The Hidden Meaning in Avatar – Earthling Cinema

The Hidden Meaning in Avatar – Earthling Cinema

Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is Avatar, directed by self-appointed King of the World James Cameron “I’m the king of the world!” The film stars assorted members of The Blue Man Group, emissaries from the Las Vegas Galaxy. Drawing upon Earth’s mythology of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, “You have to leave!” Avatar tells the story of human male Jake Sully, a broken boy soldier who is hired for a secret government project because a guy who looked like him died. “We’d like to talk to you about taking over his contract.” With almost zero prep time, he is injected into a newer, bluer body, “It’s all part of the science.” and tasked with infiltrating the Na’vi tribe of Pandora, a planet known for playlists that are close to what you want, but not quite. Jake’s mission should he have chosen to accept it is to betray an indigenous culture and exploit its natural resources for the benefit of capitalism. “This is why we’re here. That’s the only reason.” However he immediately abandons both of these quintessentially American objectives once confronted with the allure of female nudity. Because aww yeah. It is only after knocking ponytails with Neytiri, and training her “dragon” that Jake acknowledges the deep spiritual value of the Na’vi tribe. and in the proud tradition of the American male, Jake appoints himself CEO of the natives and “liberates” them from the threat of their oppressors by turning the shit up to warp 11. Atta boy, Jake. With a running time of 162 Earth minutes, and a budget of $237 million American rupees, Avatar is a scathing indictment of human greed and excess. Where the film’s villains are corporate xenophobes who are all “guns out, buns out”, “They’re fly-bitten savages that live in a tree.” its heroes are bleeding-heart hippies propelled by community, and that purple drank.The only thing they read is The Lorax, a book about corporate greed leading to environmental disaster, featuring an anthropomorphic eyebrow. Beyond its exhilarating depictions of blue on white violence, the film illustrates the collision between nature and technology that would come to define and ultimately doom humankind’s reign on Earth. The Na’vi consume renewable resources like flowers, while the humans stuff their gourds with pre-packaged TV dinners. The Na’vi sleep in cocoon beds, while the humans build themselves into Ikea furniture. Their lifestyle emphasizes inner space rather than outer space. Peaceful equilibrium over relentless expansion, power, “People have to learn that we don’t stop.” and stupid tattoos. And James Cameron knew a thing or two about stupid tattoos. The Na’vi preach a connectedness with nature, “She says all energy is only borrowed, and one day you have to give it back.” rather than mastery over it. While you might say that the human oppressors are “blind” to their cancerous effect on the universe, the Na’vi desperately want everyone to know that their eyeballs are functional. “I see you.” Eyeballs are a recurring motif throughout the film, serving as both the opening and closing images. Get it? Opening and closing! For any races without eyes, you don’t get it. By straddling both American and Na’vi society, Jake is being a real benedict cabbage patch. That said, he recognizes both the humanity in his perceived enemy and the enemy within his own humanity. This experience, known as “cognitive dissonance,” characterized much of my early twenties. Perhaps the greatest legacy of Avatar is its inherent paradox. On one tentacle, the film critiques the use of technology in favor of romanticizing that which is natural and “earthy.” On the other tentacle, the film owes its success to state-of-the-art special effects, and the jacked up prices that come with it. Kinda makes you think, huh? Makes you think about skipping the sequels. For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid.

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  1. I was absent for 1 freakin day at school (I am 5th grade) and the last thing I heard my friends call me was avatar and now they won’t tell me why all they tell me is that my teacher gave me that name

  2. Like now us American now make friends with the natives then we convince them to take the resource and possiblely share the natives

  3. I don't know why people hated this movie. I like the idea of a alternate universe were another species has the same intelligence as humans, and see what would happen, like putting two different bugs in a bottle. I don't remember much of the story of this movie, but I love the alternate universe. Maybe if this movie was a cartoon or a comic, that would be a better idea.

  4. I still don't get how they travelled from that transmitter to the blue shaped navis … And then where exactly do they land

  5. Very weak ! You can do better ! Because , much more in the movie , dude . I mean about secret space programs and avatar technology .

  6. I simpely LOVED Avatar and I cannot understand all the hate.
    This story has been told before yes, but a story that is being told ten times with good quality isn't a bad story, and maybe James Cameron wanted to say that this is what's going to happen if we find intelligent life out in space, maybe it's the fact that it is a well and true story that people will like considering they have liked it before. Think of movie remakes, why do we remake movies? It is so that we can show stories again, maybe with updated effects, maybe with better writing or maybe because the acting standard has been upped from what it was previously.

    Look at Ben-Hur, movie from 1925 was a silent film, the -59 film was a bigger production because the movie industry grew and we could have sound, now we are remaking it again. Why? Maybe because there aren't many great epics anymore at the caliber of Lawrence of Arabia, with possibly the last one being LOTR trilogy.

    Avatar told an old story with new technology so we could enjoy the same story we always did enjoy only with more spectacle, nothing wrong with that, if telling a story over again is so looked down upon, how on earth do we continue to adapt book after book after book instead of just writing new stories for our movies?

    Can't wait to see more of Pandora's story.

  7. Avatar is a hindu word. Meaning: a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher.

  8. Basically how white people kill everything and everyone, take over the land for the resources and uses it to get more money

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