Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Eviscerating Avatar

The Filthy Critic unloads: Beyond ripping off its plot from a cartoon for little girls [“Ferngully”], there's a bunch of other shit I thought sucked the cat's tits about Avatar. First is its patronizing vision of the indigenous people. It's like Cameron was channeling some long-haired asshole who sells turquoise roadside near Sedona. The movie treats the natives as simpletons, idiot savants full of pure goodness and new-agey magical powers, the same way guilt-ridden white people of limited intelligence think of American Indians. Cameron gives them the ability to see into the hearts of others. As far as I know, the only people who believe nonsense like that are folks with shit to hide. They're the ones who worry good people can see right through them.

The Na'vi talk to the earth and the animals. They live in harmony with nature. Through them, Cameron preaches the same simpleton back-to-the-earth bullshit as those phonies who go to Pow-wows and talk out their asses about magical American Indians. Hell, I'm surprised there isn't a cameo by Iron Eyes Cody. It's a really insincere message in a movie ripping off “Ferngully's” plot as its excuse for big-ass explosions and massive battles. “Fighting is bad. Here's some more!”

PLUS: Blockbuster blowback--or why Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy isn't in many “top films of the decade” surveys. The full back-and-forth here, here, here and here.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, this guy needs to take a pill and chill. It’s a movie. I thoroughly enjoyed Avatar. It was an escape for me. It was a visual treat and it showed how CGI has advanced from ten years ago. The seemingly real alien world that James Cameron created via the wonders of 3D made this movie a must-see for me.

Em Dy said...

I loved the effects but not the story. Felt that they were channeling Pocahontas. I could almost hear Colors of the Wind in the background.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, you must have had a lonely childhood...as the guy above said, it's a fantasy movie. If you want to have a dose of reality watch discovery channel, history channel, national geographic...or stick to theater, perhaps that "reality" suits you best.

gibbs cadiz said...

gosh, you must have had an illiterate childhood--and adulthood. READ AGAIN. IT'S NOT MY COMMENTARY. THE LINK TO THE AUTHOR IS INCLUDED. I JUST REPOSTED IT, which isn't automatically saying i agree with it. this blog often airs both sides of the coin, but it would be expecting too much for you to have noticed that, right? please--magbasa muna ng mabuti bago mag-comment.

Anonymous said...

well, i've had a lonely childhood, i enjoyed Avatar very much, i think the plot (or at least the way it was presented) is corny, and i'm not the Anonymous commenter before gibbs.

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