gifts at the end of the year. And suddenly I felt like all the wishes were fulfilled.
However, some new movies appeared and made me feel almost as when I was waiting for the Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King – movies like the Spiderman series, The Jason Bourne series, the last episode in the Starwars movies (well, the 3rd episode to be correct), Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, the new Batman and The Dark Knight movies, and many others. However, most of those movies appeared before 2009, so I started the year thinking ‘oh my.. this year will be a really boring one, with nothing interesting to watch’.
Well, to sum it in a few words.. I was completely wrong. The year of 2009 brought me a lot more excellent movies that I could possible hope. Just to name a few: Watchmen (until the very end of the year, I thought it would be simple the best movie in a long long time), 500 Days of Summer, Zombieland, Terminator Salvation, Inglorious Bastards, Taken, Star Trek, Pandorum (almost-the-best SciFi movie in a long long time), District 9, and many many others. I have to say that all those movies were great, and left a mark in my memories.
And then Avatar came and put them all into the background.
I already expected a lot from this movie, and also was quite afraid that it would not live up to the expectations. However, I had a lot of trust in James Cameron – the cinema magician who created Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, Abyss and Titanic.. and he made yet another cinema miracle. In my opinion, Avatar is the biggest happening in the cinema world of this decade. And it is specially true for the ones out there who happen live some part of their life in different worlds – worlds created by writers, cinema guys, or RPG games.
The writers manage to create great worlds, and make you believe that they are real in your mind. Role-playing games put you in those worlds, and make you part of it. But with Avatar, James Cameron was the first guy to in fact create a different world, and let us to live in it for a while. That world feels so real, that you forget about all the computer-generated graphics, effects, and a (few) plot holes, so you just lose a few hours of your real life to spend them on Pandora.
So, to sum it all up – if you haven’t done it yet, go watch Avatar – and, if possible, watch it in 3D. You’ll probably feel the same feeling as the people in the beginning of the past century had, by watching the first movies ever.
I think that resumes pretty much everything I have to say about it .