Roger L. Simon

POLIWOOD: Is Avatar "Ava-trocious"?

In this Dec. 29, 2016, photo released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), a long-range S-200 missile is fired in a military drill in the port city of Bushehr, Iran. (Amir Kholousi, ISNA via AP, File)

PoliwoodLionel Chetwynd and I have a look at the stratospheric hit “Avatar” on the new POLIWOOD. Do we think it’s “Ava-trocious” (to use John Podhoretz’s word)? Well, I certainly did and Lionel, well, he didn’t much like it either, although he was more impressed with the visual aspects than I was. For modern visual filmmaking, I’m much more a fan of Pixar and, most of all, the work of the Japanese anime-style director Hayao Miyazaki. I know many will disagree with me, but even on the visual level “Avatar” left me cold. The script, well, Lionel and I could easily laugh at that – “Dances With Wolves” redux. Lionel also has some interesting comments about this film’s naive conception of imperialism (and it’s reverse racism). Have a look and disagree (if you must)