And here I was feeling guilty for not liking it.
Really? I think you don't have to feel guilty for not liking it. Tens of millions of people won't feel guilty for liking it.
"What these people need is a honky."
CGI was pretty. The plot... I wanted to curl up and die.
The whole experience was saved by the adorably cute gay couple to my left, and my BFF to my right. And the marshmallows in my lap.
It was gorgeous. I kept wishing it were someone else's project. You know, someone with a sense of subtlety and history and screenwriting ability.
Thank you for writing that makes me re-examine the art I see. Whatever your intent for committing your thoughts to electrons, I'm glad you do. May I have your permission to post a link to this entry in my LJ and FB?
PS. The image links seem to broken in Safari.
Feel free. Not sure why the images aren't showing up in Safari, but I'm on a PC at the moment and can't check. (Looks fine in FF and IE.)
every time i get the suggestion that i go up north to teach (i.e., inuit and first nations kids) i remember this sketch.
Geez. I want to see the visual spectacle, but I don't think I can stand the movie (or giving that arrogant bastard James Cameron my money for it) just for some eye candy.
It is pretty. And 3D!
Too bad you can't watch it with the sound off.
i think i might be the only person in the world with 0 desire to see this movie... not cos of any subtext, i just don't wanna
I was excited to see it when the project was announced. But the story itself is just... painful.
2009-12-28 07:31 pm (UTC)
> For those white folks sitting around in denial that this was just a "space fantasy" (written for white people, I assume) and totally NOT about race (and racism) as we know and have known it and that anyone analogizing the Na'vi and name-your-indigenous population is just seeing things.... http://www.derailingfordummies.com/
has an interesting take on it: Honestly, I feel like the No One Disabled Can Ever Be Happy angle that's more offensive.
that being said, I'm going to see it for the Spectacle. even before the reviews started coming in, I knew that a) James Cameron has no subtlety and b) he can still craft a story that moves. it's really interesting to see that everyone who has any critical thinking skills and has studied narratives says more or less the same thing.
That's a really good review, and I like that she pointed out that other angle, which I was aware of but didn't dwell on much. I did hate the way the military men were portrayed in this film--that they were automatically set up to be insensitive, unintelligent, and needlessly cruel. I mean, I guess I'm just thinking that in light of the number of soldiers being injured and disabled in our current conflicts, American (and really--this film doesn't make room for The Company's mercenaries to be anything but American) military folks would be a bit above making "meals on wheels" jokes about a Marine in a wheelchair.
It was just another element of the movie in which James Cameron decided to forgo any kind of subtlety to bash! us! over! the head! with his simple-minded sermonizing, because otherwise we'd all be too stupid to get it.
See! If we white folk were to conquer/save you magically innocent, simple, and pure minorities now, we'd be much cooler about it this time!
And that's perhaps what's most disappointing. This movie takes place in the year 2154.
I have no intention of seeing this (the blue people scare me) but I was curious if you'd seen District 9, and if so, what you thought of it?
I saw it for the first time last night and was appalled by a couple of different things...
See it? I'm trying to think of an earlier movie of the same ilk.
Never seen it. Can't think of much in the way of older films, but that's probably a failure on my part.
There's Apocalypse, Now, based on Heart of Darkness, of course. The Last of the Mohicans. Dances With Wolves. And pretty much any pulp romance written by Cassie Edwards.
Still in the Mighty Whitey category, but with less assimilation, Amistad and Schindler's List, since Spielberg is too much of a coward to ever have a hero of the oppressed be the oppressed in his historical epics.