I saw Dances With Wolves Avatar last night.  It was better with Kevin Costner 20 years ago.  Has it really been that long?

Anyway.  Avatar did have amazing visuals and effects.  James Cameron is good at that.  In fact, that was probably the best part of Titanic.  The movie looks amazing.  The acting was good.  The story has been done: Dances With Wolves, The Last Samurai, which I can’t believe I watched.  I’ve even seen the visuals before.  Floating mountains have appeared in numerous video games, as well as at least one movie, whose name escapes me.  The planet looked like Fern Gully.  The creatures were straight out of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter-Martian series of books as well as the Resident Evil games and movies.  The exo-skeletal suits for the marines looked exactly like Uller battle mechs from the BattleTech and MechWarrior games, and they are supposed to be piloted the same way.  Yes, I realize that none of you have a clue what I’m talking about with that last one, but that’s not the point.

Granted, it’s nearly impossible to come up with completely new ideas for a movie.  Cameron made everything in the movie amazing to look at.  The political themes in the movie were easily pushed aside.  Yes, the movie is about destruction of the environment for economic pursuits.  Yes, the movie is about the lack of respect for other cultures.  Yes, the movie is about how militaristic conquest is bad.  It’s actually pretty easy to push all that aside, even though Cameron tried his best to bring it forward every five minutes, to enjoy a fairly entertaining if not long movie.

I won’t say it was a great movie or that it was some kind of masterpiece.  It was a decent movie, and it was pretty to look at.  It did not come close to being as good as the hype.  It was not as good as Titanic, the other decent yet over-hyped James Cameron epic movie.  What Avatar really left me with was an opinion that James Cameron would be a pretty good film maker if he could tell a story in less than three hours.  It’s really not his fault that everyone declares him to be so great, when he really is not.  Good.  Not great.  Me?  Yeah.  I’d be downright awful, so I’m going to shut up now.

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2 Comments on “Avatar”

  1. cocoaval Says:

    Excuse me, why do I not have the password? On the other hand, do I really need the password. Did you write something top secret and interesting, OR is this just one of those jokes of yours where there will be nothing there and you just wanted to seem important?! Would you do that? I think you might. Anyhow, I’d like the password ;-).

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