Just watched Avatar, and I’d really like my almost 3 hours back! Talk about over-rated. I saw an average science fiction movie laden with bright, powerful colors, Star Trek/Star Wars visuals, which was apparently to make up for the fact that the storyline for this movie was ripped from a bunch of different ones. I paused the movie to see how long I had been watching, and it had only been an hour, good thing someone else rented it, but, I watched the entire thing. One thing I missed was Gargamel and Azrael, aren’t they part of this smurf story?
Immediately what came to mind was the noble savage concept when we first meet the Navi, Na’vi, Nav’i, well whatever. The noble savage comes from the 18th century, and books such as Robinson Crusoe, Moby Dick, and The Last of the Mohicans all explore it. Heck, the biggest example in the last 20 years was Dances With Wolves; Americans bad, Sioux good. The definition of noble savage is that they were uncorrupted by the influences of civilization, was considered more worthy, more authentically noble than the contemporary product of civilized training. Isn’t this now considered racist? Here I thought James Cameron was an enlightened man and only those bad, mean, thoughtless, nazi, mob, terroristic conservatives(am I missing any slurs?) were the racist ones. Give me a break. I even heard James Cameron went native in South America or Africa a couple months ago, even though he had his bodyguards, camera crew, and his own food with him, but, hey anything to appear like you actually care about the natives.
Speaking of Dances With Wolves, instead of Sully having to get to be one with wolves, Sully gets the whole freakin’ planet to be one with. Then, you have the Nav’i warriors who are really stand-ins for Sioux or Blackfoot Warriors, and the bad, bad, American military. Oh, you mean it’s not Americans? Ok, sorry, it wasn’t the American military, it was some random corporation with a mercenary force that spoke American English and all looked like Americans(wasn’t that Aliens or Aliens 3?). No, I don’t see any connection there. Apparently Ellen Ripley has turned into Sigourney Weaver and her real-life obvious contempt for military types bled in to the movie, at least it seemed that way to me.
Other movies I saw, was a combo of Independence Day, Braveheart, and The Patriot. Sully practically goes all “they won’t take away our freedom, today is our independence day” or something similar. Then you have The Matrix, where the consciousness of the person is absorbed/downloaded into the “network” of the planet. The Mechs were all from Aliens, and I think the avatars themselves are reminiscent of Ghost in the Shell. I was expecting Jack and Rose, drowning in the ocean, declaring their love forever for each other to pop up somewhere. John Connor should’ve really put Marcus Knight, sorry Jake Sully, out of his, and our, misery.
Ok, rant over.