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Does ‘Avatar’ Contain Hidden Messages?

Since it opened last week, James Cameron’s much-anticipated film “Avatar” has won praise from movie critics and been a juggernaut at the box office. But some who have seen the film say that it contains hidden messages that are anti-war, pro- environment, and perhaps even racist.

“Hidden” would mean that the messages are, well, hidden. There is nothing hidden about them at all.

I saw that headline and thought there was going to be vague Masonic symbolism or Satanic verses if you listened to the dialogue backwards or something. The pro-environment, anti-war (specifically the invasion of Iraq), and American Indian references are so in-your-face overt and obvious that I think they lose any real meaning. I guess I see the Indian thing a heck of a lot more than the African thing. But people tend to see what they want to see, so I’m sure some gays think the movie bashes gays and some handicapped people think it bashes them. Or women. Or Dodgers fans. Whoever.

The “hidden” anti-war messages wouldn’t have been any more obvious if one of the scientists wore a “No War for Unobtanium” T-shirt and the military leader gave a speech under a big “Mission Accomplished” banner. It also wouldn’t have been any less lame than the so-called “hidden” messages. Come on. They said they were going to use a “shock and awe” bombing campaign.

As stated earlier, I do think the good in the movie outweighs the bad. I saw it once and will see it again. I guess I’m not quite getting all the hysteria over it. It’s a Hollywood movie. Made by people with weirdly skewed perceptions about America, what it is, and what it should be. Duh. I mean, it wasn’t exactly coincidence that so many people saw Communists when they looked at Hollywood in the 50s.

Personally, though I enjoyed Avatar, I do think that the political commentary takes what I had once thought had the potential to be a great film and turns it into a cool cartoon.

UPDATE: Speaking of movies, someone has a list of the Best Movies of the Decade, but apparently it’s been hacked. If that’s the guy’s real list, it’s hilarious.


  1. So what if it’s anti-war? War is a horrible thing, even people who defend a certain war call it a “necessary evil”, so even if necessary, it’s evil nonetheless.

    And in the same way the Navi didn’t like to be invaded, the americans wouldn’t enjoy to be invaded by some foreign forces, even if those forces came to “fix things” for the americans.

  2. Hope ya’ll have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Unfortunately 2009 ended on a real sour note for me and my family, but hopefully 2010 will be better.

    Will I see the much touted movie: Avatar?

    I doubt it.

    If a wanted to see a bunch of blue creatures running around I’d get a DVD of The Smurfs!

  3. Vitor,

    I say, “Bring it on…”

    Leftist craptacular moralizing has so infected the movie, TV and prime-time news that I haven’t seen the need to go to a movie in almost 10 years. Avatar simply proves the point that Leftists are so full of their own anti-American bile that they are too clever by half. Every script, every plot device, every theme is the same: America bad, everyone else good.

    ‘eff that.

  4. Dreck seems to sell if accompanied by bling. All I can say about the best flicks of the decade piece is that the whole blog seems designed to flog esoteric films that – mirabile dictu! – you can conveniently by at Amazon, the sponsor. Sort of an infomercial without Billy Mays…

  5. I Wish Hollywood would make some Ringo, Weber, Michael Z. Williamson, or David Drake stories into movies. Of course, they might not like their unhidden messages.

    They wouldn’t touch Heinlein until he was long gone and they could warp “Starship Troopers” into the opposite of the book in every way (including quality).

  6. what is that movie with the protaganist looking searching for-self and befriends who the person least expects to and has to play both sides and eventually defect, oh wait
    dances with wolves
    how to train your dragon

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