It premiered last night in London and the raves are in. Cameron's taken fourteen years since Titanic and nearly as much money as an Obama dinner date to make Avatar. You've already seen the blurbs on TV spots and it would be difficult to call it anything but mind-boggling, excessive, captivating and maybe comic-books taken to the next level.
Here's one of the stars out of makeup, or for conspiracy theorists maybe she's actually in makeup:
But, check out the little bits of indoctrination we've got going on there. There is the basic motivation for invading these not quite peaceful purple people, the quest to meet our insatiable need for energy while the rest of the galaxy is somewhere between primitive and philosophical.
There is the aggressive colonial perspective of the Americans or at least white, English-speaking militants. There is the racial stereotyping in which cultures collide and prejudices evaporate as miscegenation enhances hormonal drives.
Of course there's a bit of endangered species/PETA propaganda as well. And some disregard for environments on any planet we visit.
But, wrap it all in thunderous music, state-of-tomorrow's-art special effects, cool colors and offer it in 3D, IMAX and Blue-Ray flavors to enrapture all of the slavering masses who will come away another step down the path toward guilt and servitude.
I can't wait until it releases at local theaters. It may be the first flick to get me into a real theater since Gladiator!