‘Avatar’ is back in theaters, and it’s still great

Zoe Saldana in Avatar.

Zoe Saldana in symbol picture.
Photo: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Despite his technical expertise and mastery of storytelling, James Cameron may well be the cinematic master of shifting ambiance. I still remember the week of 1997 when Titanic It went from being an upcoming disaster, one that would destroy two major studios with it, to being considered a blockbuster that would remind everyone of why we hold on to Hollywood. In the same way, the tide turned symbol picture Back in 2009. For months, many of us expected a belated atrocity from a filmmaker who was living on his mind and had no one to say no to. I remember Dana Goodyear epic New Yorker Profile personly which depicted Cameron excelling at seemingly imperceptible visual effect details. (“Those damned rocks!…look at the gill-like membrane on the side of the mouth, the light transmission, and all the secondary color saturation on the tongue, and the maxillary bone. I love what you did with the transparency on the teeth, and the way the square bone lifts the teeth forward.” )

And then, we saw the damn thing. After the movie’s first mind-melting all-media premiere at Lincoln Square IMAX in New York, all of a sudden, all anyone wanted to talk about was… symbol picture. The rest is history – as it was with Titanicas it was with Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Word got out, and the word stayed: Don’t underestimate James Cameron.

One could sense a similar change at sea coming for Cameron’s much-delayed sequel, Avatar: Water RoadWhich, after years of false starts and date changes, is now set to arrive in December. for years, symbol picture -Both the original found and this slowly-approaching follow-up were hot, narrow-minded jokes and clips, the most pervasive being that the film left no pop cultural trail. This ridiculous picture, of course, contains its refutation. if symbol picture So forgotten, how does a new person need to remind us every week that they are so forgotten?

Perhaps most importantly, playing the popular footprint game is playing directly into the hands of the company’s intellectual property tycoons who stuffed us into second and third place. star Wars and Marvel and DC shows over the past decade or so. No, there weren’t dozens of symbol picture sequels, spin-offs, reruns, TV shows, and streaming series; Hulu is not currently working on an origin story for Home Tree, and as far as I can tell, there is no Disney+ animated series that follows the adventures of a family of praise. This is good. Leaves symbol picture is being symbol pictureand let its supplement succeed or fail based on its merits, not whether it fits into an exhausting and unreasonable extended world, or whether it sells enough cans of food.

But like I said, a shift is coming, and recent months have seen Huge increase in interest in Avatar: Water RoadPerhaps because people suddenly started to be interested in movies and theatrical experience again. Now, to prepare us for the sequel, symbol picture Itself has returned to theaters, which remains the perfect place to watch it – especially in 3D, because it is one of the few productions that properly uses the technology. In fact, after the unprecedented success of symbol pictureHollywood has spent so much time trying to tweak the large versions to 3D that they have all but eliminated the technology. Perhaps this is another measure symbol picturePop culture effect: All movie graveyards are full of blockbuster movies that can’t keep their promise symbol picture. The failure of others can also be a measure of your success.

One of the side benefits of not having dozens of others symbol picture Characteristics there is that watch symbol picture Again after all these years, one realizes how special he is. All this concern for the bones of the upper jaw and gill-like membranes, it turns out, is paying off. Imagine Cameron and his artists with the love of Pandora’s moon so that every take of the movie contains new wonders. One can lose oneself in this world, and as I recall, in the past, many people did. No joke: There have been reports of People who suffer from depression After leaving the movie because Pandora was so real, so alluring, and so beautiful. Her term began to stick:symbol picture depressive syndrome;

Cameron’s special strength has always been his ability to blend heavy masculine buzz with the kind of seriousness that might be tacky in fewer hands; I once called him a cast child who speaks fluently as a badass. He bundles his films with believable strongmen who talk like they know what they’re doing and handle their guns the way they’re supposed to. There is no pretension or condescension with such characters, even when they are caricatured villains, as they are symbol picture. Or Even When They’re A Comedy Relief: Think Back to Bill Paxton’s Roaring Hudson Aliens, whose combination of muscle-bound guts and frightened cat groans is one of the most memorable parts of this movie; In some ways, he is the most relatable character in the movie. You can tell Cameron on a basic level that he loves these people. After all, co-write Rambo: First Blood, Part Two.

But his heart is with romantics and dreamers. Masculinity bestows and emphasizes feelings, and vice versa. the abyss It’s a great marine action movie that ends up about a separated couple who reconcile. Titanic is a agonizingly painful teen love story played in the face of disaster ruthlessly recreated with the precision of an engineer. And the symbol picture It is a movie about a grunt can-do who learns to connect with nature and falls in love with a Na’vi princess. (It is also, let’s not forget, a somewhat crude allegory of the US invasion of Iraq, complete with Bush-era rhetoric as “shock and awe” and the bastards’ declaration that “our only security lies in preemptive attack. Fighting terror with terror.”) But that was actually the equivalent of a course The big action movies of this era.See also: George Lucas star Wars prequels, which were more politically oriented.)

The general premise of the photo, as everyone and their mother have mentioned, is not new. The director himself referred to Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter Mars novels as they are made, and soldier arrogance to “become a citizen” is now its own subgenre, and can be found in everything from Lawrence of Arabia to me dancing with the wolves. Hey, let’s not forget that the movie looks like it was borrowed from Terrence Malick the new Worldwell, not to mention FernGully: The Last Rainforest. symbol picture It may be derivative, but it is not insincere. Cameron clearly feels every beat in the story along with his scenes. It allows us to discover Pandora through the eyes of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), first as a frightening and terrifying place, and then as a land of unimaginable awe and delight.

There’s nothing formal about Jake falling in love with Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri. Cameron is in love with her himself. As our heroes ride their meatballs at breakneck speed down a slope, we can feel Cameron living deeply through his creation. It’s every nerd’s dream: to find a beautiful mate, preferably with fangs, with whom you can race with your magical flying dragons in a distant wonderland. It’s very clear that Cameron wants the Na’vi world of vital veins and mystical spirits to be real. He wants it to be so true that he created an entire science for it. His aforementioned, semi-ironic attention to detail is not only the obsessive obsession of a multi-billion dollar Hollywood taskmaster, but that of someone who has upended the typical artistic exchange of filmmaking, in which artists create worlds for audiences to lose themselves in. In Cameron’s case, one suspects that the more real it is for us, the more real it will be for him.

So, the protagonist of Jake Sully – a soldier torn between duty and the alluring wonder of the mysterious world – also feels the character of Cameron. Not only in the tension between a badass becoming a hippie crusader, but also in the idea of ​​a dreamer who must learn to let go of what was once thought to be the real world. While most films make their protagonists eventually come to terms with reality, symbol picture Goes again in the opposite direction. He urges us to leave it all behind. It becomes a symbol of Cameron’s inability to let go of her. It is clear that he has not yet done so. It is said to operate on four chains. Long may dream.

show all

Leave a Comment