Cameron’s “Avatar”: Liberal bloodlust.
The reviews for James Cameron’s new $500 million Avatar movie are coming in. They aren’t that great and yes, as a sci-fi fan that disappoints me. However, what disappoints me the most is the apparent intellectual bankruptcy of story-telling in Hollywood which I surmise is fallout from its over-politicization and a general crisis of creativity that has been noticeable for some time.
Essentially, as pointed out wonderfully in this review from Big Hollywood’s John Nolte, Avatar is nothing more than “a thinly disguised, heavy-handed and simplistic sci-fi fantasy/allegory critical of America from our founding straight through to the Iraq War.” The story is tired and the characters are tedious, and Nolte points out that there are so many “liberal tells” in the plot that the result is “a sanctimonious thud of a movie so infested with one-dimensional characters and PC clichés that not a single plot turn – small or large – surprises.”
But what about the thrilling new special effects that Cameron was supposed to using in this movie? Nolte writes:
Visually “Avatar” doesn’t break any new ground. It looks like a big-budget animated film with a garish color palette right off a hippie’s tie dye shirt. Never for a moment did I believe the Na’vi or the world of Pandora was something organic or real. The fairly pointless use of 3-D certainly doesn’t help, but Steven Spielberg’s sixteen year-old dinosaurs (from Jurassic Park) are light years ahead of “Avatar” in the reality department.
So, Nolte concludes, as have most other reviewers, that we should:
Think of Avatar as Death Wish 5 for leftists. A simplistic, revisionist revenge fantasy where if you freakin’ hate the bad guys (America), you’re able to forgive the by-the-numbers predictability of it all and still get off watching them get what they got coming.
This is interesting to me, because it comes on the heels of a long discussion I had this week with a friend who will be pitching a screenplay about the abortion debate. I will not publicly discuss his story on this blog, but I sensed from talking with him that although he has created a very interesting plot with some fantastic twists and turns, in the end it will be the same old liberal morality play.
My position was not that he should write a pro-life script if that was not his intention, but rather that he take this very creative story and make the typical “conservative” villains in it more three-dimensional. I told him that at this point in the debate, America deserves more.
And maybe, the overall work will be a little more interesting.