2009: #6 Avatar

Directed by: James Cameron
Written by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, and Michelle Rodriguez
Distributer: 20th Century Fox
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Date released: 12/18/2009
Date seen: 12/18/2009
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $2.5 Billion
# of Oscar nominations: 9
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 9 (Fight, Chase, Set-Piece, Sound Design, Art Direction, Score, Editing, Villain, and Action Film)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 5 (Fight, Chase, Sound Design, Art Direction, and Action Movie)

[Ed. Note: original piece was lost, what follows was written retroactively in 2011]What can you say about Avatar, it is a phenomenon whose influence will ripple through mainstream cinema for years to come after all.  I’m as aware of the film’s occasional shortcomings as anyone else but when you take into account just how cool this movie can be when it’s at its best.  This is after all a movie with an extended battle scene which culminate in a fight between two bow wielding aliens and a dude in an awesomely rendered mech suit.  It is easy to dismiss the film’s allegorical elements, but it’s interesting that no one seems to be able to agree about what these supposedly “obvious” allegories are supposed to be.  Some think it’s an “obvious” allegory to the Plains Indian Wars, some think it’s an “obvious” Vietnam allegory, while others think it’s an “obvious” allegory to our modern war on terror.  The truth is that the film taps into a broader trend of colonialism that has existed all through our history and, if the film is to be believed, will continue to exist in the future if we don’t do something to stop it.  When it was over I left the theater feeling positively giddy and I’m not going to pretend I didn’t just to sound cool and jaded.

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