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Avatar may have broken box-office records, but itís still a turkey
London Times Online (U.K.) ^ | December 29, 2009 | Natalie Haynes

Posted on 12/29/2009 1:37:32 AM PST by Schnucki

It is a children’s film dragged out to 162 minutes

Cinema history has been made in America. Box-office takings hit a new record of $275 million over the Christmas weekend, largely because of Avatar. Unless you have been living in a small cave, or perhaps on Pandora, the planet where the film is set, you cannot have missed the Avatar marketing campaign.

Every billboard and bus is sporting a picture of a blue fella with a yellow eye. Every newspaper has run a story on how this is the film that will finally revolutionise 3-D cinema (a full 55 years after The Creature from the Black Lagoon waved his webbed paw slightly nearer an audience’s face than previous technology allowed). And the marketing has worked — audiences have been flocking to see James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic came out in 1997.

So it’s a pity that Avatar absolutely sucks. It’s true that the 3-D stuff is awesome. For the first time, we have a 3-D film that doesn’t have a random scene with a ping-pong ball (House of Wax), a rake (Friday the 13th, Part III), or a woman having sex with a lamp (The Stewardesses), purely to show the audience how 3-D it is.

Avatar isn’t in 3-D for a gimmick, it’s in 3-D because it creates an immersive experience for the viewer. Pandora feels touchably real; it appears to stretch out around you, in minute detail, in every direction.

But that’s where the good stuff ends. Avatar is, in essence, a children’s film, dragged out over 162 minutes. The plot is risibly thin: evil earthlings (Americans, obviously. Period drama has evil Brits, present- day drama has evil Arabs, but in the future, Americans are the villains) are trying to destroy the woodland habitat of the tree-hugging Na’vi.

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1 posted on 12/29/2009 1:37:32 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

Dances with Smurfs, as imagined by Al Gore, Robert Mugabe, and the EnvironNazis on LSD.


2 posted on 12/29/2009 1:44:22 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: Schnucki

I fell asleep after two hours of preposterous EnvironNazi pontificating.


3 posted on 12/29/2009 1:45:16 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: Schnucki

I agree: AVATAR had great 3 D special effects, but the plot was straight out of the Leftard Propaganda Playbook Number 101 - America and technology are EVIL; a barbaric society in tune with nature is GOOD. What absolute CRAP!

Also, there is the hypocrite thing: Comrade Cameron and Company made millions thanks to technology and capitalism.

I wish all of these ignorant Leftards who worship the primitive leave our society and live with the head hunters out in the jungle.

Come to think of it: This would be the Final Solution to the Progressive Problem.


4 posted on 12/29/2009 1:50:43 AM PST by Ronbo1948
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To: Schnucki
Unless you have been living in a small cave, or perhaps on Pandora, the planet where the film is set, you cannot have missed the Avatar marketing campaign.

I've missed it and I don't live in a small cave nor do I live on Pandora, whatever that is.

I watch very little TV and thus, am exposed to little of the marketing propaganda that comes out of Hollyweird.

5 posted on 12/29/2009 1:52:55 AM PST by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Schnucki

What present-day dramas have evil Arabs? They usually trade them in for Russian neo-Nazis or some rot.

As for Avatar? Never. I didn’t like the previews before I knew it was propaganda, and I’m not inclined to give Cameron any more money after Titanic.


6 posted on 12/29/2009 1:55:17 AM PST by Rastus
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To: Schnucki

Interesting. I did not get the same thing out of the movie that you did, apparently. I enjoyed it and its message of anti-narcissistic, personal responsibility.


7 posted on 12/29/2009 2:13:37 AM PST by Ingtar (I closed my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone...)
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To: Schnucki

I had never heard of the movie, until I saw some blurb on Drudge last week.


8 posted on 12/29/2009 2:19:31 AM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Schnucki

Is there a Bush and Cheney character?


10 posted on 12/29/2009 2:32:44 AM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: Schnucki
But how rare could it be? We can probably assume it’s pretty hard to find because Cameron, in a screenwriting moment that must surely have been the consequence of a lost bet, named the mineral unobtainium. Yes, you read that right. Unobtainium.

It is a relatively old term used to describe a material that would solve a difficult engineering problem if it were available.

Unobtainium

11 posted on 12/29/2009 2:43:39 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: Schnucki

I’ve noticed over the years the more hype and publicity a movie has the worse it is.


12 posted on 12/29/2009 2:45:47 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Schnucki

It shows you where the public is going when a cartoon make box office records,must be Obama voters.


13 posted on 12/29/2009 2:49:43 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Schnucki
If evolution works, this movie is pushing us toward a future of bigger eyes and smaller brains.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

14 posted on 12/29/2009 2:52:35 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: South40

I am proud to say that I too have missed the Avatar propaganda. The only place I’ve even heard about the film is being discussed/critiqued on talk radio. No broadcast TV here... I block all internet ads... will go to a bar if I wish to watch a football game...

No wonder the leftist propaganda has a hard time contaminating my brain. The only place I’m in danger of hearing it is in church, and there I choose wisely.


15 posted on 12/29/2009 3:40:03 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: Dallas59
Is there a Bush and Cheney character?

They don't need to name the characters 'Busha' or 'Chenie'. The idea is the humans with their military might try to invade and control a 'peaceful' society that happens to sit on abundant resources.

16 posted on 12/29/2009 3:51:16 AM PST by paudio (Road to hell is paved by unintended consequences of good intentions)
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To: Schnucki

I don’t like it when writers pull out the old insult,”you must be living in a cave if you haven’t heard of such-and-such”. Those of us who have greater intelligence and will power than such writers are quite capable of refusing to be exposed to such things without having to flee to a cave. Also, I have very rarely ever given the left-wing propaganda empire of Hollywood any of my money.


17 posted on 12/29/2009 4:00:30 AM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: Schnucki

The ever weakening Dollar will continue to help many more movies break records in the future.


18 posted on 12/29/2009 4:04:33 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Schnucki

I saw this movie over the weekend. I drove 40 minutes to see it in a theater with good equipment and comfortable seating.

Visually the film is stunning. Worth the price of admission on technical merits alone.

Everything else is a 2D comic book. There is no depth to the characters. The plot is simple and predictable. Much like Titanic, you know how it is going to end before the opening credits. There are no plot twists or sub plots. On the drive home, I was hard pressed to remember the names of any of the characters. If only half as much attention had been paid to the story as to the effects, this movie would be a lock for “Best Picture”.


19 posted on 12/29/2009 4:14:19 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (Bread and Circuses)
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To: Schnucki

I took the grown kids Sunday evening. Expensive, being in 3D, and the popcorn and drinks added to the expense.

The movie didn’t suck - it was just the same old story in a new wrapper.

I’d give it and OK, 3 out of 5 stars.


20 posted on 12/29/2009 4:16:12 AM PST by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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