January 13th, 2010



Today was my first 3-d view of the impossibly rare mineral unobtainium.

It was my second view of the movie Avatar. I had wanted to see it in IMAX 3D, something I'd never done before. Kathy and I had intended to go during the last week of last year, but the IMAX 3D version of Avatar was sold out before we arrived. Plan B was to see It's Complicated. However, at the last minute, we had succumbed to the pleading of a young grand-nephew. He was with us and had zero interest in that movie. He wanted to see The Squeakquel. You know; the chipmunk movie. The three of us compromised on the regular screen version of Avatar, which was not sold out, and a promise from Kathy that she and I would go this week to the IMAX 3D version.

I enjoyed seeing Avatar the second time, though for me, the IMAX 3D version wasn't worth the extra hassle. For one thing, I was distracted by the lack of focus or fuzzyness in the background of many scenes. That detracted from the 3D illusion of reality. I hadn't noticed the focus problem in 2-d version, although I'll bet it was there.

I won't be a spoiler, even though everyone who wanted to see it has probably done so by now, except to observe that it has every element of speculative fiction you would ever expect to see. James Cameron had a very long list of 'wantasees.'