All You Need to Know About the Movie “Avatar”

 

Everything you need to know about “Avatar”, James Cameron’s new tour de force, was written over at HotAir by Dr. Zero, in a post entitled, The Suicide Fantasy. Read the whole thing — and the comments, too — but the essence boils down to this:

The can of holistic whup-ass opened by the magical world of Pandora at the end of Avatar comes from the same grocery of doom that supplies George Monbiot and Polly Toynbee with their nightmares. Read their words again, and understand they don’t really believe those things will happen – no one is stupid enough to believe the twaddle about submerged cities dispensed by the global-warming cult. They want those things to happen. They daydream about glaciers melting and creating tidal waves that deposit soggy clumps of coral reef and rainforest in the middle of London. They shudder with orgasmic delight as they imagine drowning capitalists and politicians coughing out a spray of ice water, dodging the enraged polar bears swept into Fleet Street by the morning tide, and crying “George! Polly! You were right! You were right all along, and we were so blind… Save us!” But it will be too late, and George and Polly will only be able to fold their arms and blaze with smug satisfaction, glowing bright enough to remain clearly visible as they sink into the frigid depths.

Avatar is indeed a suicide fantasy, or more precisely, as one commenter put it, a genocide fantasy. It embodies every liberal cliche ever imagined about good (natives, Gaiea, nature, the environment) and evil (military, mercenaries, capitalism, big business, technology).

James Cameron is already a very very very wealthy man. Why should you contribute your hard-earned dollars to the capitalistic big-business technologically created fruits of his labor?

Stoutcat

4 Responses to All You Need to Know About the Movie “Avatar”

  1. Gerry Ashley says:

    Ah yes… James Cameron. Let’s see if I’ve got this right:

    Cameron, a megamillionaire from his success with “Titanic” and other films, employed the services of thousands of people from movie studios on several continents, spent over $250 million producing the movie, another $100 million to market it, forced the evolvement of movie-making technology (thus creating an industry within an industry) in order to pull off the largely special effects movie. Got it so far. Let’s continue, ’cause here’s where it gets interesting:

    It’s playing on no less than 6 screens at my local cineplex in the following formats:

    Regular (for folks who can only afford the $10 ticket)

    3-D for those that don’t mind paying an extra couple of bucks to “feel the pain” of the Na’vi, and, finally

    IMAX 3-D for those who have an unlimited expense account, no idea how to save during a recession, or those who simply want to disappear into fantasyland.

    And James Cameron’s cinematic metaphor is about the evils of capitalism, big business & technology? Uh, all those things that were necessary for him to express his narciscism (and, hopefully, pocket a few hundred million while he’s at it).

    Isn’t that kind of like the high-priced hypocritical equivalent of having a bonfire gathering in the arctic to protest global warming?

    But it gets better: On the Browbeat section of Slate.com, Nina Shen Rastogi writes about Cameron’s “meticulous attention to detail. Witness, for example, the hubbub over the invented alien language, which Cameron boasts will “out-Klingon Klingon.” Or the fact that he gave every plant and animal on the planet Na’vi, Latin, and common names, all catalogued in a 350-page “Pandorapedia.”

    Continuing: “Cameron seems to have been a little more lax in the biology department—at least when it comes to imagining Pandora’s reigning creature, the Na’vi. Take those already infamous alien boobs: He gleefully told Playboy, “Right from the beginning I said, ‘She’s got to have tits,’ even though that makes no sense because her race, the Na’vi, aren’t placental mammals.”

    Ah yes, “it’s all about the art” isn’t it? Just as long as the art has hooters big enough to attract a bigger audience of guys who need them in their art…

    Oh, wait: This is a Hollywood production. What was I thinking? Never mind. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here… except special effects and a female alien with a balcony you could do Shakespeare from.

    Gerry

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  3. the other Ken says:

    “They want those things to happen.”

    Reminds me of when James Wolcott of Vanity Fair wrote about how he roots for hurricanes. There seems to be some kind of mental illness at play here.

    • Stoutcat says:

      Other Ken, good point. I was horrified (but not surprised) when Wolcott wrote that. It’s also akin to that moron Joel Stein, who wrote in the LA Times about not supporting our troops. Oftentimes the message is hidden, but occasionally it comes out crystal clear.

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