Tuesday Couch Potatoes: Blockbusters


My Blockbuster this week is Avatar.
I must say, though, I found the premise of this movie very New Age, in that it very obviously makes a case for the worship of nature -- and the tree as a deity that holds all of life together. Plot-wise, it isn't all that brilliant, either. It used to be that US blockbusters were all about American troops winning wars, or aliens invading (what else?) America and Americans winning, etc. Then it became the trend to show American troops going in to wage a war that wasn't theirs and losing, or otherwise making more of a mess than before. Avatar is at least 'trendy' on this score, but not that much else.

Anyway, back to the movie.
BAD SYNOPSIS, SPOILERS ALERT: Earthlings go to another planet, Pandora, to obtain 'unobtainium' (okay, that is just so laughable -- I mean, really? They couldn't come up with a better name?). So they send in these human avatars to infiltrate the planet and spy, but the spy falls in love with a native and changes sides. Earthlings wage war against Pandora, punishes their spies, but the latter succeeds in helping the natives win (with the help of the tree), and all's well that ends well.
But. And this is the but. James Cameron's vision of another planet -- especially the floating balls of islands, is mesmerizing and dazzling, especially on the big screen. The transformation of the human actors to avatars is eerie, the computer effects are awesome, the visuals spectacular, enough to make this movie fully deserve its blockbuster rating.
 

A sidenote: I've noticed that all Sci-fi tend to only make variations of life as we know them to exist. In Avatar, for example, the Na-vi look human despite their blue skin, they think, move, feel, and speak. The vegetation on the planet are different from actual living plants that I've seen but they are clearly based on existing life forms. Even the flying horses or whatever they were called. Despite the creativity of man, we are still limited in our imagination. I can't imagine how vastly different another planet could be that God created just to indulge His creativity. For sure, God would not be limited in His capacity to create, imagine, and bring to existence something that we could never conjure in a million years. That's something I really look forward to finding out in heaven. But more than that, I can't wait to say to my Lord and Savior,
"Now I see You."