The moon known as Pandora. A review so hot it’s temporarily overloaded the circuits at THR:
The movie is 161 minutes and flies by in a rush. Repeat business? You bet. ‚ÄúTitanic‚Äù-level business? That level may never be reached again, but Fox will see more than enough grosses worldwide to cover its bet on Cameron.
But let‚Äôs cut to the chase: A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of ‚ÄúAvatar.‚Äù Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in ‚ÄúAvatar‚Äù serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story.
As with everything in ‚ÄúAvatar,‚Äù Cameron has coolly thought things through. With every visual tool he can muster, he takes viewers through the battle like a master tactician, demonstrating how every turn in the fight, every valiant death or cowardly act, changes its course. The screen is alive with more action and the soundtrack pops with more robust music than any dozen sci-fi shoot-‚Äôem-ups you care to mention…
In years of development and four years of production no detail in the pic is unimportant. Cameron‚Äôs collaborators excel beginning with the actors. Whether in human shape or as natives, they all bring terrific vitality to their roles.
Mauro Fiore‚Äôs cinematography is dazzling as it melts all the visual elements into a science-fiction whole. You believe in Pandora. Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg‚Äôs design brings Cameron‚Äôs screenplay to life with disarming ease.
James Horner‚Äôs score never intrudes but subtlety eggs the action on while the editing attributed to Cameron, Stephen Rivkin and John Refoua maintains a breathless pace that exhilarates rather than fatigues. Not a minute is wasted; there is no down time.
The only question is: How will Cameron ever top this?