‘Avatar’ trailer: Reviewers hopeful but not blown away
Everyone is talking about it, but only a few sites have waded into the reviewing waters following the release this morning of James Cameron’s “Avatar” trailer on Apple.com, and subsequently, a weird release by the French MSN site. The photo here will take you to Apple’s site, and there are a few opinions afterwards.
Pros: Aliens, compelling CGI. It’s a freakin’ space epic!
Cons: Probably will be “family-friendly.” Boo.
“I’m excited for this movie, and I can’t wait to see another trailer. Avatar may have a fairly unoriginal plot, but I think it shows promise. Thanks, James Cameron!”
Tim Robey – Telegraph.co.uk
Brisk and a little perfunctory, the trailer itself is not a huge wow, but there’s plenty in it to tantalise.
The environments do look quite beautiful and I have to say, I’m intrigued by the idea of people stepping into these mind-controlled versions of themselves. That said, the CG does look like CG, and I think it’s going to be hard for a lot of people to accept that most of the action is essentially fully animated.
Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly
I’m kind of underwhelmed. There’s a definite Attack of the Clones vibe to the creatures — which feel like beasts from the sketchbook of an insanely talented 12-year-old — and the world, while expertly realized, just doesn’t carry the charge of the New.
You know what’s not cool? The way fandom seems to have decided that, no matter what, they’re going to sit cross-armed and irritated over the entire idea of the film … I guess you can color me profoundly out-of-step with what looks to me to be the general response to the trailer, because I thought it was a simple, elegant introduction both to the world of Pandora and the general idea of the film.
You’ve heard their opinions, now tell us yours.
— Jevon Phillips
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