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Old December 26 2009, 10:39 PM   #72
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Re: When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like "Avatar"?

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The film gets to have its cake here and eat it, too, though. In the world of Pandora, new age nature worship is validated by science - there's a scientifically observable and explainable balance of nature.
Yes but that is exactly what sci-fi IS. You can change the conditions of a story and therefore tell it in a different way, making your point differently.
Naturally. But I don't think one can claim that the film is rejecting or not advocating a new age-type viewpoint because it's rational in that universe.

Beyond sci-fi and fantasy in general, any work with an agenda will show its agenda as rational and/or scientific. Such is the way of things.

It is hard, for example to blame the military colonel for his actions. He is a warrior and is given a war and the task to win it. The film goes out of its way to show how devoted he is to that goal, blind to everything else. He is, to the last, a perfect soldier, he is, while the antagonist, not really a villain.
Naw, he's a villain. 'It'll be very humane,' he says at one point. Drinking that cup of coppa while nuking Hometree, deciding he's got to descreate their shrine, and so on. It's actually the corporate sleazebag who is given a slightly more sympathetic viewpoint in that he seems slightly recitent, and even that's pushing it. He's contemptuous towards the natives, the science of Grace Augustine, and similarly feckless in his attitude.

If you want to say he has a viewpoint, fine, because he does, if you want to say he has layers - that's debateable at best, but I'll give you can make an argument for it. But not the villain? Heck no. He's like everything us Europeans find scary about American patriotism wrapped into one super-masculine package. 'Hoo-Rah! 'MURICA!' would probably be the extent of his defence of his actions.

We need a third way, Avatar is a film that adds to the debate in an interesting if simplistic way, as well as cinematically being probably the best thing on the big screen since ROTK..
In terms of sheer scope of epic spectacle (as well as being a watchable, entertaining movie), I completely agree with this statement.
'Spock is always right, even when he's wrong. It's the tone of voice, the supernatural reasonability; this is not a man like us; this is a god.'
- Philip K. Dick
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