Avatar is the story of a tribal indian princess named Pocahontas Naturey Neytiri who meets John Smith Jake Sullivan and has to teach him her tribe’s ways. The guy she should have mated with, Kokoum Tsu’Tey (the one with the mohawk), hates John Smith Jake Sullivan and would rather see him dead. Plus the people John Smith Jake Sullivan works for are looking to obtain some gold unobtanium on the land Pocahontas’ Naturey’s tribe lives on. Can John Smith Jake Sullivan learn to paint with all the colors of the wind see?
If you loved Avatar, this probably isn’t the review for you. Just keep your brain turned off and click here to watch the Avatar trailer again to feel good.
There were a lot of things wrong with this movie, and Red Letter Media probably does it best in reviewing it, but I’ll still try and add my two cents if you can’t be bothered watching their review.
I’d forgotten Red Letter Media had already covered the ridiculous term “unobtanium” — probably because I didn’t know what it referred to because I saw the review before the film. When the corporate bad guy said he was looking for ‘unobtain’ium I already found it difficult to take the movie seriously.
Secondly I found the over-the-top narrative monologues of the main character distracting to say the least. It sounded like a hack version of Humphrey Bogart films from the 1940s. The video logs helped to control the damage of this effect, but often it told us information that we already knew, like that Sigourney Weaver’s character was onto him, or just to help advance the plot when James Cameron was too lazy to do it in an original way.
Maybe James Cameron is trying to prove to the world that he’s super green by recycling plots?
Seriously, tell me how this isn’t an almost exactly copy of Pocahontas, Dances With Wolves–even Fern Gully. Red Letter Media took it one step further and said it’s basically the same movie as Titanic. I never would have thought about that, but they’re right.
Character A comes from world A, meets less civilized Character B who shows them something about life they never knew–and don’t forget the romance–then the people from world A end up destroying the less civilized people and Character A decides to abandon world A for Character B’s world’s ideals.
I was also insulted that he took the worst line of Titanic and made it the spiritual theme of the movie? I see you.
I see Cameron mocking us for spending money on the same repackaged garbage.
In the end, I lost several hours of my life I’ll never get back, but I think the lesson has been learned. If James Cameron is attached to the project, pass it by. And watch the Red Letter Media review, seriously. It does it far more justice than I ever could.