Originally Posted by craiglester
I've yet to see a Pixar movie that attempts to
animate a realistic rendition of a living creature. It's all very stylized, not a great deal of verisimilitude.
what does this have to do with good storytelling? it's too hard to make neat visuals, so Cameron should be excused from making a decent plot with decent characters?
i'm not saying Pixar is doing the same thing as Cameron. i'm saying they are on the cutting edge of a movie-making technology as well. but they care enough about the craft of storytelling to deliver a compelling, well-built and dynamic narrative.
just because it may be harder or more expensive to animate a realistic rendition of a living creature doesn't mean that storytelling and character development has to be left in the dirt.
|I felt a lot more immersion in the story than I have in any Pixar movie. Yes, some of the dialogue could have been better, some of the charaterization was a little generic, but when you're dealing with such fantastical stories, you're usually better served by generalizing a little, rather than lose the audience in minutae. It is after all a sci fi film, not a documentary.
so because it's sci-fi, it should be clichéd and filled with cardboard cutout characters? that's an insult to the genre.
Pixar's last two movies involved a love-sick robot on a desolate future Earth (which allegorized many of the same issues as Avatar
and was much more eloquent in doing so), and an octogenarian who flew his house to South America with a bunch of helium balloons.
both of these movies dealt in plots that were by no means original, but their cartoon characters were crafted with more genuine emotional depth than the more physically true-to-life characters of Avatar
were both great movies... the former one of Disney's best ever. and it was the strength of their stories that took them to that level.
i'm not saying that Avatar
was a terrible movie... it was beautiful, stunning... i'd see it again in a heartbeat just for the visuals. i liked it a whole lot. but there's no getting around the fact that if you take away the 3D and the beauty, it's a trite story told poorly. and Cameron shouldn't get a pass on $hitty storytelling just because he made pretty pictures.
|On a side note.. be sure to watch the 7 part Phantom menace review on you tube.. now that's a movie that deserved to be ripped to pieces
yes, that movie took the Star Wars franchise to a whole new level of suck.