Avatar – Visually Stunning, But Ultimately Boring and Predictable
I really did go into this film with an open mind. After about 30 minutes I was pretty sure I knew how I’d feel about the rest of the film. Why? Because I could see exactly how it was going to play out and all I really wanted was for it to end.
This movie had major issues. Visually it was wonderful. Pandora really was a paradise. But I just can not get behind this film. I sort of want to slap every single member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that voted for it over The Hurt Locker.
The screenplay was so dead. The dialogue, for the most part, was ridiculous. It was like James Cameron wanted to see just how many clichés he could fit into two and a half hours. I didn’t relate, or really care about, any of the characters including the Na’vi.
The story was so predictable. I pretty much saw it all coming before any of it happened. And I’m sorry but that middle part where Sully is learning the ways of The People? Has this movie met The New World? Because it was basically a rehash of that movie, only less poetic.
I feel the pacing of the movie was way off. It was longer than it needed to be and far lesss action packed than it should have been. If you want to make a slow-paced movie, talk to Terrence Malick, because he’s the king of doing that and still keeping you entranced in the film.
Also, is it too much to ask for a movie where everything isn’t so black and white, good vs. evil? Is it? Take The Hurt Locker for example. There’s a movie where the lines between what is right and what is wrong are as blurred as they really are in life. Also, there’s a movie that knows a thing or two about pacing. There’s not a dull moment in The Hurt Locker, even when almost nothing is happening you are on the edge of your seat. Unlike in Avatar where for the bulk of the film I just wanted it to end.
I also take offense to the plot. There needed to be way more background on why the humans were so evil. Because if it’s based on where we are now as a species, there would be protesters and legislation and people would see the parallels to what was going on on Pandora to what happened in the early days of American colonization. Or colonization anywhere for that matter. Take a Post-Colonial Studies class, Mr. Cameron and then tell me that we’d let that shit happen all over again. I strongly disagree.
And to quote Quentin Tarantino again “This CGI bullshit is the death knell of cinema. If I’d wanted all that computer game bullshit, I’d have stuck my dick in a Nintendo.”
As beautiful as Pandora was and as revolutionary as the technology is I do not feel connected to that world at all. Not the way I do when Earth is filmed beautifully. Again I mention Terrence Malick. Watch The Thin Red Line or The New World and tell me that this Earth isn’t as beautiful as Pandora. Tell me that you feel more connected to Pandora than you do this world we actually live in. If you do I don’t think I want to know you.
I like a fantasy film as much as the next person, but this movie is deeply flawed and I will not be won over by fantastic technology. I want to connect to a film, I want to be moved by it, I want characters with depth and a story I can’t predict. And I’m sorry Mr. Cameron, but you have failed me.
One last thing, if the Academy rewards Cameron for his direction of this flawed film over Kathryn Bigelow I will be strongly disappointed in them. And if they reward this deeply flawed film, because it made money instead of Bigelow’s masterpiece that no one saw, they will have lost what little respect I had left for them.
I’m going to end this post with a quote from Roger Ebert, “Yes, I love Avatar. Still do. But not for Best Picture. Hurt Locker, I’d say. Up in the Air. A film, not a phenomenon.”
Posted on January 29, 2010, in Golden Globes, Review, the Academy Awards and tagged Avatar, Golden Globes, James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino, Roger Ebert, Terrence Malick, the hurt locker, The New World, The Thin Red lIne, Up In The Air. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.