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Friday, January 01, 2010

Watch it for the 3D

There is a lot of India about 'Avatar'. The word Avatar ofcourse, and some of the cultural traits of the Na'vi - the spiritual chanting, the prayers etc. But more than that. The humans on Pandora are from a private business corporation backed by a state army out to do trade with the Na'vi - to get 'unobtainium' a substance not found on Earth... The earthlings making friends with the Na'vi and mixing with them, teaching them English etc... The 'tropical' forests of Pandora filled with strange vegetation, ferocious wild beasts, and tribes armed with poison-tipped arrows... All this seemed similar to the beginnings of British trade and rule in India.

'Avatar' scores a lot of points for the semi-novelty of the plot - the beginnings of human presence on other planet, the excellent special effects, the cinematography, and ofcourse, the 3D. But it disappoints in depth of the characters, the acting and the believability of the story, and the story-telling itself (Total Recall and the Terminator series immediately comes to the mind).

Oflate a lot of Bollywood seems to have crept into Hollywood - especially, sudden unlikely possibilities opening up by the power of prayer. And also starting with The Matrix, there have been too many oracle predicting too many TheOne-s. Our Science Fiction is certainly taking a few steps backwards. Or is that the direction our science is heading?


Blogger Grace said...

Hi Anant..I don't remember how I stumbled across ur blog,but I am glad I did!!!Ur writing is interesting and insightful.Like,ur thots on the direction science (or sci-fi) is taking is an astute observation (and atheistic...?)..it struck me suddenly n I even quoted u to a friend while discussing Avatar.
Hope to read more of ur work..

Fri Jan 15, 01:22:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger anant said...

Thanks, Grace. Keep visiting.

Fri Jan 15, 08:28:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Angli Mehta said...

You have really great blog, keep posting.

Sat Jan 08, 04:15:00 PM GMT+5:30  

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