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Avatar worth the money

February 22, 2010 - Chuck Hunt
It is mind-boggling how much money the movie Avatar cost. Something like a many hundred million bucks. And it is mind-boggling how much it is making. Over a billion dollars. But, if you have seen the movie, you also know it is a mind-boggling special effects movie to watch. My opinion is - it was worth the money. I had a chance to see it last Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. in 3-D. My advice is to see the movie. And to see it in 3-D. It cost me $11 for the movie ticket in Sioux Falls. That was $8 for the movie and $3 for the 3-D glasses. If you are old like me you remember the 3-D glasses from years ago, where they were made of cardboard and had one red lens and one blue lens, made out of cellophane. Those old 3-D movies had a red and green haze around everything as well. Not so anymore. These new 3-D glasses are hard plastic and resemble Buddy Holly's sun glasses. And the 3-D effect in the movie? It is a 15 on a 10 point wow meter. Several times during the movie I started to raise my hand to brush away an insect buzzing me, or some falling ash from the big fire. But besides that, the 3-D effect just brings the movie to life. It is fantastic. The scenery, the flying, even simple things like the computer screens in the command center, are all so real you could reach out and touch them. One small detail about the 3-D. Some of the movie contains sub-titles. In 3-D they don't appear to even be on the movie screen, but floating right in front of your eyes. For an old guy who wears glasses, this was a very nice touch. I won't tell you the premise of the movie. You have probably read about it anyway. If you have already seen it, or plan on seeing it, you don't need me to tell you the plot. And, if you aren't going to go see it, you don't really care anyway. Let me just say the movie is three hours long and it doesn't have a single dull or boring moment. Not one. Let me just add there are many, many, many movies I wouldn't spend $11 to go see. In fact, I am not sure I can think of any. Avatar, on the other hand was worth it. Now to be honest, this was my second viewing of Avatar. The first was in Fairmont when it first came out. Not to knock the theater in Fairmont any, but the difference seeing it in 3-D was remarkable. During the previews, there were several other movies coming out soon in 3-D, such as a new Shrek movie, Alice in Wonderland and others. Guess I can be glad I kept my good-looking Buddy Holly style 3-D glasses.


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