I haven’t posted in a while, so just for the hell of it, I’ll ask this question: what’s with all of the hate on the film Avatar? Personally, I thought it was awesome, but I’ve heard so many people say that they couldn’t even make it through the film, or that it was the worst movie of the year, etc. I could certainly see not being as enamored of it as 95% of the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but to proclaim that it was an awful film–to me–just reflects a certain ignorance about filmmaking.
I’ve never heard a compelling reason for why Avatar sucked. It’s always something dumb like, “Oh, it’s like somebody played World of Warcraft and made a movie out of it,” or “The Na’vi look like smurfs.” I don’t even really consider the complaint that it’s a transparent voice for simplistic tree-hugger philosophy a real complaint. It has nothing to do with story. (more…)