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.

I’m sure there are some qualified film critics out there who can speak to why Avatar isn’t as good of a film as the majority of film reviewers have claimed, but by and large, most of the people hating on it seem to be doing so merely to be different. Except…it doesn’t make them different at all, because everybody else in the world who wants to be considered an independent thinker is also hating on it.

Doesn’t anybody watch movies anymore to be entertained instead of watching them simply to be able to express themselves by having a contrary opinion?

Not even saying here that you have to love it, but at least acknowledge that as a work of cinema, it has some redeeming qualities. I realize there’s a bit of irony here, since I’ve hated a lot on one of the most acclaimed movies of 2010, but even there, I tried to be fair and acknowledge that it was entertaining, despite the issues I had with the narrative.