James Cameron Delivers Again
This movie is an amazing triumph of modern cinematography. It's the most amazing work of science fiction I've seen since District 9. It balances action with story and just the right amount of social commentary. I say go see it if you have even any opportunity. Content wise, it's worse than I thought it'd be. Violence is intense, though not bloody. There are a lot, and I mean A LOT of impalements. People get stabbed by five foot long arrows tipped with neurotoxin. Language is rough but not as bad as it could've been. S**t is used liberally and g*****n is used even more liberally. However, there are no uses of f**k or anything worse. On the sex front, there's not much to say. There are one or two kisses, and what is arguably the movie industry's first all CGI sexual encounter, although nothing is shown but the two characters embracing and the woman's voice in the background talking about "mating for life." Also, the Na'vi wear very few clothes. The men wear what can only be described as leather thongs covering their genitalia. The women wear slightly more clothing over their lower sections, but they also wear nothing but a necklace covering their breasts. However, I'm pretty sure the breasts aren't fully rendered, though, because there were a few points where a nipple could've easily been shown, yet none are ever seen. The good guys, a group of people who propose a peaceful settlement with the Na'vi, are really good, and the bad guys, the science fiction equivalent of Blackwater, are really bad. You're rooting for the good guys all the way through because it's not easy to sympathize with the bad guy. Also, the main protagonist isn't canned or generic, although he seems like it at first, he turns out to be dynamic and interesting. The love story is interesting instead of sappy, although I felt it happened too fast and rather without warning. The messages are good, about ravaging your world, and there are strong undertones about the War with Iraq being the War for Oil. Overall, the content earns its PG-13, and it's easy for one to tell that Cameron was trying very hard to keep it PG-13, because it would've been easy to make it an R. I say go and watch it; it's a thoroughly enjoyable film and there's plenty here for everyone.
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