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Avatar film poster (US)

Avatar film poster (US)

I’ve always meant to watch James Cameron’s Avatar, but have never been particularly enthused about the idea. It was on E4 last night,and I decided to take the plunge, as it were. The opening of the film has led to the following sentence, currently rather high up on the list of things I never thought I would write – did its creators want Avatar to be a fantasy/sci-fi Apocalypse Now? Jake Sully’s voice-over made me think that they may have been trying to create such an effect, mimicking Ben Willard’s opening monologue, and later scenes of the helicopters taking off to attack the People (the Pandora natives) were also reminiscent of Apocalypse Now‘s helicopters flight scene, set to Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Now I really want to apologise to the makers of Apocalypse Now. This is Avatar‘s main problem – everything about it has been done before, and done better; . I expected very little from the plot, but it was even more unoriginal than I was expecting. It’s an adventure story built around an individual’s redemption, as he recovers from his brother’s death, and replaces that brother on a journey of exploration on a new planet, which has its own people and way of life. It had potential, but every character, be they from Earth or from Pandora is a stereotype – an extreme stereotype – and it’s impossible to care about them, as they are not developed as individuals. The plot is likewise obvious from the outset; Sully may assert that the purpose of the “old-school brief [was] to put you at ease”, but I beg to differ. (more…)

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