December 17, 2009, - 1:51 pm

Don’t Believe the Hype: “Avatar” Stinks (Long, Boring, Unoriginal, Uber-Left)

By Debbie Schlussel

If you want a Cliff’s Notes (or, I guess, Debbie’s Notes) version of my review of “Avatar,” refer back to my review of the just as awful (but about half as long) “The Battle For Terra,” (which was released in May).  The story, plot, etc. of the two movies are exactly the same.

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Despite the out-of-control hype over “Avatar,” the movie is silly, long, boring, and heavy-handed.  And did I mention, sleep-inducing?  I’ve heard other movie critics and reports say that the 3D animation in this movie is “the most visually stimulating movie I’ve ever seen,” “the best 3D ever,” “Oscar material,” “will change cinema forever,” “a Hollywood colossus,” and even that it “caused motion sickness.”

Don’t believe the hype.  This bloated, highly overrated movie is none of these . . . with the exception of the “Oscar material” claims, since we know that the contemporary Academy Awards famously award far-left tripe like this. Did James Cameron really spend years of his life on this rotten stew?

Clocking in at nearly three hours, “Avatar” is an incredible waste of time.  It’s essentially a remake of “Dances With Wolves” and every other movie where we evil Americans terrorize the indigenous natives, kill them, take their land, and are just all around imperialistically wicked and inhumane.  Oh, and we’re destroying the environment, clearing precious giant trees and natural landscapes and killing rare animals and their habitats, in order to invade and harvest valuable substances under the ground.  Sound familiar?  Yup, just like a million diatribes from Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, and every other far-left outlet about how we invaded Iraq for oil.

Yes, “Avatar” is cinema for the hate America crowd.

And, like “Dances With Wolves,” there is, of course, the standard stock White male and/or human character who “becomes one of them” and sympathizes with their plight, begging the evil humans–or evil Americans, take your pick–to stop the invasion, destruction, and wholesale theft.  It’s been in a million movies you’ve seen, including this summer’s far superior if equally heavy-handed and manipulative, District 9″ (read my review).

The story: Sam Worthington (who was fantastic in “Terminator: Salvation” – read my review) plays Jake Sully, a paraplegic U.S. Marine, who was injured while at war. His twin brother, who died under other circumstances, was a scientist and part of a government project developing “avatars” for interaction with the native race of the planet Pandora (wow, what an original planet name).  He’s not actually working for “the government” or “the military,” but a contractor a la Blackwater.  Yes, the propaganda is that thinly-veiled.

The U.S. has invaded Pandora to harvest a valuable mineral beneath the earth. It is using the avatars–beings comprised of the mixed genetic material of their human operators and the alien race on Pandora–to communicate with the natives and try to get them to cooperate and sympathize with the human goals.  Each avatar is controlled by the mind of the human possessing its DNA, while the human is “sleeping” inside a computer-equipped pod.

Jake is recruited because he has the same DNA as his deceased twin and, like his brother, resembles his avatar and can connect with it. The scientists are headed up by Susan “Sigourney” Weaver who plays her typical indignant, bitchy liberal self. Weaver is mad that the military people don’t want to understand and interact with the natives and instead want to harvest minerals instead of keeping the ancient trees that interact like computers with the other beings on the planet. But Jake is secretly working for the Marine General who wants to ship in, destroy the trees and the natives, and ship out, so we can save the dying earth, where “they’ve destroyed the mother” (meaning, Mother Earth).

Ultimately, though, Jake falls in love with one of the most prominent natives, the chief’s daughter, and learns to fly his flying dragon. He begins to oppose the Marine General. But it is too late. The soldiers are ordered in to start destroying Pandora’s nature and people.

Sound exciting to you? Trust me, I’m making it even more interesting than it is. I could barely stay awake. And the 3D isn’t as great as people are saying, either. Smurf-like natives made to look like overgrown American Indians, complete with warpaint, mohawks, and long ponytails (that have computer-like USB cable tendrils in them, which can communicate with nature–ludicrous).  Does that sound like earth-shattering stuff to you? They looked like Jar Jar Binks with arrowheads.  That’s not to mention the basically topless state of the female avatars, whose nipples are barely covered by a few strategically placed threads. Nice for a PG-13 flick with audiences sure to be populated by kids galore.

Sure, it was cool to see floating mountains and different animals and plants in bright colors. But ten minutes of that was enough. I didn’t need a full-course meal of three hours of America-hatred to go with it.

And I laughed a lot . . . at times that were supposed to be serious. To me, this joke of a movie was ridiculous in its absurdity and overt hating on Western civilization.

My father used to say that one can judge the strength of capitalism and freedom in a society by the level of creativity and originality in that society. “Avatar” is yet another loud, garish example from Hollywood that capitalism and freedom in America aren’t strong at all. It’s neither original nor creative.

It’s just a long bore. And a waste of your ten bucks. Not to mention three hours you’ll never get back.

Why drive to the movies, pay for tickets, and spend hours in a dark room, when you can just as easily read Noam Chomsky or the speeches of Hugo Chavez in the comfort of your own home and couch?

Same difference.

“Avatar” is an intelligence test.  If you fell for it, you failed.

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219 Responses

I stopped going to movie theaters after paying to see Apocalypse Now. The liberal media and Holylesswood want to skew our minds. Just look at the current gay Levi commercials and you’ll get my drift.

The silent majority has had enough. 2010 will be a revolt against liberals. Major revolt!!! They will be many starving artists!

People, demand you money back (refund) if you do not agree with what you see.

America is beautiful but we need to perform a deep cleaning. Mr. Obama is doing a great job highlighting who is who. That is why we voted for him. Transparency… and it is working.

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Oprah on December 25, 2009 at 12:20 am

For the airheads in the comment section, take note: all these references to imperialism and ethnic cleansing do not make the movie awful (just) because they’re cheap propaganda for your favorite delusion.

They make the movie awful because they’ve been done dozens and dozens times in the last 50 years. The thing is literally Pocahontas In Space.

Now, don’t get me wrong, they are propaganda and you are delusional – there were no peaceful Native Americans oppressed by white people. “Native Americans” (as white people now imagine them) consisted in fact of hundreds of cultures and “nations”, most of whom hated their neighbors and plotted constantly to kill them. This is where all those tricky stories about white people fighting with natives come from, as well as the references to white “betrayals” of treaties. Guess what came before the treaties? It wasn’t Thanksgiving dinner, unless you count divvying up the next tribe’s larder after butchering them hand in hand.

Look up the history of the slave trade in Africa if that’s your preferred fantasy. It’s the same story. Only the most desperate dregs of Europe risked their necks on slave raids. Most slaves were hand delivered by their conquerors or jailors.

The fact that European prospectors were cruel or desperate enough to play groups of contemptible savages off against each other doesn’t recommend them as anything other than murdering racists, but neither does it remove the “contemptible” nor “savage” tag from the fools who sold out their neighbors. That’s why the hundred movies with nearly identical plots to Avatar are pathetic propaganda playing to ignorance.

But again, that isn’t what makes these movies suck. They suck because there so goddamn many of them that you start to wonder if any two of the writers could appear in the same photograph. And they particularly suck when there are so few tweaks to the formula that you can recite the entire movie 30 minutes in.

hitnrun on December 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm

It must be really depressing and boring for you guys to have to screen every form of entertainment that comes your way to make sure it isn’t “leftist propaganda.”

Glad I don’t live in your world.

Inque on December 26, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Just FYI, I don’t “screen” every form of entertainment that comes my way to make sure it isn’t leftist propaganda. I am who I am, and I try my best to enjoy every piece of entertainment I’m lucky enough to come across with an open mind. I watched this movie (unfortunately) with family based on rumors of good CGI and while some of the images were cool, the story/plot was awful.

    Anyone with two cents of intelligence should know that this movie was so far left, it was ridiculous. It was quite obvious…no “screening” required.

    While I’m in favor of ideas like conservation and renewable energy, I just have to wonder when will all this eco-fanatism stop?

    Kevin on December 26, 2009 at 2:52 am

I paid 12 dollars, I want six back. A visual masterpiece but please people the story line is as lame as it gets. I would think it was a satirical masterpiece if I didn’t know Cameron to be a flaming lefty.
All the bad guys are white, male and speak English. That formula is really old and tired just like Cameron. The majority of heroes are heroins. Women call all the shots and make most of the relevant decisions, that’s consistent with the feminisation of our society, and finally plenty of sympathy for tree huggers. Not a dry eye in the house when that big renewable energy source hit the ground. What I’d pay for a film that entertained instead of indoctrinated.
Finally for all of you who think the use of natural resources to improve our standard of living is a bad thing spend the night in the back yard under the stars freezing to death if you live in the north or being infested with a myriad of insects if you live in a warmer climate. THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE ! Enough said.

six back on December 26, 2009 at 2:02 am

I’ve always maintained that popularity does not necessarily equal quality (Ex. Britney Spears music). ‘Avatar’ is flashy and has charmed a lot of people with that flash, but it ultimately falls flat. The list of reasons is long and telling. One-note characters, hackneyed plot, lame dialogue, ham-fisted AND one-sided portrayals of technology, capitalism, native peoples, human beings… I could keep going, but unlike Cameron, I choose to be merciful and brief. Save your time and money. Go watch ‘Roman Holiday’, or some other movie that truly stands for quality in film making.

Koh on December 26, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Wow! We need more of this stuff to flush the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld years back down into the sewer where history will eventually recognize they belong.

BoSt on December 27, 2009 at 7:35 am

    What really needs to flushed down the sewer is all this facist redistribution of wealth crap that Obama/Reid/Pelosi is shoving down America’s throat.

    LibertyForever on December 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I love that people keep calling this 3D. It’s not 3D and it’s not really animation either. It’s a new type of filmography altogether. That aside, I’ve seen it, I love it. Excellent show!

Harry on December 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

For all of those who hate left-wing movies; here’s one you will like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAxaFxjiDk&feature=video_response
Its the Cheney blueprint for the new Amerika.

BoSt on December 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm

The movie did suck, but no one cares about the political tripe you talk about.
Who cares if they used the US, you don’t see Germans complaining whenever another Indy or Die Hard comes out, or wait, anything really.
The 3D was the worst part of the movie, utterly useless for 90% of the movie, it looked bad and was hardly noticeable, this movie should have had a few 3D scenes like Superman Returns.
The tory is a complete ripoff, and its being sold as an epic action flick, when in reality its a mildly entertaining snooze fest.
Even if Cameron created this movie 15 years ago, he still copied Dances with Wolves 5 years after it cleaned out the oscars, and thats the only thing Cameron cares about.
The true test is to see how many people get robbed by this so called experience and then pretend they liked it, which by the looks is a whole lot. I really pity the Sheep of our society.

GOTT on December 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Why would any movie studio gamble $500 bazillion on a movie script that is %100 original? Would it be less risky to take a time tested proven story, repackage it with some original elements and set the stage with the absolute cutting edge visual effects?

I found the parallels thought provoking at least, simply because there are historical and current events that support it and make it seem plausible. (Japanese whaling, deforestation, species extinction, pollution, might is right, corporate greed and militarization, forced relocation)

What would you have the antogonists in the military hardware as anyway, the Chinese? Perhaps more realistic in any given future anyway.

Your criticism seems to me as shallow and mediocre as you would have your readers believe the movie as being.

zef on December 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Saw AVATAR in IMAX 3D this weekend. The funniest scene is when they plug themselves into the group and start singing (sing..sing a song, make them happy, a whole day long) – wrong song but you get the idea. The story is lame, weak and boring.

Movies I thought about while watching this:
Dinotopia & the flying dinos that pick & bond to you only.
Matrix – we’re going to die- let’s have a rave!

The 3-D effects did not compensate for the weak story line. This movie is only an epic -if epic means a 3 hour movie.

Background on unobtainium: what are they using it for? and if it’s that valuable don’t you think they’ll be coming back?

It takes 6 years in space to get to the planet. Signoury has been there for X number of years – enough to write a book – yet the corporation is giving Jake Sully only 3 months to get in with the natives? If they’re soooo evil why haven’t they taken the stuff 6 years ago????

BEST THING about this movie:
1. IMAX theater had matinee prices
2. The guy next to me was very nice about sharing the arm rest.
3. No commercials before the movie.

sandy on January 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

It’s the free market in action. If you are a conservative though, you have to ask yourself: why, in the marketplace of ideas, has Avatar already been so phenomenally successful? I don’t think you can write it off to the special effects extravaganza. Andrew Leonard does an excellent job addressing this question here: http://www.salon.com/technology/how_the_world_works/2010/01/05/the_conservative_backlash_against_avatar/index.html

If Avatar is anti-American, why do you think is sells so well world-wide? Don’t you think it might have something to do with our actions? No, I don’t really care if the world loves us, but we ought to think about what the cost of being so widely disliked really is.

Have you ever had a friend who could not make his or her relationships with the opposite sex work? You know the type of people who just write off all of their failed relationships as the fault of the other person. “He was just too demanding.” “She just couldn’t commit”… etc, etc. After awhile you just have to say, “Dude, it’s not them, it’s *you.*”

The world doesn’t hate us for what we have. The world doesn’t hate us because we love freedom and democracy. The world hates us because of the things we do. If we really are a great and moral nation, we might want to think about that.

Clark on January 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm

If this is a movie for the hate America group, than how come you don’t like it? You conservative “Teabaggers” are the real Anti Americans, not those of us. like me who love freedom of thought and exchange of ideas. Those of you including Debbie Schlussel, hate America and all it stands for. Stay home and watch brain dead idiots like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Bill “Shoot First Ask Questions Later” O’Reilly. Bush and the GOP used our Constitution as toilet paper.

David A Morse on January 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm

This review was actually a test. If you fell for it, and changed your opinion about the movie from ‘like/loved the movie’ to ‘disliked/hated the movie’, you failed the test.

tintin on January 7, 2010 at 4:36 am

wow! pathetic, it’s just a movie… and by the way for me it was AWESOME, and still I agree the plot is not even a 10% original (but if every movie had to be a 100% original, how many movies would we have now?)so if others liked it and you didn’t well… nobody is telling you to like it… so why should you tell others not to like it?

lunaa on January 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Ha, this movie was fantastic, acting was good, cinema was great, story was outstanding. There are so many movies coming out of hollywood and elseware that an original movie actually doesn’t seem original.

If you go to any movie (entertainment) and read into it political mumbo jumbo you are a complete idiot….good lord its a fricken Movie.

So apparently the fan base doesn’t agree with your review, learn to give an honest review based on entertainment not political views.

Danny on January 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

You’ve got serious problems. The movie does suck – we agree on that – but your childish complaints and shallow defenses only wasted more of my time after first having seen the movie.

Mike on January 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

Didn’t conservatives learn anything from Mel Gibson’s film? The more of a controversy you make it, the more tickets will be sold, and the more the film you can’t stand will be seen. Talk about intelligence tests.

It’s funny how conservatives shout about how liberals don’t get mainstream America. But comes a liberal success, embraced by millions in the country, and they can’t accept it.

What a bunch of growth arrested adolescents! Cameron is crying all the way to the bank.

Avatard on January 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

How can someone who spends as much time and money to make herself appear attractive have such an ugly mind and an uglier heart as you, Deb? Using your review of Avatar, it seems as though you have no ability to empathize, nor the ability to interpolate between past actions and current reactions.

As one of your detractors said on an earlier comment post here, the worldwide acceptance of Avatar speaks volumes about how the world views its big brother (the USA), if indeed YOU are correct in the assumption that the movie is actually about the US military machine. I’m not so certain that it is about that.

Consider that the marines of Avatar are employees of a private army, not sworn soldiers of any government. They undoubtedly have military backgrounds, but so do a most of the guns for hire around the our own globe. No, Cameron used easy-to-recognize symbols so that moviegoers could get to the heart of the story without having to learn or wonder about the wherefores of the military compound. It’s familiar to us already. (Which is rather sad, when you think about it.)

Your review smacks of an agenda, you know. In stating that the 3D effects are exquisitely rendered, as are the motion-capture and performance effects. I honestly believe that anyone experienced in related industries will tell you likewise. The only reason I can think of for you to be so blinded to even these simple merits of the film is that you have only hate for all the things and all the people whom you have labeled as going against your own views.

That’s sad. In my America, we allow multiple points of view. In fact, in my America, when someone speaks with passionate vehemence for other views, we call it the run-up to fascism. Is that what you’re really about, Deb? You want a single-view America?

Well, you won’t get it.

Freedom Man on January 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

I agree with Debbie straight down the line. “Avatar” is “District 9” with different aliens. But Debbie, let’s get one thing clear, these movies need a good guy and a bad guy, and the pat bad guys are the evil imperialists … you can interpret that as “Hate America” … but you’re giving them too much credit and you’re reading too much into it … What this is is no different than a child in a highchair that throws a spoon at the ground every time they need attention. The child really doesn’t know what they’re doing, they don’t hate food, they don’t hate their parent … BUT they know they’ll get attention every time they throw a spoon. For you to interpret that as the child “hates food” or “hates their parent” is the same thing as saying “Avatar” is for the hate America crowd. It’s attention getting … that’s all it is … and in the end, in show biz, attention getting is the name of the game.

Mike on January 11, 2010 at 11:45 am

Hey dumb bitch, Pandora is not a planet. It’s a satellite, a moon of a gas-giant. Yeeessh.

JakeSully on January 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm

What a cunt.

Calgon on January 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Your review counts for nothing… Not even worth the words

Avatar Fan on January 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Hilarious:

“Smurf-like natives made to look like overgrown American Indians, complete with warpaint, mohawks, and long ponytails (that have computer-like USB cable tendrils in them, which can communicate with nature–ludicrous).”

It’s the ludicrous that gets me.

Donk on January 12, 2010 at 1:12 am

Hey, Deb, ever notice how those who preach things like “In my America, we allow multiple points of view” or “like me who love freedom of thought and exchange of ideas” attack you for yours? LOL! Hypocrites, leftists (but I repeat myself). Or, my personal favorite, variations of “The world hates us because of the things we do”. Who the hell cares what “the world” thinks? Don’t like the country, leave it!

Ah, the incessant hypocrisy of the liberal left.

Hang in there, kid. You’re doing great!

DesertRat71 on January 12, 2010 at 1:52 am

I side with Debbie and her work! I support her!

lindap on January 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

“My father used to say that one can judge the strength of capitalism and freedom in a society by the level of creativity and originality in that society.”

Your father sounds like a flake.

JP on January 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I haven’t seen Avatar and really have no interest in seeing it. I was not particularly attracted to the movie based on the promos and other stories I’ve seen about. What is striking is the vehemence of the hate expressed toward Debbie’s review. The fact is, Hollywood IS a cesspool, as much as I hate to say it, and they very rarely make a good movie anymore. The morals, ethos and culture of so much of the movie/entertainment industry is disgusting. The fact that so much of the world loves the movie does speak volumes. A world filled with the appeasers of the medieval murderous Islamic culture of hate and violence, that attacks freedom, pluralism and tolerance does not vindicate this movie. Neither does a dialogue that rises to the level of using the “c” word as its riposte to a review with which it disagrees.

BethesdaDog on January 13, 2010 at 12:51 am

This is the problem with conservatives: as much as they want and try to be trendy, they just can’t pull it off. It’s like a nerdy kid trying out for the football team. Deb, you have “soccer-mom”, conventional, politically correct thinking written all over you. You’re lame. You love America, great – I’m sure the best presents you got this holiday were one of those mini-flags, so you can wave it at everyone you pass by (nothing like showing off your pride, right?), and matching red, white and blue apparel. I wouldn’t be surprised if your favorite song is the Star Spangled Banner.

It’s kind of funny that a person like you would be ragging on Avatar for it’s unoriginal plot, when all you are is just a voice for your political agenda. In short, you’re obvious and your writing is cliche.

Regarding the movie, what really is the impact of it anyway? Movie-goers nowadays only go to be entertained in the most basic way – to have an overload of sensory stimulation that’s purely ephemeral. They don’t give a shit. They won’t care down the line in the years to come, much less when they leave the theater. It’s a form of escapism, they don’t want to bring their real world problems into the film – they leave all that behind and, for most, it’s just a pleasure seeking experience. Even if the movie did have some messages, people will only want to see it as an innocuous, happy-ending fairy tale.

Matthew Dart on January 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

Oh, you’re so funny.

This movie doesn’t hate America. Just your version of it. And obviously the country is rejecting its “uber-left” agenda, what with the buckets of money being thrown at it by everyone. People vote with their wallets. And they think your America blows.

I’m guessing most Disney movies and children’s shows are also “uber-left” by your definition. Probably the Constitution and Bill of Rights as well. Ugh.

Kelly on January 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

You haters must feel so special blah blah blah I didn’t like it, bet ya didn’t even see it. We will call you when we need a review of the WWE.

mark on January 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm

The special effect and action were good. The only character I enjoyed was the General. (sippin his coffee whe the battle, fighter till the end bad ass)

The story was weak, boring, and predictable. When I go to see a movie. I go to be entertained not preached to.

most people saw it because of the hype, action and the special effect; not because they have a problem with America.

raine on January 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Thanks, Debbie

You said it!

A Totally hyped up movie,that over simplifies issues concerning the environment and other cultures.

Christian on January 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

utter garbage debbie. fat bitch, you disgrace conservatives. there were no naked people in the movie dumass. also, there was no connection betweeen blackwater and avatar. unless avatar is now in the minig industry

sean smith on January 18, 2010 at 1:28 am

I guess I’ll be 161 for the response list, but I just want to say that AVATAR speaks for itself. You people want to talk about the story, the graphics, the meaning, everything??? Over a billion dollars spent in how long??? 1 month??? WAKE UP!!!! This is America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! America went to see Avatar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody gives a fuck about this blog, about this comment, about the shitty popcorn, about the guy that died during last nights show, about the stupid fucking comments. America went to see AVATAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! America will continue to see AVATAR, STAR WARS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, ET, CASABLANCA, TITANIC because we want to dream bigger than ourselves we don’t want to live into the bullshit that this whole blog is built on. So shut the fuck up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jordan McKown on January 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Actually the film is full of conservative messages and a triumph of modern capitalism in how much $$$ it has raked in. Rambo writer (James Cameron) and Fox(not exactly a hotbed of liberalism here) have concocted a wonderful right-wing educational piece for our youth. Basically we have a story about a bunch of illegal immigrants(bad guys) coming in and trying to steal the private property and mineral wealth of the locals (decent religious folks) without any free market exchange of any beneficial goods or services in return(aka Commies) and when the natives get pushed too far, family killed and their home tree toppled (think Twin Towers), they exercise their love of life and liberty as well as their personal sidearms (2nd amendment) to send these illegals (now turned terrorist) packing! And to top it off the hero is the one macho white guy on the winning side, this on a planet full of blue colored people!

Lance on January 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

STFU bitch

222 on January 20, 2010 at 6:25 am

Ha ha ha, oh wow…this is supposed to be a review? More like a rant. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a review more blatantly biased.

Pro tip: the next time you decide to make a review, dear, try to remain objective.

Your review receives three O’Reillys and an Ann Coulter.

O464 on January 20, 2010 at 7:50 am

Finally someone with good sense!!!! ARGH!!!

I felt EXACTLY the same!!!

Who wants to lose three hours to a smurfy-LED-backlit-pocahontas-on-the-star-wars-matrix????

Alex on January 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Debbie, have you been following the controversy over the alledged racism in the film? Actually, I thought the movie racist for a totally different reason than anyone has mentioned so far: all of the scientists, company officials, and ex-military mercenaries are White, with but a singular exception, and I’m not even sure about that one exception. When the villain runs outdoors to shoot at the helicopter with his carbine and, when it runs out of ammo, his pistol, I vaguely remember a Black security man running after him to hand him his breathing mask. If I am remembering this correctly, this was the only Black man in the entire firm. If I am remembering this incorrectly, then there were no Blacks at all. It is as though all of these self-righteous White Hollywood millionaires who have benefitted from both the just as well as the unjust parts of our economy so much more than 99% of the rest of the population are telling White America that corporate plunder, colonialism, and racial hatred — indeed all of the evils of the aorld and of this other planet — are all our fault. Until the recent past, some may even have accepted this as a biting yet fair allegorical critique of the way society works. But no longer. I can guarantee that it isn’t the nasty White man who amputates the feet of the slaves who mine the blood diamonds that the Hollywood glitterati purchase by the kilo rather than the karat.

Greg S. on January 23, 2010 at 3:17 am

I AM BLACK AND AFRICAN. I thought i should share that before giving this honest opinion. America is suffering from success guilt. You just like every great empire before you are coming to a halt. Your entertainment is very AMERICA DESTRUCTIVE eg 2010 terminator the day the earth stood still etc. DEBBIE America is not the world its, in it. I.ve had a great time reading your review and the comments about a movie that tried to show you that point, and I really wish you a great and successful life. tsela tweo(have a great trip)

DOME on January 24, 2010 at 5:43 am

Debbie,

Spot on! Thanks for clearing the air of that Bodacious stink bomb of a movie.

John Mills on January 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I believe John Cameron did make a “lefty” film. Judging from the comments from the right wing Avatar should have cast a one- dimensional square jawed patriot like John Wayne. The aliens of course would be ignorant and savage. The Hero could lead his troops in an orgy of violence with the viewer feeling any guilt… only pride. And the kids would love it! The kids would learn an important lesson about the necessity of war and imperialism. James Cameron blew a great opportunity to ideologically support the corporate forces engaged in economic warfare and the devastation of our habitat.
What WAS he thinking?

Maurice Pedro on January 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

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