Sunday, August 15, 2010

Best Films of the Decade - #20: Avatar (2009)

If any director other than James Cameron had tried to make an extra-terrestrial version of Dances With Wolves starring great big smurfs with tails, well, that would have been just plain silly. But James Cameron did make it, and it is sensational! Sure, it's easy to tell exactly where the story's going at all times, and sure, the political subtext is pretty transparent, but Cameron is such a strong storyteller that it does not matter. He fills the screen with such compelling imagery and engaging performances, all you can do is sit back and get caught up in the adventure. The narrative moves with such economy and expert pacing that you'd never guess it was over 2.5 hours long. And despite his 12-year hiatus, it's clear that Cameron is still unsurpassed in staging action sequences.

(This was an excerpt of my full review which you can revisit here.)

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