Avatar – Dances With Cat People

I liked the movie, Avatar, by James Cameron. I have not seen Titanic. The thought of watching a three hour movie about a sinking ship doesn’t appeal to me.

This movie is spectacular to look at. The 3D aspect does make you feel immersed in the movie. Very nice to look at.

Plot: The natives, called Na’vi, on Pandora are under siege by military contractors (not the Marines) to mine the planet for unobtanium, which is worth about 16 million a kilo. That would justify the cost of a corporation spending so much in resources to head to another galaxy. This story happens in the future – the year 2150.

The lead male character Jack Sully, aka Sam Worthington, mentally links to a genetically created human-Na’vi hybrid Avatar to get close to the Na’vi. He was recruited to replace his twin brother who died. He was able to use his brother’s Avatar, because they have the same DNA.  

Side note: Imagine being able to walk about in another body? That’s a scary, yet exciting future to imagine. That is a true, fantasy, roll playing, out-of-body experience.

Zoe Saldana voices Neytiri, the princess of the Na’vi people. Sigourney Weaver plays the brilliant Dr. Grace Augustine, who helped create the Avatars. Stephen Lang (old man hotness) plays the delightful and memorable bad guy Colonel Miles Quaritch. I would savor bringing him back for the sequel. He’s very sexy.

Stephen Lang: Sexy mature man

I cannot imagine seeing this at home, because the 3D aspect would be lost. It was an enjoyable film, not a brilliant masterpiece, but fun all the same.

Racism Chasers

I read the complaints about the racism in this film, or the usage of a “white messiah”. I’m not a “racism chaser”, so I thought the main character, Jake Sully, wasn’t a savior, but someone willing to offer a different perspective and think “outside of the box.” Doesn’t it help to have another fresh set of eyes to look at a problem? Anyway, he helps the Na’vi help themselves. He does not singlehandedly do everything. He admits he cannot.

Did these “racism chasers” even see the film? They get so wrapped up in the modern anti-Western Lit Crit (all the white males are racists) point of view, they can’t watch something with an unbiased perspective. If they remember correctly, all stories have a s/hero who saves everyone. Nowadays, it’s not just a white guy, Will Smith and Denzil Washington have made plenty of Magic Negro films.

People like to look for something to be offended by. It’s a hobby for them.

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