Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Avatar, just another action movie

Avatar wasn't all that special, I didn't think. But some critics are losing it over a fictional movie.

First a Chicago Alderman attacks Avatar for being anti-military and anti-American, and now the Vatican criticizes it for worshipping nature over God - well, the article said religion but I'll let that go.

Simply stated? It was a fictional movie in a fictional world, billions of light-years away. A different society, of yes, blue people worship a god called Eywa and fly around on pterodactyl-looking creatures. If James Cameron was trying to make an anti-American statement or disavowing a God of all things, I didn't leave the theater up in arms, and I'm one of the most patriotic Jesus-freaks out there.

I was actually somewhat entertained, and I hate science-fiction.

That said, it was a disappointment. Action scenes gallore, sure. But the color felt muted in the 3-D theatre, and the characters were beyond stereotypical. The writing was severely lacking in my opinion (see quote: "well then I guess we better win!"), and all of that from some "dream"?

If the Vatican wants to waste it's time slamming the latest blockbuster, it's a Da Vinci Code/Angels and Demons all over again. And Chicago Alderman...um, there has GOT to be something more important worth your time.

Avatar is not going to be responsible for the denouncing of any religion or anti-American discourse. Let Hollywood say what they want. They're not at home with our kids after the movie, explaining what is real and what is not to impressionable young minds. And lock these people up:
James Cameron's completely immersive spectacle "Avatar" may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.

The world isn't ending in 2012. It's just a movie.

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