AP review: Effects wow but story limps in `Avatar`

By December 11, 2009Newswires

AP review: Effects wow but story limps in `Avatar`
by Jake Coyle

When a film brashly asserts that it will change moviemaking forever, one feels the urge to either take its "king of the world" arrogance down a notch or hail it as the masterpiece it claims to be.

But — and forgive us if this sounds too much like the dialogue in President Obama`s war room — what if there`s a third option?

James Cameron`s 3-D "Avatar" has all the smack of a Film Not To Miss — a movie whose effects are clearly revolutionary, a spectacle that millions will find adventure in. But it nevertheless feels unsatisfying and somehow lacks the pulse of a truly alive film.

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