Katalas’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is the extended cut review of Avatar
Jake Sully: Everything is backwards now, like out there is the true world, and in here is the dream.
I was really skeptical watching Avatar again, as it seems that many people doesn't like it as much as the first viewing. Turns out I still enjoyed it a lot.
Sure, Avatar tackles a theme that has been studied many times before, humans wrecking Nature for its natural resources and annihilating indigenous people, and sometimes done way better than this one (I'm thinking mostly of Princess Mononoke and Dune, which the book definitely launched that theme). Avatar feels so cliché and childish at times, and the romance vibe certainly doesn't amplifies the seriousness of the subject.
Yet, despite that fact, and despite that I don't like Sam Worthington, James Cameron manages to make an epic action film, and fills your eyes with breathtaking landscapes and colours. Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver are the best thing here, and the rewards should be given to the guys working on the CGI. So much details put into work. If this is what they achieved in 2008, imagine what can be done in the next one (if it ever airs).
Anyway, there's a reason why Avatar is still talked today, whether you enjoyed the film or not. James Cameron is a master for the popcorn cinema. One of the few times where the look dethrones the spirit of a movie and it's still enjoyable.