Avatar: Please Explain

9 Nov

avatar-movie-posterHmm. I just don’t know.  I’m usually pretty in touch with pop-culture type stuff, especially when it comes to super-hyped stuff, but I just have no idea about the upcoming movie Avatar.  I mean, I know about it – it’s James Cameron’s huge vanity project, he’s been making it for years and years, it has graphics that are so sweet they’ll blow your mind and do your laundry, it’s going to change the way we watch films… etc… etc…

There also seems to be a massive fanboy contingent that has taken a huge interest in the movie, and every time there’s a new trailer, flame wars break out all over the internet.  But I still… just… don’t get it? I mean, it looks pretty cool I guess, and I think that Cameron does sympathetic aliens well – I love the Abyss – and I’m all for whiz-bang effects in films, but why, exactly, are we all so excited about this film in particular?

From what I’ve seen so far, from the underwhelming debut trailer to the more recent one that Joe R. rightly points out is pretty much… Fern Gully with better graphics, it just doesn’t seem that amazing.

None of the usual boxes on the fanboy checklist are filled in –  sure, it’s sci-fi, but it’s not based on some existing comic franchise, as far as I can tell, and it doesn’t star Nathan Fillion.  Joss Whedon has nothing to do with it, either. In fact, the whole thing seems pretty derivative. The video game tie-in looks pretty standard, even though it’s being touted as some kind of big deal – perhaps this is because the central conceit of the film (paraplegic is inserted into 10-foot alien via brain transfer) is videogamey enough to stir interest? I mean, the Far Cry 2 engine is sweet and everything, but the game just sort of looks like Gears of War.

So, what am I missing? Don’t get me wrong, it looks pretty cool, but why is this movie going to be so. effing. great?  Is it really just that it has rad special effects?  Is that even enough to carry a film anymore?

I dunno. I want more. Please illuminate me as to what I am missing.

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8 Responses to “Avatar: Please Explain”

  1. The Sonia Show November 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    I’m having the same problem with it and went on a snarky rant last month.

    http://thesoniashow.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/the-film-is-not-rated-due-to-graphic-laziness/

    I wanted to be excited about it, but the trailers have left me unimpressed.

    • Kirk November 10, 2009 at 11:39 am #

      Nice! Is is not always the case, but often, it’s good to see we’re on the same page. I know many folks agree – I just can’t find anything on the Avatar-pimping sites that really explain why this movie is going to blow my hair back.

      I’ll still see it, though… I bet at at the very least, it’ll be a good time!

  2. Greg Delaney November 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    I hope Avatar ends up living up to all the hype

  3. Mohammad Aubrecht February 3, 2010 at 2:09 am #

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  4. Davis Mcghee February 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Hello, to start with I want to tell you that I try to follow your blog. Great post, I fully agree with you. Have a great day matey.

  5. The Worm Grower April 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Avatar was easily the most creative movie since Star Wars.

  6. Trenton Helfritz April 22, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    I love the Avatar 3D film, especially the story line, not only it brings a totally new sensation however inspiring thoughts of humanity. I heard the New Avatar 2 is comming soon, can’t wait to watch it again…!

  7. Sabine Bobak June 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi, also like the Shrek movies, very good animation!

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