“Avatar” by James Cameron

avatar-movie-poster A common joke about James Cameron’s Avatar is that it’s really just the lovechild of Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves and Cameron’s Aliens (or, depending on your age, FernGully and Aliens). In Avatar, a disillusioned marine joins a group of natives to fight against the white occupiers. Only in this version, the natives are blue-skinned aliens rather than Lakota and the occupiers are space marines rather than Col. Custer’s cavalry. There’s a lot to like about Avatar, but unfortunately the story never moves beyond those cliches. In this case, the joke contains more than a kernel of truth. Continue reading ““Avatar” by James Cameron”