James Cameron’s Avatar…
Why I like it: Pandora and the Na’vi are thoroughly thought out and realized in-depth. The planet and its flora and fauna are gorgeous, inherently interesting creations. I’ve always been of the opinion that Pandora is a ‘created place’ and I do not mean in the sense of a production designer. Pandora seems to be a giant ‘organic computer‘. There’s a strong implication of this in the film, though I do not know if that was James Cameron‘s intention or not.
Why I Loathe It: The plot, which is basically Furn Gully ostensibly for adults. It also bears a strong resemblance to Battle for Terra, which came out the same year, right down to humans not being able to breath on the planet.
Though my dislike of the plot is not so much about these things, which in and of themselves I could overlook. Its when the film becomes suddenly political – Such as in the destruction of the Hometree, whose superstructure, bore more than a passing resemblance to that of the World Trade Center Towers.
This is also where Avatar’s message, such as it is begins to crumble. In one breath James Cameron seems to decry American retaliations for 9/11, while also flipping the theme and making the Na’vi perfectly justified for attacking their ‘human oppressors’. No really, at that point in the movie, the Na’vi are transmogrified into “Americans under Jihad” and the humans become the Jihadists. The best part, I am not even sure James Cameron notices this…
Yet even as I say all of the above. I still like this movie. Enough to spend birthday money, last year to buy the special longer deluxe edition DVD. Which by the way, has some awesome packaging.
There’s just something about blue-cat people…
- AVATAR Franchise Expanded to Three Sequels as James Cameron Recruits Co-Writers; AVATAR 2 Set for December 2016 Release (collider.com)
- James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Is Teased For Future Disney Exhibits (geek-news.mtv.com)
- James Cameron announces three ‘Avatar’ sequels (nydailynews.com)
- James Cameron’s Avatar Will Be A Quadrilogy, Not Trilogy As Planned (contactmusic.com)
- Avatar-Land: Findings From Disney Imagineering’s Pandora Research Trip (slashfilm.com)