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I have to agree with the anti-Beth crowd on this one. Of course, part of being a review-reader is that you have an obligation (of sorts) to "know" one's reviewer (or in the words of the Na'vi "I see you"). Look, I know that if I want to get a good sense for what to see when Ultrastar hosts the Latino Film Festival, I can rely on Beth. Same goes for most things they show at Landmark Theaters. However, what gives Beth enormous street cred with those categories, likely handicaps her in the case of a movie like Avatar. Avatar is escapism and technology to the nth degree. It was a movie to allow oneself to be absorbed into and immersed in. The sheer brilliance and fantasy that was Pandora was phenomenal.
However, there was substance beyond the prosaic, despite Beth's opinion. Foremost, the prolific use massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) has many living more of their life within the confines of avatar-styled reality, something which I believe was completely missed by Beth (and even most reviewers who enjoyed the film). There was tremendous depth in the context of this aspect of the movie, however, it was depth at a level that I think only appeals (and appears) to the tech/geek/MMORPG crowd.
There was likewise depth vis-a-vis the notion of what it is like to be embedded/immersed (in a military sense) in a foreign culture and how the interplay occurs between the invader and the local population. I saw the film with my brother-in-law (who is a jarhead and relishes being one, as well as a geek) and he was drawn in by the parallels of his experiences in both Gulf Wars and Bosnia.
Regardless, I think this comment board has made relatively clear...if you go to see the movie, literally to "see" the movie, you are highly unlikely to be disappointed. Sure, it's trite and worn and all of the stuff Beth mentions, but it was a hell of a lot more comfortable to watch then "Up in the Air" wondering how many people in the theater had actually lost their jobs in the last year.
December 27, 2009 at 10:23 p.m.
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