Friday, January 22, 2010

Dances With Smurfs

Saw Avatar in Imax 3d last weekend; it's what Danielle's mother wanted to do for her birthday.

The visual effects were spectacular for the first half, but the plot didn't get good until the second.

My favorite part was when, after getting Leo to the safety of the Plain of Kor and out of the malarial swamps, Billali waxes cynical about the relations between the sexes:

"In this country the women do what they please. We worship them, and give them their way, because without them the world could not go on; they are the source of life... We worship them," he went on, "up to a point, till at last they get unbearable, which," he added, "they do about every second generation."

The scene in which Ayesha unveils was also more effective than I'd expected.


Which is to say that after an hour and a half of stomach-rocking Imax 3D, I was on the verge of spectacularly decorating the row in front of me, and left the theater to spend the next hour and a half in the lobby reading H. Rider Haggard's She.

It was much better than the movie.

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