Avatar – The Matrix 2.0?

What I’m saying is Avatar is a special effects-driven film, like The Matrix, that is critically acclaimed and loved by audiences. Both films pushed boundaries of film visual effects and created new technologies. 

The Matrix was nominated – and won – four Academy Awards, for Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. It is my opinion that it should have been nominated for Best Picture that year (and Cinematography – the BAFTAs agreed with me here). It was groundbreaking. The acting (aside from Keanu Reeves) was acclaimed, the screenplay was lauded. It even has an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (higher than Avatar‘s 82%) It, like Avatar, is a stamp in cinematic history. There is a before and an after when it comes to its pioneering effects.

The Academy hadn’t been too friendly to Sci-Fi or Fantasy in the past (save perhaps Star Wars) until The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but even then those are films based on Literature with a capital-L. Something the Academy eats up.

So really is all the praise for Avatar and Oscar Buzz a way of atonement for snubbing The Matrix ten years ago? I don’t have an answer yet because I’ve yet to see the film. But I’m going to see it tonight and I’ll make another post then with my thoughts.

About cinemafanatic

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on January 29, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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