24 January 2010

More Ranting about Avatar

When the Golden Globes aired last week, Matty and I were enjoying our last night in tropical paradise, and I was forcing myself to puke after having eaten too much bar food. (Not a new diet, just a negative consequence of being a fatass.)

At least, I thought I puked because of the nachos, wings, burger, margaritas, and chocolate cheesecake. . .

Perhaps, though, my body sensed what was about the happen during the awards show. F'ing Avatar and its pain in the ass creator won best picture. Really, Golden Globe voting people? Really? Best picture?

What really made the puking commence, though, was probably James Cameron speaking in Na'vi.
I didn't even watch the awards show, and it sickens me. In fact, I might puke again. Damn you, psychic stomach full of junk food! Damn you James Cameron, you crazy bastard!

Anyway, a few weeks back, Matt's buddy Drew sent us a link to a HILARIOUS article about Avatar. Now, I don't yet have it translated into Na'vi, but hopefully you'll retain your English skills for a bit longer. The article discusses how many moviegoers slipped into deep depression after watching Avatar, because life on earth just can't compare to the beauty of life on Pandora. Seriously, that's what it's about.

Here are some of my favorite excerpts:

"Ever since I went to see 'Avatar' I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na'vi made me want to be one of them. I can't stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it," Mike posted. "I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in 'Avatar.' "

"One can say my depression was twofold: I was depressed because I really wanted to live in Pandora, which seemed like such a perfect place, but I was also depressed and disgusted with the sight of our world, what we have done to Earth. I so much wanted to escape reality."

Within the fan community, suggestions for battling feelings of depression after seeing the movie include things like playing "Avatar" video games or downloading the movie soundtrack, in addition to encouraging members to relate to other people outside the virtual realm and to seek out positive and constructive activities.

Discuss. Did you experience negative or suicidal feelings after watching Avatar? Were they because of how bad the movie was, or because your dream to live on Pandora will never come to fruition? Have you downloaded the Avatar sountrack or joined a support group to cope with these feelings? Will you ever rebound?

Talk amongst yourselves.

(p.s. I wrote this entire post from bed. I love the new computer!)


  1. Don't hate me - but I LOVED Avatar. Yes, it was "Pocahontas" all over again, but it was gorgeous!!! No questions were left unanswered - I skipped work to see it the second time. Yes, James Cameron pulled the cheese out by speaking Na'vi, but he did that when he screamed "I'm on top of the world" at the Oscars too - seriously, are we surprised??

  2. I enjoyed Avatar also, desensitized to the cliche plotline and clunky dialogue. It was gorgeous and creative, but there is no chance it deserved best picture. No chance.

    And for Avatar to create suicidal ideation? That too is a bit over the top. I feel like I need a support group just knowing that Avatar-generated-depression support groups even exist.

  3. I definitely get how someone could love a movie because of its beauty. Moulin Rouge, for example, mesmerizes me, but I didn't have suicidal thoughts (why can't I be a beautiful prostitute who lives in an elephant-shaped apartment?) when it was over.

    Pretty? Of course. Very pretty. But pretty should not fetch best picture awards.

    I'm all about loving stupid movies (Center Stage, for one), but I just don't think that stupid movies should win best picture awards, or that they should cause me to fall into deep depression because of some alternate universe they present.



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