Pandora Hits Avatar Iceberg

If you liked James Cameron’s waterlogged “Titanic,” you may or may not like his latest epic, “Avatar,” but you will probably like the closing credit song, Leona Lewis’ “I See You,” which recalls Celine Dion’s cloying “My Heart Will Go On” from the earlier film. If I liked “Avatar” at all, which I did not, “I See You” would have been the crowning prosaic disappointment. Instead it was just one of many.
 
The film, which has received well-deserved praise for its awesome special effects, is all gloss and, moreover, an ill-cast, poorly scripted, cliche-ridden, emotion-manipulating tale (even though it is a metaphor addressing the crimes of manifest destiny).  “I hope this is not the future of movies,” said one critical movie-goer sitting near me. But alas, if the coming attractions where I saw it are any indication, more of the same is on the way: “Legion,” “Clash of the Titians,” and more super-mythic fantasies are waiting in the wings. So brace yourself for a plethora of special FX films and, ugh, more logos, like this.
 
However, other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how’d you like the show?
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

3 thoughts on “Pandora Hits Avatar Iceberg

  1. Kirvi_Inci

    For me, it was a good popcorn movie. I personally liked it, but I can see why some didn’t. I am really just a sucker for impressive special effects.

    I did not see it in 3D nor did I have any interest in doing so. It seemed like total overkill to put a movie, already so heavily reliant on CG animation, in 3D.

  2. Kirvi_Inci

    For me, it was a good popcorn movie. I personally liked it, but I can see why some didn’t. I am really just a sucker for impressive special effects.

    I did not see it in 3D nor did I have any interest in doing so. It seemed like total overkill to put a movie, already so heavily reliant on CG animation, in 3D.

  3. Kirvi_Inci

    For me, it was a good popcorn movie. I personally liked it, but I can see why some didn’t. I am really just a sucker for impressive special effects.

    I did not see it in 3D nor did I have any interest in doing so. It seemed like total overkill to put a movie, already so heavily reliant on CG animation, in 3D.

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