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Avatar: A Vision That Matters

There has been much speculation as to the strength of the plot of James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic debuted in 1997.  And here is where it all unfolds: yes the plot of the movie has been done a 1,000 times but Cameron did the plot in a new way.  You aren’t going to find new, original ideas any more.  Every idea you see in a movie is derived from another idea.  There are no original stories anymore there’s only the twist you put on it yourself.  Avatar is a movie that NEEDS to be seen, now I’m not here to praise the vision, I can do that on my own time; this review is about the so called story of the film.  But I’ll tell you right now that Avatar is a film that must be seen in 3D Imax if possible.  You will not get the same experience if you were to rent this movie when it hits DVD.People must understand/remember that James Cameron is an environmentalist and this film is a study of the economic and environmental status that the United States, (and most of the world) is in right now.  Avatar is an opening to the world of environmental study to the younger generation and it does it in a way that will reach out to these people just as Dora the Explorer as helped children learn Spanish, granted I don’t believe many people will be rushing to learn the native tongue of the Navi’ any time soon.  I mean this isn’t J.R.R. Tolkien.People are seeing Avatar for the visuals not for the story line, and if you go into the theatre for the story line I guarantee you will be disappointed.  The easiest way to describe the script of Avatar is a recycled version of Walt Disney’s Pocahontas.  Boy travels and meets girl, who disrupts boys mission, boy falls in love with girl, boy goes against the grain with his people.  Sam Worthington, a name I believe Hollywood will soon become recognized with, plays a handicap Ex Marine with the soul purpose of going to the moon Pandora in hopes that the Army/Marines will help pay for him to get his legs fixed while he is stuck in a wheelchair.  Worthington gives a genuine performance as Jake Sully though nothing to truly write home about.  It seemed like whenever his character was about to show emotion he steered away from it in fear which leaves the audience with a disappointment.  Honestly the best part of the movie was Dodgeball’s Joel Moore who plays Norm Spellman, a scientist working to help understand the tribe of the Navi’.  Moore’s performance was exactly what the movie needed in terms of comic relief.  He was there when needed and not overused to take away from whatever was going on in the story at the time.Stephen Lang’s peformance as Colonel Quaritch was the one performance that seemed to be the abundance of generic quality a character can be.  The generic Colonel who’s soul purpose is to complete his mission.  “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”  Really?  How did Cameron ever think that that line was okay to use?In all the story of Avatar is truly recycled in every way except for the setting.  Pandora is a beautifully exotic moon, (not actually a planet) that needs to be seen by any who finds themselves even remotely interested in the film.  The undertones of environmental discussion is abundantly clear within the story, Cameron isn’t exactly one to hint at his views as we have seen before.  All in all in Avatar the only thing that sets it aside is the vision that matters, not the story.  Though the story does not take away from anything with in the movie.  So once again, if you go to see Avatar for it’s story and script development you will be disappointed on your way out of the theatre, I repeat: you WILL be disappointed.  Go see the movie for the visual affects because that itself is a memory to hold on to.

3 thoughts on “Avatar: A Vision That Matters”

  1. First off, James Cameron is no environmentalist. Second, I am tired of people comparing this movie to Pocahontas. If anything the plot is most similar to Fern Gully and Dances With Wolves with a little bit of Aliens mixed in. Pocahontas is about the attempts of the Europeans to assimilate the Native American people into their culture, concluding in bringing Pocahontas BACK to England. In Avatar, there is little to no attempt by the humans to integrate the Na’vi into their society. They are simply in the way and Cameron is showing the lengths at which our society goes to secure what it wants (i.e. oil in middle East, etc.).

    For everyone else PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop following what everyone else is saying about this movie and actually think about an original point of view if you’re going to write a review! If I read one more “James Cameron’s Avatar is a rip off of such and such” I am going to puke. Yes it borrows from those movies but makes everything uniquely its own. Besides, lets face it, the movie is not about plot. Its a vehicle in which Cameron chose to showcase his new technology, a vehicle which cost so much money it would be foolish to NOT have a story line in which so many people can relate to. Isn’t that what it comes down to? Besides Xponce, I think everyone understood Cameron’s message one way or another and were generally drawn into the movie when watching it. Few movies recently have been as totally engaging as this one. That’s what people should be focusing on, not following each other off the cliff arguing about how poor the story is when they can’t even get that right.

    Sorry about the rant Nick, this was just the last straw. I am happy that this movie is getting so many new people to write reviews on this site though.

  2. I totally understand everything you’re saying, and don’t worry about the rant it’s fine. But there’s one thing you can’t deny me and that is that Cameron’s Avatar is not for the story line, which is all I was trying to get across about the film. Exactly like you said it’s meant for the visuals not the story. Second Cameron has been known to work on environmental projects through out the years, maybe not an environmentalist per say but you can’t deny that the story in the film dealt with issues economic and environmental that we deal with today. Also there are big similarities with Avatar and Pocahontas with the two main characters and the original plan John Smith was sent on, and that was to learn information, as much as he can, about the Native American’s. Which is exactly what Sully was sent to do with the Na’vi.
    But once again you say in your reply that Avatar is not about the plot, which is exactly what I was trying to prove. Also I never said the movie was a rip off, in fact in the beginning I said how the movie is a story done a 1,000 times but Cameron did it better and stronger.
    But thank you for sharing your views on my thread I appreciate it and understand all your points.

  3. Correct, the movie isn’t about the story line, but it does manage to draw you in nonetheless. I am just tired of people devoting their whole review to talking about how the story is unoriginal when the film is a huge success and a huge accomplishment. I can’t name the number of big budget movies that have come out in the last few years that got away with much more incoherent, stolen, and may I say more stupid story lines than Avatar’s. I think its just the fact that the movie is so big people are looking for things to pick on and don’t really know what to think. I’m not saying its the greatest movie ever, not even close, but Spider Man 3 and the likes deserve more of the slandering for storyline that Avatar is getting.

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