Go See Avatar!
We have seen Avatar twice, in 3D both times. Now, we don’t usually go to theatres to see movies. We prefer to see them on DVD in the comfort of our own home. But, having seen the trailers for Avatar and an HBO “behind the scenes” special on the movies writer and director, James Cameron, we thought it might be worthwhile to go see this 2 hour and 40 minute film.
The action takes place in the year 2154 on Pandora, a moon of another planet populated by an amazing race of people called the Na’vi. The Na’vi are a huge people about 15 to 17 feet tall with huge yellow eyes and sparkling blue/green skin. They also have long tails and an amazing visceral relationship with their physical environment which is lush, colorful jungle of alien plant forms and formidable animal life.
We came away having been deeply moved by the whole experience. Not only is this movie a breakthrough achievement technologically, it is also a story filled with powerful metaphors and symbology that reach deep into the human psyche.
We found Avatar to be a profoundly spiritual story with themes of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, deep connection with the creative life force that animates all living things and the continuity of consciousness from one form to another.
It is about choices and the consequences of those choices on both a personal and collective scale. It is about life prevailing. It is about our lives and our times right here on planet Earth.
We were as moved the second time as the first, even more, actually. And when we say moved, we mean through the gamut of human emotion with an overriding sense of heartfelt hope and possibility for emerging from the multitude of crises we face on our own planet.
There are two versions of the movie with some theatres showing the 3D version as well as the regular version. If possible, see the 3D version.