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Vatican Says 'Avatar' No Masterpiece


http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.ap.org/vatican-says-avatar-no-masterpiece-ap

I can agree with a lot of this article, religious stuff aside. I won’t comment on the Vatican’s religious complaints of “Nature [becoming]…a divinity to worship….” My mommy told me to never discuss religion or politics unless you want a fight on your hands.   Which is certainly true. But, I digress. 

“Vatican Radio said that ‘really never before have such surprising images been seen,’…the movie’s worth lies in its ‘extraordinary visual impact.’ ”   

I saw Avatar on the regular screen (I went with my mom-in-law and she gets sick watching 3-D and IMAX stuff), and was very impressed with the CG. But the story left me a little flat - very predictable. 

Now, I’m not trashing the movie or saying it was bad (in fact, I’m going with the biker ladies on Monday to see it in 3-D), but I have read so much Sci-Fi that it takes quite a twisty story to impress me at this stage of the game.  

Indigenous peoples vs. The Evil Company. The smurfs, to me, were based upon Native Americans being oppressed by the [evil] white man.    ‘Thunderheart’ (1992), anyone? (Which I really enjoyed because I always thought Val Kilmer was a cutie patootie.)   I'm sure there are others, but that is the first that came to mind. 

In fact, as ‘Avatar’ progressed, I accurately predicted to Ruth several situations that would happen later in the film. Including, but not limited to the capture of the red flyer, the sex under the life tree, the death of the young chief guy and Sigourney’s character, the fight with the old sergeant (was that his rank, I don’t recall) and the happy ending.  

See, I’m not impressed enough to have remembered character names, or to look them up.   

(As an aside, that old, crusty sergeant guy is almost exactly what I think Ironhide’s holoform looks like, scars included! I thought him quite attractive. *drool* )  

I don't think I will buy this on DVD.    

 


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