Jan. 23rd, 2010

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You know, I'm being cranky and curmudgeonous about Avatar these days. A couple of weeks ago, I was still vaguely keen on seeing it, just once the crowds and hype had died down, but now I've had enough spoilers and snippets and reviews and fannish squee over the effects that I'm just no longer interested in seeing it, almost just to piss off the people that have seen it. There are enough niggly bits in it about the simple plot and generic macguffin (c'mon, calling your unobtainium 'unobtainium' is just lazy), even just from the trailers and stills, that piss off my uber sensitive ability to fail to suspend disbelief. Particularly the floating mountains, actually. That's a damn big Chekov's gun, with all sorts of possibilities, but AFAIK, it's just there to look cool. If you're going to depart from reality that far, an effect like that just for scenery, in a nominally future version of this universe, nominally with the same physics, this is to me a serious failure to use Chekov's gun.

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