When I first heard people talking about Avatar I honestly thought, “Why is everyone freaking out over a movie about The Last Airbender?” Even after I saw the trailer for the first time, I still thought thats what it was about. The movie came out, and I still went on believing it had something to do with The Last Airbender until one of my co-workers informed me about this huge super-project of Cameron’s and how “You’ll never want to take the glasses off.” So like most movies I go see, I decide to go see them on a whim with my girlfriend at 11:00pm not knowing this would be three hours. (though I really should’ve, this IS Cameron) I was completely blown away the moment the movie started. This whole idea really had me interested, or so I thought. The movie is indeed beautiful. Very very beautiful. And I honestly wish I would’ve seen it in IMAX but I settled for 3D at the local AMC. here I am “holy shitting” at people having sex with pony-tails and some blue marine riding a dragon. Who would’ve thought…
I saw The Hurt Locker during the AMC Oscar Marathon. After seeing Blind Side, An Education, Precious and Up In The Air, I was ready for something that could actually keeping me awake without having to see a large black woman running up eight steps in a run down apartment. I didn’t know what to expect from this movie. I had been staring it down everyday on the shelf at work, and wanted to see it in theaters before, but I guess I just never got around to it. I didn’t have the “HOLY SH*T” reaction that I did after seeing Avatar, but I subtly enjoyed it. It didn’t hit me until later that I loved it because it was real war. It wasn’t a guy with one more round in his 9mm facing a life or death in a draw with an enemy sniper thats 50 yards away and he manages a headshot, gets 60 war medals and a parade and the last shot is a fade out of the American flag. No, it definitely wasn’t like that at all…
But one thing I don’t agree with.
Why all the hate?
In defense of Avatar:
15 years in the making and people base their reviews on this film like a movie that was made within a year or two. The book pictured to the right is the “Avatar Survival Guide.” I noticed it while roaming Barnes and Noble the other night and decided to pan through it. Nearly every plant, animal and vehicle and recorded in this book, and we’re not talking just a picture and a name. They list details, species, family in the plant/animal kingdom, scientific name, and a brief history. Once you flip through and realize how much thought really went in to all the “pretty” you see on the screen its really breathtaking. If you browse YouTube you can find hundreds of clips of Cameron and his crew talking about the physics and realism that went into the design of every aspect of the movie. With so much going on in the movie, how on earth do you expect to have a new and interesting story with so much attention being put towards realism and visuals?
However to turn that around…
How do you spend 15 years on a movie, and the best you can do is a fancy flashy remake of Pocahontas or Fern Gully? Honestly that just doesn’t seem right to me. I mean sure it’s not the same. It adds so much more complexity and technology to these simple stories, but when it gets down to it, it’s the same exact story.
I like your movie Mr. Cameron, I really do. But next time, can we not have a storybook sitting next to you while you write your own?
In defense of The Hurt Locker:
This is really plain and simple.
The Hurt Locker is based off of the accounts of Mark Boal, a journalist that was placed with an American bomb squad in Iraq. That alone makes the movie that much more appealing. What you’re watching actually happened, and something about that makes it really easy for the audience to connect and feel with whats going on on the big screen. This movie finally gives a real glimpse of whats really going on in Iraq, and how even the soliders don’t really even know their jobs. They just keep fighting.
And as if the hostility between Americans and Iraqi forces weren’t shown enough on screen, you could definitely feel the tension off as well. Shots were fired at the cast several times during filming.
Hurt Locker had a budget of $11,000,000 while Avatar exceeded $100,000,000.
Avatar took the lead for the highest grossing film ever, beating Cameron’s Titanic.
Do any of these numbers mean anything to me?
I loved both movies. I love movies in general, and what I don’t love is seeing people trying to compare two completely different movies in nearly every way possible. Avatar and Hurt Locker have just about nothing in common besides the fact that Bigelow and Cameron probably slept with each other quite a few times. Even more ironically, Cameron pushed Bigelow to direct Hurt Locker. Fierce competition aye?
Here is Cameron and Bigelow laughing together after the Oscars.
So much hate huh?
If Cameron can take a loss like that, and Bigelow isn’t a sore winner…
then why all the hate amongst the fans of two amazing movies?