Tuesday, January 12, 2010

On Films: Avatar and Percy Jackson

I finally got to watch Avatar.

First things first. Sam Worthington. Human, not avatar. *drool*

Now that that's out of the way, the 3D's fantastic, but everyone's been saying that, so I won't expound on it anymore. The story is not so bad, but predictable. I have to say I love the world of the Na'vi, and as seen through Jake's (hero) eyes when he was learning and training with Neytiri (heroine), it is breathtaking. We see nature in all her glory, the fierce beauty of the living creatures, the harmony and balance in the ecosystem, the way Eywa (somewhat like Mother Earth) maintains the balance of life. I could see why the Na'vi wanted to stay and fight when the Hometree was attacked and I felt their devastation when the Hometree was destroyed. We learned eventually that Earth has been destroyed and the humans now wanted to destroy the Na'vi's home in order to get the precious mineral called Unobtanium (great name, somewhat like unobtainable?), an energy source for Earth and which can also be sold for lots of money.

I believe there's an environmental message in there. In fact, a few of movies I've seen over the years have environmental messages in them. If people still don't wake up, if they still let greed lead their actions and continue the destruction, maybe in 2154, Earth will be as described in the movie.

While waiting for the show, we saw the trailer for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Looks interesting. I've heard great comments about the book, too. Now my question is: Should I read the book first or watch the movie, then read the book? I've read all Harry Potter books, then watch the movie, and I enjoy the effects, that's it. I much prefer to read the book. What do you think?


Rex Robot Reviews said...

Read the book first! I loved it. I reviewed it and everything... can't wait to read the rest of the series and watch the movie.

Silver @ The Raving Readers said...

Thanks for the rec! I'll go and get a copy. Can't wait to watch the movie. :) Looks cool. Has a lot of well-known actors too.

Amy C said...

Hey Silver,
I read the book a few weeks ago and talked my mom into reading it too. I thought it was a very fun read. While I liked it alot, it's not Harry Potter :). I love Harry Potter! I am very excited to see the movie now, see how things will be changed up.

Silver @ The Raving Readers said...

Hi Amy, same here! Love Harry Potter. Unfortunately, there are no more Harry Potter books. And I've heard a lot of good things about Percy Jackson, not only from Rex Robot Reviews, but from a friend who teaches in primary school. And when your own students recommend you to read Percy Jackson, well, you know it's a story they enjoy. Best rec ever received! I really should get the book.


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