What a movie! I could not find a single negative review. Everyone thinks this is a fantastic film in every regard.
Avatar—no doubt about it— takes filmmaking to new heights. The visuals are without parallel, and it is worth the ticket for the unprecendented, 3-D eye experience alone. But the story…
Here’s the plot of a typical Western.
White man finds gold on Indian land. Trouble. The Indians love their land and don’t want to give it up.
But the white man really wants the gold and has superior technology. So in comes the cavalry with big guns to kick out the bow-and-arrow primitives.
In the army’s employ is a half-breed. At first on the side of “progress,” he learns the ways of the noble savages, falls in love with the daughter of the chief, and ends up understanding that theirs is a just cause. For drama add some one-dimensional villains: a gold-is-all-that-matters mining boss and an egomanaical George A. Custer-type.
The result: War on the Plains.
The Indians scalp a few, but are eventually and inevitably overrun.
In Avatar, however, James Cameron lets the Native people (drop out ET…and they become the Na’vi) win.
I read a dozen reviews before writing this. Not one of them mentioned that the B-movie Western is back…at a much inflated budget.
Go see Avatar. But not for the story.