My anti-Avatar post:
Someone else's anti-anti-Avatar post:
My anti-anti-anti-Avatar post:
First of all, let's get some stuff out of the way. I'm not an Arts student. I didn't vote for the Greens. I have never read James Joyce. I shop at Target and Supre. I loved Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgement Day is honestly one of my favourite movies of all time (I wanted to marry Arnold Schwarzenegger when I was eight). I enjoy my mainstream pop culture (I own more The Simpsons than Bart can poke with a stick). I eat McDonald's. I actually enjoyed watching giant alien robots kick the shit out of each other in Transformers.
So no, I'm not really the kind of tree-hugging, philosophy graduate type of girl that Marz is talking about (but they are lovely people). And in fact, the type of person I am should have nothing to do with how crap Avatar was.
But I do still think that calling Avatar "brilliant" or "epic" is a serious misuse of the English language. I personally think that brilliant equates to intelligent, epiphanic and mind-blowing. I would call American History X brilliant. I do not call "Space Marines fighting blue cat-people on a far away planet" brilliant. And in movie terms, epic means a massively impressive, heroic tale, like Luc Besson's Leon or Gladiator. Neither needed giant alien races, dragons or a $500 million budget to do the trick. Just good acting, amazing storylines, sharp action scenes and a perfect soundtracks.
In Marz's blog, he reckons that to expect anything more than just explosions from an awesome sci-fi movie is ridiculous. Well, Mister Marz, you may want to go down to your local video store and check out the following sci-fi films that manage to have great storylines AND fantastic graphics, explosions, giant people and other things that may float your boat.
- Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Perhaps one of the most visually beautiful yet insightful films made in the last ten years.
- Blade Runner
- Minority Report
- 12 Monkeys
- I, Robot
- War of the Worlds
- Pitch Black
- The Matrix, which is similar to Avatar as it was also a high-budget, Hollywood blockbuster with moments of dubious Keanu Reeves acting, but had an amazing storyline to back up the action scenes.
- The Fifth Element
- Other Cameron movies like The Abyss, Aliens or Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Side note: Just so you know, I actually know Marz and he's a decent guy. This isn't ripping on him. I love a lot of things other people hate, and hate lots of things that other people love. Like Avatar. And shit.