Avatar movie review–sophisticated eco-fantasy


Wow, Avatar may be the most expensive and sophisticated eco-fantasy movie ever made.

This movie has been getting rave reviews, and pretty much deservedly. The animation is very, very good, the visuals amazing, they developed a complex and believable alien ecosystem, and the 3D works very well. My only complaint is that it gets rather violent at the end, which is okay–but more negotiation and compromise and mind-changing might have been nice to see, rather than the usual blow-up the bad guys showdowns. Of course (see image at bottom) people have pointed out that the plot is very similar to some other movies, but set in the future…

Most notably however is it is the most direct cinematic indictment of the treatment of Native Americans in the formation of the United States, treatment of indigenous peoples by military occupiers, and also the issue of ecological issues such as global warming that I have ever seen. So much so that I think the movie could be politically divisive in some circles. Couching such political commentary in such lavish visual spectacle ensures that many more people will see this movie than will read anything like An Inconvenient Truth. It will be interesting to see if any of the movie’s messages can transcend peoples’ politics going in to see the movie due to the storytelling plus visuals.

Also see Earth Day Links–Save the Environment and free music L & S-Vol 1.

(plot summary image from FAIL blog)

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10 Responses

  1. I thought this movie was amazing in many ways. It did not look fake at all not in one part did it look fake to me.

  2. I LOVE AVATAR ITS THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE IN HISTORY!

  3. So, you’re saying that over two hours of build up should culminate in… a conversation? Wow, that’s a movie I’d pay to see! Good call!

    Clearly there are parallels with reality, especially with native americans, but one might also name a bundle of African countries, Australia, etc. Still, if you’re spending much time considering this whilst watching the movie, you’re missing a treat.

    I love it – the first time a truly alien landscape has ever been realistically achieved in the cinema. I bought the bluray today – it ain’t no 3D cinema experience, but it’s still a thrill to watch.

  4. the movie was amasing-

  5. i love avatar it was awsome to me and my family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. (:I LOVED IT WAS THE BEST MOVIE:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. wen i got it was so cool now i want to buy it so bad now

  8. avatar was awsome….one of the better movies

  9. wow! it is fantastic movie! and i love the character.

    unbelievable film in ever seen.

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