I just experienced the best movie ever seen in IMAX 3D at a theatre in Southern California. Avatar gets a big WOW vote! Using the oversized glasses, the movie becomes very real. I was constantly reaching out to touch floating objects or covering my eyes to avoid flying debris from explosions. Through the whole virtual experience, I felt as though I was one with the movie. After the movie, I was exhausted! Feeling as though I had personally experienced every fantastic encounter that Avatar offered.
As a hobby historian, what really amazed me more than anything was the storyline. The screenplay for Avatar is a carbon copy of a period in US history of European invasion on Native cultures for the past 500 years.
Taking place in 2154, a corporation is mining Pandora, a lush earth-like planet, for the valuable mineral called unobtanium. Pandora is inhabited by the Na'vi, a blue-skinned humaniod species. The Na'vi lead tribal lifestyles, use stone tools, live in harmony with nature and worship the goddess Eywa, similar to American Indians connection to Mother Earth. The bad guys are Earthlings who are heads of the mining operation and employed former marines for security, who happen to look a lot like US Military. This story mimics how the rare and expensive mineral gold played throughout American History.
Remember General Custer's cavalry and campaign in the Black Hills of South Dakota?
The best part about Avatar is that the ending is different. The Na'vi natives, riding flying horses, use bows and arrows to send the machine gun operating earthlings back home. A huge victory for the Indigenous tribes of Pandora.
America's First Nations history did not share a happy ending. They were unable to stop a similar greed for resources while fighting for their ancestral lands. Greed is the ruthless enemy that's made wars and battles throughout the past, present and will be in the future.
Avatar is highly entertaining and one of the must see movies of the decade.
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