Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Gone Fishin'

Or, at least, the blogging equivalent.

My brother is back for a visit this week (arrived yesterday, leaves Sunday) and his wife will be showing up tomorrow.

So between the movies, the Play Station games, the eating out, the Play Station games, the board games, the drinking, the chatting ... I seem to be a mite bit busy. To say nothing of the working and errands I should be doing.

But fear not. I shall be back. Eventually.

In the meantime, I will share this. We went to see Avatar tonight.

Absolutely amazing visuals. You could pretty much put aside the whole story/plot and it still would have been worth the price of admission. Just to see the visuals. Incredible enough, I think, that someone actually thought of it all, let alone created it.

Now I know there's been some thoughts expressed out there that it's all about pantheism, an attack on Christianity, perhaps? Sorry, I think someone missed the boat there. I mean, I can see where they saw the pantheism but I really don't think that's what the movie was really about.

Interestingly, both my brother and the Kit Kat saw is as being about how we take care of (or don't) the environment; do just we rape, pillage, take what we want from the earth? Or do we see that there's something more there?

And I can see where they get that from. But I don't really think that's what it's all about, either.

It may well be an element of what they were getting at but for me, what I saw ... it was politics. Another anti-war, anti-Iraq movie. Too many references like these to be coincidental, says I. (Not exact quotes but close enough.)

We built them hospitals and school, offered them education and food.

You want to win their hearts and minds, don't you?

This is why we're here, because this little gray rock sells for twenty million a kilo.

It's shock and awe time.

When people have something we want, first we make them the enemy. Then we go in and take what we want.

There were a lot more but you can get the point.

And yet (surprising even to me), I still highly recommend it. The story didn't turn me totally off (most of the time) and it was well worth it for the technology.

Anyway, I must run. Until we meet again.


Kris, in New England said...

I've heard the visuals are amazing. I've also heard from multiple sources that the anti-American military message is real and I find that offensive. Especially in a movie made by an American citizen.

Sorry - I just can't get past that part.

MMC said...

It's disingeneously (if that's the word I want) done though. American soldiers ... yes and no. They're supposedly "former" military, now working for a private company. Who just happen to wear their battle dress fatigues and refer to one another as Major, Marine, etc. So, yeah. I hear ya.

For what it's worth though, no one cheered when they were killed in the theatre I was in. Although ... I think we all were kind of happy about it.