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Old 03-06-2010, 02:40 AM   #1
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Avatar = Overrated?

Does anyone else think that the film Avatar is overrated. I mean don't get me wrong I enjoyed the movie and thought it was entertaining as hell but the plot was so predictable and special effects, however revolutionary, can't save a movie. I thought District 9 was a much better Sci-fi movie with a better plot and was alot more exciting.

I can't really believe that Avatar is being considered one of the top movies of last year, but i guess when a film has the power to make people depressed because their own lives aren't as good as the "Na'vi" I guess anythings possible.

Anyways does anyone else think that Avatar is overrated?
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Overrated depends on your view of the film. If you think it was meh but everyone else thinks it's the best thing since sliced bread then yeah, it's overrated to you. Same exact thing with the term underrated.

As far as I'm concerned though, yeah it's overrated. I enjoyed the film immensely- it is probably the first film (that I've seen) that deserves to be called epic since LotR, but I can't rate it as high as everyone else seems to. The saw-it-coming ending for example is just one of a few things that take away from the movie.
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The visuals were freekin' amazing.

The story? Yea, it was fairly predictable. It was like Pocahontas mixed with Mech-Warrior and the Elves from WoW.

And yes, I'd say it was slightly over-rated. I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone I know did.
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I didn't think it was over-rated at all.
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I didn't read into any hype for this movie. I didn't want to know the story before I saw it. Movies are always better if you find out everything they have to offer first hand. Otherwise you will base what you see on other people's opinions. Who would want their judgement of something based on other peoples thoughts?

I loved the movie and yes, it was meant to make you want to be one of those Blue people (can't remember their name). The fact that it achieved that goal is a massive achievement. What other movies have you felt (even a little bit) jealous of a different culture? Not many I would assume, if any.
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IMO the story was weak, and it dragged on way too long. However, the visuals were incredible and the acting was solid. Also, (IMO) it is overrated in the sense that it doesn't belong in the Best Picture category.
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IMO the story was weak, and it dragged on way too long. However, the visuals were incredible and the acting was solid. Also, (IMO) it is overrated in the sense that it doesn't belong in the Best Picture category.
Part of it is a rip-off of FernGully, but i dont see it as being overrated. It is an amazing movie and deserves to be nominated but district 9 deserves to win.
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I went into this movie with pretty low expectations, not knowing what to really expect. I didnt read up on any reviews, and didnt read any synopsis of it or anything. But boy was i pleasantly surprised. So to me, no, the movie is not Overrated. It was an exceptionally well done movie, with amazing graphics and a pretty good, if slightly unoriginal plot. If it wins an award this Sunday, i think it would be well deserved.
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Yeah I work in a cinema I used to tell people when they asked that it was pants just because I thought it was so overrated lol
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Somebody made a great post on an Avatar thread a little while ago that compared the story to Pocahontas with hysterically similar results.

Definitely overrated. Spectacular fireworks show and all that but that's all it was to me.
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Yes I agree, it was overated. I feel asleep watching it, the story was boring but the 3D was pretty cool!
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Does anyone else think that the film Avatar is overrated. I mean don't get me wrong I enjoyed the movie and thought it was entertaining as hell but the plot was so predictable and special effects, however revolutionary, can't save a movie. I thought District 9 was a much better Sci-fi movie with a better plot and was alot more exciting.

I can't really believe that Avatar is being considered one of the top movies of last year, but i guess when a film has the power to make people depressed because their own lives aren't as good as the "Na'vi" I guess anythings possible.

Anyways does anyone else think that Avatar is overrated?
Well, I definitely agree that District 9 was a much better movie!
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I had pretty high expectations going in thinking that it was nothing special, but I enjoyed every bit of it. I don't think it was overrated at all.
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I liked it, but it was far too politically correct. They made the humans stupidly idiotic and made you want to be one of the Na'vi. Well, I personally would like to stay human... plus, nations (aka the Na'vi in this case) that are so pro-peace don't prosper in reality. They could have at least tried to compromise.

Whatever, at least the action and stuff was good.
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Damn overrated. Pretty visuals don't save a weak and predictable plot. It was not exciting at all!
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I personally have not seen this movie, but I have no urge to. Based on what I saw in the previews, it just doesn't seem like it would appeal to me. Maybe one day I'll take the time to watch it, but for now I'm fine without
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It was amazing CGI wise, but I just couldn't get into the story.
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+1, I thought that the whole movie was too hyped, I didn't like it at all.
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Most over rated film in years!

Ripped off a ton of films (Pocahontas, Ferngully, The Matrix, Dances with Wolves), loads of cheesy lines and nothing to remember as such. I didn't mind it but definitely over-rated!
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The acting is fair at best. The story supposedly took over a decade to write yet it is a rip off of Pocahontas and Dances with Wolves (I don't remember Ferngully but apparently that as well). The visuals are pretty damn good and are the only thing that sperate it from being a generic sci-fi action film. Over-rated in relation to the hype without a doubt. The academy giving this film a Best Picture nod is a complete fucking joke.
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IMO the story was weak, and it dragged on way too long. However, the visuals were incredible and the acting was solid. Also, (IMO) it is overrated in the sense that it doesn't belong in the Best Picture category.
This. It just wasn't that good, but once someone hits the mainstream most people will think what is released is good.
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lol @ people complaining about the unoriginal plot. Has anyone ever took the time to study literature? No? Oh, well, let me tell you something! ALL STORIES ARE BORROWED! There is very few original stories anymore. Every single book you read, movie you watch, video game you play, is all borrowed information and references to original works from hundreds of years ago. That's a part of being an author. If I were to write a book, or anyone for that matter, I would write a successful book by borrowing ideas from things I read. I may do it unconsciously, but if you read a damn book and you're going to write a screenplay, script, or book, then you're borrowing ideas indirectly. That's how the cookie crumbles. You can make hundreds of references from many successful pieces that date back to other things. You know Pocahontas existed long before the Disney movie, right? Disney is notorious for borrowing classic folk and fairy tales. Go check out all their movies and it dates back to hundreds or thousands of years ago. A lot of folk and fairy tales existed in oral tradition.

As for Avatar being overrated: No, I don't think so. I think it's the cool thing now to call every overrated and overhyped. The movie is a quality movie. I'm glad I got to see it because not that many good movies come out anymore.
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Way over-rated IMO.. the only award it possibly deserves is special effects, nothing else
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Did anyone else notice the other movies that came out this year??
Appart from District 9 i can only say one thing:

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i don't know if i would call it overrated. i'm definitely not surprised it was nominated for best picture, for the same reason i'm not surprised movies like forrest gump or titanic have won in the past, that's just the way the academy works. i walked out of the theatre after seeing avatar and after seeing district 9 thinking they were awesome. i can say they were awesome for different reasons. district 9 is a fantastic, character driven story that happens to be a sci-fi flick. avatar is shallow and predictable, but it still amazed me. the story wasn't bad enough to detract too much from the overall experience, in my opinion.
i don't know much detail about the technical side of the film, but i had heard that james cameron actually developed some new techniques or technology for avatar. that alone is worthy of recognition, at least for the fact that it elevated film making to a new level technically, regardless of how thin the script may have been. even movies like lord of the rings and district 9, no matter how focused on detail and how skilled the craftsmanship, still used existing film making techniques, they just used them better than most.
i was actually pleasantly surprised that district 9 was nominated for best picture, though. i do think that was a much better movie and it would have gotten my vote for best picture, but i didn't see all the nominated movies.
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