Conservatives Hate the Movie ‘Avatar’

by on January 5, 2010 · 3 comments

in Culture, Environment, Media, War and Peace

Avatar warrior

A Na'vi warrior races into battle on a Thanator, a fearsome panther-like creature native to Pandora. (WETA / Twentieth Century Fox)

By Patrick Goldstein / Los Angeles Times /  January 5, 2010

It’s no secret that “Avatar” has been stunningly successful on nearly every front. The James Cameron-directed sci-fi epic is already the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time, having earned more than $1 billion around the globe in less than three weeks of theatrical release. The film also has garnered effusive praise from critics, who’ve been planting its flag on a variety of critics Top 10 lists. The 3-D trip to Pandora is also viewed as a veritable shoo-in for a best picture Oscar nomination when the academy announces its nominees on Feb. 2.

But amid this avalanche of praise and popularity, guess who hates the movie? America’s prickly cadre of political conservatives.

For years, pundits and bloggers on the right have ceaselessly attacked liberal Hollywood for being out of touch with rank and file moviegoers, complaining that executives and filmmakers continue to make films that have precious little resonance with Middle America. They have reacted with scorn to such high-profile liberal political advocacy films as “Syriana,” “Milk,” “W.,” ” Religulous,” “Lions for Lambs,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “In the Valley of Elah,” “Rendition” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” saying that the movies’ poor performances at the box office were a clear sign of how thoroughly uninterested real people were in the pet causes of showbiz progressives.

Of course, “Avatar” totally turns this theory on its head. As a host of critics have noted, the film offers a blatantly pro-environmental message; it portrays U.S. military contractors in a decidedly negative light; and it clearly evokes the can’t-we-all-get along vibe of the 1960s counterculture. These are all messages guaranteed to alienate everyday moviegoers, so say the right-wing pundits — and yet the film has been wholeheartedly embraced by audiences everywhere, from Mississippi to Manhattan.

To say that the film has evoked a storm of ire on the right would be an understatement.

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OB Rag blogger Doug Porter also did a review of Avatar.

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Shawn Conrad January 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

I heard these blue creatures practice withcraft with Harry Potter himself.


Sunshine January 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

Say what they will…personally, I feel no need to ever see another movie until more can be made just like this. Well worth the $14.50 admission price at the AMC Mission Valley 20. Oh yeah, let’s not forget the $7.50 popcorn ~ be sure to insist on your free refill for that price tag.

This movie is the perfect heartfelt chick flick, an epic action edge-of-your-seat action guy movie, a powerful message about care of Mother Earth that we can simply no longer ignore on any level if we are to survive man’s destructive forces upon our rich planet; all in mind-blowing 3D as never seen before in cinematic history. A delicious theater experience if ever there was one.

I say give J. Cameron all the Oscars and Golden Globes now and call it even.



jettyboy January 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

Per title – Is there anything lately that they don’t hate? Just asking…


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