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Sunday, December 20, 2009


I ended my day seeing the movie, Avatar, a Hindu deity, or in this film, the embodiment of hope, but more specifically, a remote controlled and genetically created hybrid. If you go, see the IMAX 3D version.

The computer generated special effects were spectacular, the story line--anti-war, imperialism, the military-industrial complex, love, biodiversity, flying dragons and hammerhead rhinos, ten foot tall blue people, phantasmagoric spirits--a hodgepodge, for James Cameron, also the co-director with Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson, wrote the first script in 1994 as an amalgam of all the science-fiction and jungle books he had read. The setting is a moon on one of the planets of Alpha Centauri A (closest external star to Earth) in 2154, and the plot has to do with us terrible earthlings evicting the Na'vi (natives) to gain access to unobtainium (a fictitious element well-represented in science), a precious metal.

This will no doubt be the #1 movie for, maybe, weeks, as it features the obligatory mega battle loved by video geeks/freaks and youth in general. There is a video game and Mattel toys. Six characters will be distributed in McDonald's Happy Meals.

The whole effort cost from $300 million to $500 million, depending what you count. A quarter billion dollars should be recouped just the first weekend, and, if so, then the film has made money already, for the earlier European showings accumulated more than this sum. There will be two sequels.

Reviewers will generally like this movie, and so should you. I enjoyed the experience, but there was something missing. I can't say it was a great film.

Honolulu was radiant today, and also took a walk and saw a yellow tree (but not the Pearl version):

the State flower of Hawaii

and bougainvilleas on the grounds where I live.

Also a sign that said

I thus wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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