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  • 5 years ago
  • Since it is obvious you never saw the film your personal comments on it are irrelevant. Your personal comments on your religion are just annoying.
    No good deed goes unpunished.
  • 5 years ago

    The film Avatar has been out for seven months(12/09 to 6/10) after being in development since 1994. I have read many reviews, listened to many comments and discussed it's style and content with many both in cyberspace and in our wide-wide-world. This prose-poem tries to encapsulate some of my initial thoughts on this blockbuster, its initial reception and some of its meaning. One comment from Movientvfan has indicated that I should see the film in order to make a comment and, if I was not a pensioner short of funds I would do so. There has been so much media 'hype' about the film, though, that I felt safe in writing this prose-poem.

    James Cameron, who wrote, produced and directed the film, stated in an interview that an avatar is: "an incarnation of one of the Hindu gods taking a flesh form." In this film, though, avatar has more to do with human technology in the future being capable of injecting a human's intelligence into a remotely located body, a biological body. "It's not an avatar in the sense of just existing as ones and zeroes in cyberspace," said Cameron; "it's actually a physical body." The great student of myth, Joseph Campbell(1), should have been at the film's premier in London on 10 December 2009. I wonder what he would have said.

    Composer James Horner scored the film, his third collaboration with Cameron after Aliens and Titanic. A field guide of 224 pages for the film's fictional setting of the planet of Pandora was released by Harper Entertainment in late November 2009. The guide was entitled Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora. With an estimated $310 million to produce the film and $150 million for marketing, the film has generated a myriad positive reviews from film critics as well as its share of criticism especially over what many reviewers refer to as the film's simplisitc content.

    Roger Ebert, one of the more prestigious of film critics, wrote: "An extraordinary film: Avatar is not simply sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough."-Ron Price with thanks to Wikipedia, 5 April 2010.

    Like viewing Star Wars back in '77
    some said/an obvious script with an
    earnestness & corniness/part of what
    makes it absorbing/said another/Gives
    you a world, a place/worth visiting/eh?

    Alive with action and a soundtrack that
    pops with robust sci-fi shoot-'em-ups...
    A mild critique of American militarism
    and industrialism.....yes the military are
    pure evil........the Pandoran tribespeople
    are nature-loving, eco-harmonious, wise
    Braveheart smurf warriors. Received....
    nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards
    of the Broadcast Film Critics Association &
    on and on go the recommendations for the..
    best this and that and everything else. What
    do you think of all this Joseph Campbell???

    You said we all have to work our own myth(1)
    in our pentapolar, multicultural-dimensional
    world with endless phantoms of our wrongly
    informed imagination, with our tangled fears,
    our pundits of error, ill-equipped to interpret
    the social commotion tearing our world apart
    and at play on planetizing-globalizing Earth.(2)

    (1)If readers google Joseph Campbell they can find some contemporary insights into the individualized myth that Campbell says we all have to work out in our postmodern world.
    (2)The Prophet-Founder of the Bahai Faith, Bahaullah, has been presented as an avatar in India beginning, arguably, in the 1960s. There were only 1000 Baha'is in India in 1960 and now more than 2 million. Baha'u'llah has been associated in the Bahai teaching initiatives with the kalkin avatar who, according to a major Hindu holy text, will appear at the end of the kali yuga, one of the four main stages of history, for the purpose of reestablishing an era of righteousness.

    There are many examples of what one might call a quasi-cross-cultural messianistic approach to Bahai teaching in India. This approach has included: (a) emphasizing the figures of Buddha and Krishna as past Manifestations of God or avatars; (b) making references to Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita, (c) the substitution of Sanskrit-based terminology for Arabic and Persian terms where possible; for example, Bhagavan Baha for Bahaullahh, (d) the incorporation in both Bahai song and literature of Hindu holy spots, hero-figures and poetic images and (e) using heavily Sanskritized-Hindi translations of Baha'i scriptures and prayers.

    Ron Price
    5 April 2010
    Updated for: Movie Web
    On: 23/6/'10
    Married for 48 years, a teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer and editor for 16, and a Baha'i for 56(in 2015)
  • 5 years ago
  • Avatar was not an epic it was just a good movie thats it good not a masterpiece
  • 5 years ago
  • The significance and meaning of a movie usually changes as the years go on, as the world changes and as a host of more movies come on the scene. Thanks, Emmytt.-Ron
    Married for 48 years, a teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer and editor for 16, and a Baha'i for 56(in 2015)
  • 5 years ago
  • np man
  • 5 years ago
  • and also i am sure some movie might make more money then it of course it is going to take allot of money and marking really good marking
  • 4 years ago
  • I just saw the post of Movientvfan written some 11 months ago and I would like to say a few words, belatedly, in response. First, thanks for your honest reaction to my post. Second, one can only keep some of the people happy some of the time---if one tries to keep all the people happy all of the time one would probably (a) die trying or (b) get some kind of mental illness.-Ron
    Married for 48 years, a teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer and editor for 16, and a Baha'i for 56(in 2015)