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Finally went to see Dances with Smurfs last night. As everyone says, visually stunning, but the storyline sucked. The antiAmericanism and anticapitalism were blatant and garbage, and the stupidity of just about every character was absurd.

Ok, so it was all about defending property rights, I guess I have to give it that, but it was still crap.

For someone so concerned with the beauty of Gaia, or whatever the Pandoran equivalent was, Cameron really stuffed up the ecology. Critters a cross between a rhinoceros and an elephant living in the rainforest? That lot would turn any environment into grasslands tout de suite. Horses in the jungle? Seriously?

Hunting with a bow and arrow in the rain? String will get wet and lose tension long before it brings down a gazelle. Gazelles in the jungle? Designed for speed but lurking in the undergrowth? How does that work?

Sigh.

I guess I spoilt it for myself by picking holes the whole time – still, visually stunning.

6 Comments

  1. Martin says:

    Just give it a libertarian interpretation and enjoy.

    Foreign aggressors, with the help of the state, invade property rights of others. Property owners resist this blatant theft in order to live as they see fit.

    There, simples.

  2. Rob Fisher says:

    Martin has a point. It’s also an attack on eminent domain.

  3. Paul Marks says:

    Oh well – at least the crap film is earning lots of money for FOX.

    Good to tell leftists that anyway.

  4. Current says:

    It also pinchs lots of good ideas from SF books. Has anyone read any Brian Aldiss? It’s got bits of “The Long Afternoon of the Earth” and the Helliconia trilogy in it. It’s a shame to separate them from the craziness of those books.

    That said, it would be very cool if Carmeron bases the sequel on “Non-Stop”.

  5. John B says:

    When people sell political agendas by emotional tricks, feel goods and euphoria techniques one cannot help but feel deceived.
    Pick, pick, and keep picking. But it can lead to divorce!

  6. JuliaM says:

    “…Cameron really stuffed up the ecology. Critters a cross between a rhinoceros and an elephant living in the rainforest? That lot would turn any environment into grasslands tout de suite. Horses in the jungle? Seriously?”

    For a really good look at the creatures of Pandora, try Tetrapod Zoology’s post.

    And there’s rumours that it’s success may mean bad news for the ‘John Carter of Mars’ film, though I don’t see it myself.

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