Avatar and America

But the more blatant lesson of Avatar is not that American imperialism is bad, but that in fact it’s necessary. Sure there are some bad Americans—the ones with tanks ready to mercilessly kill the Na’vi population, but Jake is set up as the real embodiment of the American spirit. He learns Na’vi fighting tactics better than the Na’vi themselves, he takes the King’s daughter for his own, he becomes the only Na’vi warrior in centuries to tame this wild dragon bird thing. Even in someone else’s society the American is the chosen one. He’s going to come in, lead your army, f**k your princesses, and just generally save the day for you. Got it? This is how we do it.

via In Which We Teach James Cameron A Thing Or Two – Home – This Recording.

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4 thoughts on “Avatar and America”

  1. I re-watched “The Crucible” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115988/) these days, when it was on TV. And it is such an awesome movie imo – the text is brilliant and *all* actors give a show.

    Just mentioned because it remembered me how it is much more a metaphor about America than a Superman or Avatar movie, as one would like to think. “This is how we do it” (points John Proctor hanging) :-D.

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  4. Ia Avatar simply a story? or is there something more important to it? Are the directors trying to enable us?

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