Monday, January 25, 2010

Love and Freedom in Avatar (Glen Allport)

Glen Allport gives a nice review of Avatar, showing how the themes of love and freedom pervade the movie and make it such a wonderful experience (if you haven't seen it yet, please do so!)

[Spoilers ahead]

A month after its opening, “Avatar” has brought in more than $1.8 billion worldwide and is still packing theaters, which suggests that it may become the first film to pull in $2 billion or more.

There are many reasons “Avatar” is so popular – it is visually gorgeous and inventive, it tells a good story, and the film's casting, acting, special effects, and direction are top-notch. The film excels on so many levels that few were surprised when it won Best Picture and Best Director at the Golden Globes this past Sunday.

In this column, I discuss two particular and related elements of the film – elements for which there are no formal award categories, but which I believe are deeply and instinctively appealing and critically important in life.

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