Making Love out of Nothing at All

by Stephanie

So I went to see Avatar tonight, in 3D no less. stupid glasses. Here are my thoughts:

As a one day hopeful filmmaker, I thought it was a good idea to go see what all the hype was about despite my strong aversion to 3D movies. I hate the very idea of them. Not sure exactly why it started, but it’s out there now. Now I’ll give James Cameron one thing: he’s good with “epic.” Terminator, Titanic, Avatar: all pretty epic. And they’ve all resulted in giving him
oodles of money and ego, so I see that is doing several things right. And I’m sure that he intended to touch on important themes: environmentalism vs corporate greed or perhaps the colonization of western civilization and its effects on indigenous people. But me, all I saw? 10 ft tall smurfs making out in a multi-colored forest and a solid demonstration of “Gee look what I can get computers to do!” I was underwhelmed to say the least. What pulls me into a good cinematic experience is a good story with an interesting plot, interesting characters full of genuine emotion, and cleverly written dialogue. Those are the things that suck me in and keep me invested–not whether or not those characters are seen in 3-D. I just felt like I was watching a fancy video game for two hours. I think that Avatar had some good moments but they rarely felt authentic to me and sometimes the plot felt a little contrived: like they had to figure out a slam-dunk story that could be mapped throughout the world that James Cameron was so desperate for us to experience. Cart before the horse. But, yeah it was a unique world to experience. Beautiful effects for sure. So if that’s all I needed to get out of it, consider it a success Mr. Cameron. Feel free to pass go, pick up your next Oscar and divorce your next wife.
If I haven’t already pissed off my sci-fi loving friends, I have one more comment. James Cameron is about as good at writing dialogue (particularly romantic dialogue) as one Mr. George Lucas. They should focus on imagining these fantastic worlds and figuring out the special effects to pull them off, BUT, I think they should consider outsourcing some of their scriptwriting. I’m just sayin, just an idea. Just one humble girl’s opinion. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe people weren’t mocking “I’ll never let go Jack, I’ll never let go” all those years after Titanic. Maybe it was just me.