I’m really confused and a little bit alienated. Roger Ebert said Avatar was “Extraordinary” and worthy of four stars. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said it “restores a sense of wonder to the moviegoing experience that has been missing for far too long.” My old buddy Scott Foundas said, “for the nearly three hours it is on-screen, Avatar is a nonstop wow.” Intelligent people I know and respect told me Avatar was touching and poignant. Why then did I come out of the theater bored and disappointed?
Maybe, it’s because I didn’t see it in 3-D. Others swore by how amazing it was when the bullets were coming towards you and the crazy floating mushrooms hover around you.
Or maybe when I go to a movie I expect a sense of humor. Witty dialogue. Sex appeal. Characters I care about. An interesting story.
Have I just become an old crank? If this was 1977 would I be just as disappointed coming out of Star Wars? Of course in Star Wars the love affair isn’t between Princess Leia and Chewbacca. But that would still be more interesting to me then Avatar. Why of all the characters to rip off from Star Wars, did Jim Cameron choose Jar Jar Binks?
How can a three hundred million dollar movie put out by Fox actually preach anti-militarism and environmentalism?
What are these other critics and audiences members getting out of Avatar that I’m missing?
Help me, I feel a strong disconnect with the rest of humanity.