AVATAR – Hidden Messages Not So Hidden, But Still Entertaining

avatar_bigteaser This is the season for movies it seems.  I’m not much of a movie goer having been very restricted by post-divorce financial realities until just recently. I prefer to read books over watching TV, so dying to see the next new movie release is just something I don’t do.   This holiday season, however, there are several movies I am dying to see.  In fact, there are no less than five.  That’s a lot of ticket fees and popcorn costs!.

One of them, the recent release, Avatar, is getting quite a bit of press.  I’m not much of a sci-fi fan but this one looked interesting to me because of my interest and involvement in the internet, blogging and social networking. The story is completely different than what I thought it was going to be based on the trailer I saw. I predicted it would be something more like Star Wars meets You’ve Got Mail, where two people in a virtual world get to know each other and fall in love in that virtual world and then end up falling in love in real life somehow. That’s NOT what Avatar is about.  I still thought Avatar was a great story line though not hugely original (something more like Dances With Cats, really) but very entertaining even so.

Over at Yahoo, the movie is getting some press about the hidden messages it contains.  Excuse me, but the messages contained in this movie are nowhere near hidden.  In fact, they are obvious and blatant to the point of discomforting.  Subtle is not a word that fits the description of the overt and almost obnoxious messages that are contained in this film.  You can click on over to Yahoo’s Holiday Movie Guide to read the analysis.  I won’t bore you by replicating it here.  I agree with it for the most part.  Enough said. 

I still think the movie is well worth seeing.

In spite of the messages that come close to detracting from a good fun story, the video is one that I will see, all told three times by the time this holiday season is over.  It is a movie worth seeing and enjoying just for the sheer creativity and technology involved.  The creation of the world, Pandora, is over the top detailed and beautiful.  The flight sequences, battle scenes and the creatures combine to deliver an experience that saturates the senses with color, motion, sound and adrenaline.  One can’t help but sit back in awe and wonder at the creative brilliance behind the work.avatarmovie-pd

Even if you aren’t into sci-fi, I’d encourage you to go along just for the ride.  See it in 3D if you can.  It will be a wonderfully entertaining experience that won’t leave you having to wrestle too deeply with complex ideological undertones.  If you can get past the overt political and social messages, Avatar is a movie that is just good, creative fun.

3 thoughts on “AVATAR – Hidden Messages Not So Hidden, But Still Entertaining

  1. I may go see it tonight. Thinking about it anyway. For many years I have been waiting for a scifi of the same quality as 2001–A Space Odyssey, by far the best science fiction film ever made. However, Hollywood is addicted to money and always seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator, so we get a flood of films that are more in the action genre and appeal to people who do not want to think much.
    There are a number of older science fiction novels out there that I would love to see transformed into well-made movies. Tops among these is the Robert Silverberg classic, Downward To Earth. In the far future, the great star empire of imperial earth is declining and pulling back. Planets that we had colonized and who’s inhabitants we conquored are being left to their own devices. A man who had once been a colonial soldier on one of these planets is suffering from guilt and he returns to that world on a soul-searching quest for absolution. The resulting story is one of the best ever written as he discovers the true nature of the inhabitants that we had never suspected.
    Another story that is supposed to be coming out as a film sooner or later, is the classic Arthur C. Clarke adventure, Rendezvous With Rama. In the late 21rst century, earth’s deep space observation network discovers a huge object hurtling towards the solar system from the depths of interstellar space. The first sat photos reveal it to be of artificial origin, an enormous cylinder, tens of kilometers long. At the same time it becomes clear that this object is going to slingshot around the sun and again vanish into the black eternity of space on its way to some unguessable destination. It has probably been traveling for many thousands of years and probably has many more thousands of years to go before it arrives at it’s mysterious destination. There is only a few days to mount an expedition and try to solve the mystery of Rama.
    The list goes on. I do hope Holllywood gets it together one of these days and starts making stuff for those of us who need something more than Schwarznegger films.


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