Avatar (2009) Directed by James Cameron
Here we are in the years. Whilst re-watching Avatar, I realized I originally saw the movie at the Finnish premiere, now 6 years ago. Where does the time go? It feels like yesterday, and like me, Avatar has aged. It's a recurrent theme in my life (and a vain one – possibly for all of us), but I often ask Astrid If I look younger than I really am. This week, Astrid was honest and I realised the last two years of stress have taken their toll. I no longer pass for being younger than I am, and I need to go on a diet and change my body so I can feel comfortable in it. This brings me nicely back to Avatar. The main protagonists in Avatar inhabit either better conditioned or younger models of themselves. It's a great idea, and i was looking forward to getting lost in Avatar's world again. But like I mentioned, 6 years is a long time.
|Sam Worthington goes Na'vi|
|Sigourney never let's you down|
This was the first time I ever saw Avatar. Somehow I managed to avoid it when it came out. Over the years I grew a strange curiosity towards the film, although I guessed there would be many aspects of the film I would not appreciate. I was surprised to find that our imagination really is so limited that no matter what distant planets we imagine, no matter how much time has passed (100 years from the present) the leap into the unimaginable looks too familiar. There are always green and khaki military uniforms in sight. There is a war. There are less women than men in the mission to research and utilize this new planet, Pandora. But there is something more disgusting than repeating the same gender and sexuality stereotypes and slapping them on the human characters: the portrayal of the 'natives'. The Na'vi people, who inhabit their planet Pandora are blue, tall and in tune with their planet's ecosystem. They are modelled on familiar stereotypes of African and South American tribal attire and behaviour. This is an echo of our society's current struggle to stop appropriating racial stereotypes. I was especially disappointed by this simplistic repetition because the great idea of being an avatar in a physical body was lovely.
|Hubble Space Telescope|