Yep, it lived up to the hype

Saw Avatar in IMAX 3D yesterday and it was absolutely stunning. Visually, it was rich with texture, depth and emotion. It really was like traveling to another world, and when I left the theater I felt exhilarated and exhausted, as if I got off a ride at a theme park. The story, while not original, was thrillingly entertaining too, but that's not the draw of this movie, it's merely a bonus to the mesmerizing effects. The Navi people are so well animated and emotive and the jungles they live in are so lush and inviting, that you'll forget they're made by computers. I read one review that said this is as close as you'll ever get to visiting another planet, and I agree. Another review, this one from Gizmodo, said the movie's groundbreaking tech will open the imaginations for new generations, like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, or The Matrix did for older generations (mine was Jurassic Park, I was convinced those dinosaurs were real).

Now it should be noted that I haven't seen anything in 3D since the Spider-Man ride at Universal Studios back in 2004, so if I seem to be gushing, that's why. This was my first IMAX 3D movie and it really did explode my mind--if you've seen other 3D movies recently, your mind may remain intact, though I hear the effects are still amazing even if you're an IMAX 3D veteran. The internet is full of reviews, both positive and negative, and I'm much better at reviewing video games than movies, so I won't take up any more space with Avatar love--just go see it.

One last thing, towards the end of the movie, Sam Worthington's hair grows out and he starts to look like Nathan Drake. If they make an Uncharted movie (haven't played the second one yet, but apparently it's enough like a movie to make an actual movie seem pointless), I think he'd be good, but he's not my number one pick, that goes to Bradley Cooper--to me, that guy is Nathan Drake. He might not look just like him, but I feel like he would nail Drake's personality. Third place goes to Nathan Fillioin. I'd take any of them as Drake, but after Jake Gyllenhaal was cast as the Prince of Persia, there's no telling who we'd get (Wesley Snipes?)

If you're a geek like me and want to see more video game celebrity lookalikes go here. Some of those are pretty funny.