Combined ‘fanboy’ views of my friend Rajeev and myself. Parts of the post marked with ** written by by Rajeev.
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I have been waiting for watching this creation of James Cameron ever since I heard about its making and this “game changer technology” he was creating exclusively for this movie. Expectations sky rocketed once I saw the first trailer. Finally when it arrived in 3D at Bangalore, I couldn’t wait to watch it.
But on Thursday itself, saw some tweeters complaining about the visuals being dull and colorless at some theaters. So, I wanted to make sure to get the theater right, where we will get to feel all the visuals properly. After inquiring with few people who have had seen the movie in Fame Lido and Urvashi ( didn’t ask about Inox, PVR-Gold Class, Fun Cinema) it was confirmed that movie is looking nice there.
Then I booked the 3 ticket in Urvashi for 2 o’clock on 24th December in balcony from www.urvashicinema.com since seats were already booked at Fame . It was 120Rs for a ticket and non-refundable 100Rs for 3D glasses plus 16Rs tax (It’s 150+100 if you get the ticket’s from the theater itself!!). Popcorn and coke was free for this price which you will forget to eat while watching the movie.
* My first 3D experience started with a nice trailer of an animated 3D film How to Train Your Dragon by DreamWorks SKG set to release in 2010. By the time I was relishing the first ever 3D experience by removing the 3D glass and putting it back, the Fox Searchlight went over my face and I was Entering The World AVATAR.
The movie kicked off with two tiny blurry water drops combining to form a clear one about 2 feet above Jack Sully’s face. Some army men, some unheard dialogues and the glorious Pandora unveils itself in front of you with high tech, headless, man controlled robots and gigantic war machines. Then the greenery, the Pandora monkeys, viperwolves (wild dogs), dinosaur alikes, distinct yet splendid flora… what not??!! There is everything you can imagine in your wildest dream and much more with uttermost detail till the last pixel of every frame.
The movie felt little blurry in the beginning in few chasing and fast moving frames, but once you get accustomed there is no looking back. We didn’t even have a spare second to discuss about the past part of the movie. Although the 3D isn’t in your face, you still feel like the first person watching the ongoings sitting in Pandora helplessly as you can’t take part in the visual riot.
The movie starts with the peak pace of any good Hollywood adventurous thriller and accelerates from there beyond our beliefs never slowing down till they start showing the end credits. It’s hard to believe our eyes while watching Pandora at night, while our hero tames the Banshee (dragons), when he jumps off a waterfall, his training session with Neytiri, the Armageddon and many more scenes. If the first one and half hours or so is breathtaking, in the last forty minutes or so you even forget to breathe. That is the surreal magic created by Cameron.
You wonder how they could create a whole new Real-looking spectacular planet on a computer. Since it is not an animated feature the makers don’t have it easy as everything should look real. But to our astonishment it scores 20 out of 10 in this perspective. Albeit the fact that acting, background score, story, some heard dialogues are good, the visuals overshadow everything 10 times on a scale of 1. In the end you will just be begging for superlatives.*
It easily is the greatest cinematic achievement since the invention of camera and it goes beyond your imaginations. The movie is definitely THE best cinema watching experience I have ever had in my life till now. But I would like to caution about Urvashi theater. Visuals were not bad at all. But sound was largely unclear. We could feel the energy in background score but alas, dialogues were inaudible at many portions of the movie which in turn left us with few doubts regarding the story. Since there are minimal dialogues, we had to console ourselves with that. The biggest problem was the seating arrangement, which is extremely congested and very uncomfortable. I would suggest you to stay off Urvashi if you want better movie watching experience and try Fame Lido. By what I have gathered, visuals are good there and audio definitely should be better than Urvashi, so should be the seating arrangement. And more over, they refund the money that you are paying for the glasses.
Another suggestion for good 3D experience would be to take seat in front most row if you don’t want the people’s head to act as obstruction.
P.S: Watch it only in 3D. If possible, at IMAX 🙂