Just went to see the new film, Avatar. Wonderful special effects, excellent 3-D effect, and very nicely realized fantasy world. It was so long, I found myself saying to myself, “C’mon now, move it along, get to the final fight of the good guys and the bad guys…” I feel like I’ve seen the story before in westerns and sci-fi movies galore over the years. The bad invader who goes native and switches loyalties – wasn’t that what Dancing with Wolves was all about?
The interesting new twist was the incorporation of the eco-green-enviro-religiosity: the innocent forest people in tune with the sacred wellspring of life, a sort of Ygdrasil, the holy tree; the bad earthlings who killed the green part of their world and are willing to destroy this new one, Pandora, for a metal, Unobtainium – I like that comic touch of the name because I’ve been helping my son with chemistry lately! If it had been 60 minutes shorter, I would have enjoyed as a piece of brilliantly done entertainment fluff, but it was soooo pretentious and predictable.
Today, Adam Cohen of the NY Times, an intelligent and thoughtful guy, gushes over the movie, saying:
The remarkable thing about “Avatar” is the degree to which the technology is integral to the story. It is important to show Pandora and its Na’Vi natives in 3-D because “Avatar” is fundamentally about the moral necessity of seeing other beings fully…
The central love story reaches its culmination with the lovers declaring, “I see you.” The movie’s ending, which I will not give away here, brilliantly drives home, one last time, the importance of how one sees things…
The ability to see Pandora’s natives for who they are is the movie’s moral touchstone.
Funny…all these statements about the movie are true (except the first one) and it was still boring. De gustibus non est disputandum.