It has only been two weeks since the release of James Cameron’s secondary cinematic contribution and at $745 million (£460 million) it is close to breaking the 1 billion dollar mark following along the same path as Cameron’s first film Titanic, which made $1.8 billion. WOW! We believe it as we had the opportunity to see this film in 3-D, which we recommend all to do.
At the moment, the current top 5 films of all-time are:
1 Titanic (1997) $1.84bn
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $1.13bn
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) $1.06bn
4 The Dark Knight (2008) $1bn
5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) $969m
With Avatar however, we think that though the amazing graphics and digital cinematography exceeds probably even its own expectations, there were a few minor problems such as gun-toting war scenes that were extended a bit too long for our taste and the non-development of characters such as that of Michelle Rodrigues and others.
However, if you
have been living under a rock don’t know about the movie yet, the story takes place on the planet Pandora (Box lol foreshadowing much?) populated with blue-skinned natives called the Na’vi. Humans called the Americans Sky people have destroyed their home planet of Earth and have now invaded Pandora with the intention of stealing the planet’s precious and expensive element Un-obtainium L O L. It is Fern Gully meets Pocahontas meets GI Jane meets..other interesting films. And even though the alleged “political” and “religious” undertones in the film have previously been discussed, there were a few interesting ones we thought were…interesting.
Firstly, the Sky People versus the alien Na’vi seem to make reference to Americans versus Indigenous people. It is argued that the Marines in the film are actually ex-Marines employed by a private company and therefore, not los Americanos though at first glace, it would appear to imitate an American militant attitude.
Movieguide reviews critiqued the film as having a “New Age, pagan, anti-capitalist worldview that promotes goddess worship and the destruction of the human race” but it appears the owner of the site is a “hardcore rightwing christian fundamentalist” who “takes offence to everything”. We wouldn’t say that a pagan attitude or goddess worship towards life is a bad one. Nor do we think that Jesus would have ever excluded anyone demeaning their way of life. Personally, we perceived the film as a commentary on how we should take care of Earth in lieu of abusing it. And SERIOUSLY taking care of the Earth instead of treating it like a trashcan is not a bad message to send. It is valid.
Others allude the film to being a negative commentary on 9/11. Again, watch the film you’ll see what we’re talking about and it is rather silly.
Finally, the author of themovieblog.com calls us to look at fiction as fiction. However, in Canadian newspaper’s the Globe and Mail’s interview with the director James Cameron did mark his intent to send a message, “The idea that governments and corporations were utterly corrupt, evil … systemically wrecking the planet through wars and environmental carnage was pretty much the mainstay of my thought process as a teenager. So you see I haven’t moved much”
It’s not just for the beautiful green world we see partially destroyed though that Cameron made the film, it was also made to bring a sense of wonder back to the theatre. “Watching a movie on an I-phone is not watching a movie”.
The film is unequivocally interesting but long. It is worth not only seeing the one time but maybe a couple more. There are so many details in the cinematography that the passion Cameron had for the concept of this film shines its’ luminous light through painting an idyllic intricate world with the kind of exquisite, animated ecosystem we could only dream of having.
The symmetry the flora and fauna have with living beings is awe-inspiring and breathtaking. Luckily for us, Cameron is planning an Avatar trilogy.
So in taking the film’s green message to heart, take care of the Earth. Grow a plant, shut off the lights, recycle, reduce, reuse, walk …somewhere but go see the film! but carpool!
Image Courtesy of IGN and 20th Century Fox