Can I be the one person to say that I thought Avatar's visuals look fake?
Yes. I believe that. I think that Avatar's visuals, heralded as its sole redeeming quality, looked fake.
I notice this a lot in movies with WETA, their CGI is detailed, but detailed in the same way as a painting is, and still betraying a plastic texture. For their previous films, like King Kong
, I didn't mind, since Skull Island, its creatures, and even New York are meant to have a fantasy layer over them. ILM
movies, on the other hand, never seems to suffer this problem, at least to me. I look at Iron Man
and the Star Wars
prequels, even something poorly choreographed like Michael Bay's ''Transformers''
and it's still advanced enough that they look like they're actually there
tries too hard to be real, but felt like watching a Final Fantasy
Avatar's plot too suffers, but from a much greater problem: its blatant prejudice and stereotyping. The Na'Vi are the holy, "in harmony with nature", majestic natives, while humanity is little more than an arrogant, overstretched, quasi-empire, yet another thinly disguised expy of America. I went assuming the complaints were exaggerated, only to find them MORE
overdone than I expected. And then there's the twisting of its morality. The plot's not just stale, it's evil, justifying the death of over 20 billion humans on Earth for the lives of a single xenophobic tribe who rejected every opportunity they got to negotiate. It's only because Cameron chose to Genre Blind
the human leaders that nothing reasonable was done.
Overall, this film will be remembered as a spectacle, but grow staler every viewing, in both its story, and its visuals I still find underwhelming. Why is it that people decry George Lucas
for "overusing" CGI in his stories, but let off Cameron and his showmanship because of "epic human bashery"? At least Lucas chooses to tell deeper tales of the fall of a man to pride, and salvation of a universe through an individual's bravery. Cameron takes these as a pedestal for Fantastic Environmentalism. For an in-universe look at how the film should have ended, here's my take: http://tuckerscreator.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d42pkyl