Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Freckles That Glow in the Dark

Freckles that glow in the dark. That's what my daughter wished for after she first viewed the movie Avatar. That was the week of my PET scan.

Just prior to the scan the technician injected a dose of radioactive substance into my arm. Interestingly, the substance came in what appeared to be a lead cartridge. Lead shields from radiation!
According to the literature given me at the time, the radioactivity would dissipate in 6 hours or so. But I figure during that time I had freckles that glowed. I am my own avatar.

Last night Hubby and I went to see the movie. And as is everyone else who views the movie, we were fascinated by the special effects. We were flying along with the Na'vi, swooping through the air on our trusty steeds, loving the people, viewing the 3-D effects with fascination.

But you know! I found 2 or 3 parts of the movie really, really irritating.

Numero Uno! Why was Sigourney Weaver's character so caught up with ciggiebutts! I mean...what part does tobacco play in a futuristic science fiction movie? Couldn't the character emit an aura of female toughness without grabbing for a stupid ciggiebutt? Couldn't she "act" the part without a nicotine prop? What's with all that, anyway? My own private opinion is that some tobacco company contributed $$$ to the movie...but perhaps that's my cynical attitude working overtime.

Dos! The character played by Stephen Lang was just a little too pat. Too unidealistically harsh. It was as if the writer was making much of an "anti-military statement". Too predictable. Too robotic.

Tres! As seems usual lately, it seems Hollywood is making a "statement" rather than a movie. That's not all bad...but from the first moments of the film the statement was terribly predictable. There remained no suspense except that of anticipation of seeing more of the Na'vi and their world.

The "world" of Pandora is portrayed as a fascinating place...wouldn't it have been a much more interesting movie if we had seen a little more indepth into the life of the people with the glow-in-the-dark freckles?

It seemed to me that the makers of this movie would advocate the destruction of humankind itself for it seemed to me they insinuate that humanity is the "source of all evil".

Wait! Maybe that is true! Evil IS in our hearts. Romans 3:23 says it clearly. We are all sinners...all of us are broken and intent upon doing our own thing, sinners who choose self over "the other". But there is a solution...and it is not something we can attain to in and of ourselves. We need the work of God in our hearts.

My recommend on the movie? See it for its technical beauty. Take in that part of the story about man's destruction of man as being true. But do remember to factor in the promise that is not shown in the movie...that for each one of us there is the promise that we need not remain in sin. That through faith God works in us, both to will and to do His good work. That this is His will for our lives... that we love Him and we love one another. And that someday there will be no more sin. No more crying, no more pain, no more death. That's a promise. And God keeps His promises. Revelation 21:4.

I'm betting the new heaven and the new earth of Revelation 21:1 will be far more beautiful than can ever be portrayed in any movie. Even a movie in 3-Dimension.



Debra said...

Amen. Was just reading about the New Jerusalem this morning.

I haven't seen the movie Avatar-probably won't-just because we live way out in the sticks, and going to town is a big deal. I think we'll just read about it!

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The Old Geezer said...

Amen! I'll bet your right!

Elle Bee said...

My husband saw the movie and loved it. He wants to take me...but I just can't seem to get into it! Maybe I will now, after reading your favorable review--to see the cool special effects in action.

Whidbey Woman said...

Always enjoy reading your posts. This one was no exception!

S. Etole said...

oh, wow! thanks for the honest review ...

Debby said...

That would be very interesting to find out about the role big tobacco played in this movie.