I saw Avatar in 3D at the Metreon with Stacy. It’s pretty, awesome, and pretty awesome.
Totally beautiful, sumptuous visuals, gorgeous realization of an alternate world. And the aliens are totally hot!
I should write more about it but I’m short on time. So here’s bullet points:
the first 1/2 of the movie hurt my eyes with the 3D, maybe they were pushing objects forward of the screen with the effects instead of behind the screen? The 2nd half had less issue with this. Coraline was crisper in 3d, but that was at the Alameda theater and done with real claymation.
CGI or costumes?! Wow, it’s really hard to tell. Must have been both.
They got the helicopter sounds wrong! The most common flying machine in the movie is this totally awesome looking “scorpion gunship”. Each of the 2 “wings” has 2 co-axial counter-rotating 3 bladed propellers in a ducted fan. So it would sound a lot like the “woooooo” of a jet engine. Maybe with a bit of resonance, like “wooowooowooowooo” But the sound effect they used is that of a regular 2 bladed helicopter, going “Tuh Tuh Tuh Tuh”. Every time I heard the sound (which was a lot toward the end with all the crashing and smashing of those machines!) I cringed :-(
I can imagine it being worth seeing it in IMAX. But there were no good showtimes at the Metreon :-(
Yup, the 3D movie experience has saved modern cinema from being outmoded by large screen televisions in peoples’ homes.
Exploring the world reminded me of this fantasy book I read that had lots of word-play with real magical hangman trees and steaming bread trees… Argh, I don’t recall the name!
Update 3-14-10: Xanth!