Monday, March 08, 2010

Avatar - It's just a movie for goodness sakes!

I can't tell you how many friends I talk with that are promoting the film (Avitar) that say something to the effect "It's just a movie, it doesn't have any hidden agenda!."


"Why can't you just turn off your mind and just see the movie?"

If you've read (I say read because though I tuned in to the Oscar's for about 45 minutes, I didn't see much more) some of the responses of the celeb's on the Avitar movie, including James Cameron himself, the denial that the movie doesn't have a message that the director wants you to come away with goes down the tubes......

InsideScoop has the post on this "cat-out-of-the-bag" moments of the Oscar Awards night.

James Cameron congratulates himself for rooting against humanity
Anyhow, Cameron was joined by Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington, and they made deep, heavy observations about Avatar and related topics. So deep. So heavy. Like a book of poetry by Britney Spears:

James: I guess I'm most proud of the fact that we made a big commercial movie and it played by the rules of a big commercial movie—we reached a big global audience—but we did it with a message. And I would even argue that some of the success of the film is based on the fact that people are feeling this other level to it. It's connecting them to nature, it's connecting them to a sense of an important cause.

Sigourney: I think that's what so wonderful is that people come up and the first thing they say is, "I've never seen anything like it, and it's so moving."

Zoe: Yeah, I think about a month ago I took my niece and she's only six—and we did talk about this, about how it might not be appropriate for kids under a certain age—but a 6 year old, they get up every 20 minutes to go to the bathroom . For 2 hours 40 minutes, she never got up, never uttered a word. It touched her in such a way that I'm driving her home and I'm like, "So do you want to talk about it?" and she's like, "I think I might need a moment." There was this peace. She got it, it made her feel.

Sam: Well, you listen to a song, okay? The first time you listen to a song you get off on the beat or the way it's put together or the way the band plays it. The first time you see this you get blown apart by the emotion of it, the world that you've created, all the special visual effects. But you only keep going back to the song over and over again if the words actually hit your heart, and people aren't just coming back to this movie twice or three times. We're talking to people who've seen it five or ten times.

James: The film asks us to look at ourselves as human beings from the outside, really if you think about it, from nature's point of view. If we could go and take the perspective of nature and look back at ourselves, that's what the film is doing and by the end of the movie you're rooting for nature.

I don't care so much of a message the movie wants you do see. Most if not all movies do. I just hate when individuals don't want to admit it.

"Just turn off your mind and enjoy the movie" just doen't cut it for me. Especially this movie which has a message of 'humanity vs. nature'.

The message: Nature should win.

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