Review: Avatar (2009)

Written and directed by James Cameron, ‘Avatar’ was always going to be a movie of epic proportions. Filmed for 3D movie audiences, the world of Pandora is lush and beautiful and, transferred to the small screen, there is an inevitable loss of grandeur but it still retains the impressive look and feel of Pandora. Many people have likened it to Fern Gully or Pocahontas due to the similarities between the Na’vi and Native Americans as well as an indifferent protagonist being convinced to support the ways of the indigenous people instead of destroying them.

Despite being 10 feet tall and blue, the Na’vi seem to be a cross between Native Americans and Africans – two races who have suffered oppression at the hands of ”the white man”. The fact that the Na’vi are suffering the same oppression so far into the future is a clear message from Cameron that perhaps the human race is unlikely to change much through time.

The character of Jake (played by Sam Worthington) is a little bland but, with all the excitement happening around him, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The supporting cast all play their roles well with fully fleshed out and relatable characters; this provides a solid foundation to the story, allowing the sci-fi plot to be properly realised without limiting its appeal. The colour palette is rich and varied which, although most likely designed because of the 3D spectacle involved, still makes ‘Avatar‘ a lush viewing experience, even if the plot is essentially a Hollywood standard.

‘Avatar‘ is an excellent movie which is full of action, humour and thought-provoking moral messages, asking the question of who the real savages are.

 

MY VERDICT:

Having such a well renowned director so heavily invested enabled ‘Avatar’ to be everything it was intended to be: a brilliantly envisioned movie which is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

We feel that some of the more profound messages that the main story revolves around may be a bit difficult for many young children to understand and they could find it a little boring because of this. However, these messages of morality and ethics could open up good discussions with older children about what they feel is right and wrong about what the humans do on Pandora. Certainly the ‘gung-ho’ nature of some of the soldiers make for some clearly defined character roles that can be discussed.

Due to the constant strong language and some moderate violence during the action scenes, we would not recommend this movie for younger children, instead suggesting that an age range of kids aged 10 and over is more appropriate.

  • Violence:  4/5 (most of the action is relatively child friendly, however there are a few stronger moments including one character being shot in the chest with two large arrows, a soldier being trampled by a large beast and another being crushed between to heavy racks of explosives)
  • Emotional Distress: 2/5 (several major characters are killed; these deaths are generally not too emotionally charged but they are characters that the audience care about)
  • Fear Factor: 1/5 (there are a few moments where it is unclear whether the intense situations could result in a characters’ death however these should not be too frightening for children and these moments do not last very long)
  • Sexual Content: 1/5       
  • Bad Language: 4/5 (a lot of moderate cursing and mild blasphemy, one strong word is used)
  • Dialogue: 2/5  (the dialogue of some of the humans shows a complete lack of empathy with the Na’vi including disinterest when some of the Na’vi are killed)
  • Other notes: Deals with themes of oppression, naturalism, colonialism, the politics of power, learning to see things from the other side, militarism, and respect for culture

SDCC 2017: Funko Pop Exclusives

Funko Pops are getting more and more popular every year, especially when it comes to trying to snag exclusives.  As they did it last year, Funko will most likely do a lottery system to get these, but they did say the Pops will be ‘shared’–but what that means, exactly, won’t be known until the week of SDCC. 

Here is what is currently down for exclusives as of 6/21! 

Wave 1: Star Wars

Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Bodhi Rook

Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Combat Assault Tank Trooper

Pop! Star Wars: 6″ Supreme Leader Snoke (Glow-in-the-Dark)

Pop! Star Wars: Holographic Princess Leia & R2-D2

Wave 2: Scott Pilgrim

Dorbz: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott Pilgrim 3-pack (500pc LE)

Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott with Sword of Destiny (2000pc LE)

Rock Candy: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Ramona Flowers (1250pc LE)

Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim – Roxy Richter (2500pc LE)

Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nega Scott

Wave 3: Marvel

Pop! Marvel: Spider-Man Homecoming – Tony Stark (holding helmet)

Rock Candy: Gwenpool

Pop! Marvel: Gwenpool with Selfie Stick

Pop! Marvel: Red She-Hulk

Pop! Marvel: Captain America (Bucky Cap)

Wave 4: Cartoons:

Pop! Animation: Ren & Stimpy – Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy 2-pack (2500pc LE)

Pop! Television: South Park – The Coon

Pop! Television: South Park – Mint-Berry Crunch

Pop! Telvision: Catdog – Flocked Catdog

Pop! Television: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Baxter Stockman

Wave 5: DC!

Pop! Movies: Wonder Woman – Ares

Dorbz: Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman & Ares 2-pack

Pop! Heroes: Blue Chrome Batman (Toy Tokyo)

Pop! Heroes: Batman The Animated Series – Man Bat

Pop! Movies: Justice League – Bruce Wayne

Pop! Movies: Suicide Squad – Joker Batman

Dorbz: Classic Nightwing & Deathstroke 2-pack (1500 LE)

Pop! Heroes: Wonder Twins 3-pack – Zan, Jayna & Gleek

Pop! Heroes: Interplanetary Batman

Action Figures: Red Batmobile with Green Batman (1500 LE)

Pop! Movies: Justice League – Aquaman with Motherbox

Wave 6: TV!

Pop! Television: Mr. Robot – Masked Elliot Alderson

Pop! Television: Twin Peaks – Black Lodge Cooper & Laura 2-pack

Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Steve

Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Mr. Clarke

Pop! Television: The Walking Dead – T-Dog

Pop! Television: Doctor Who – Clara

Pop! Television: The Tick –The Tick (Glow-in-the-Dark)

Wave 7: Warner Brothers!

Pop! Movies: Fantastic Beasts – 6” Occamy

Pop! Television: The 100 – Lincoln as Reaper (750pc LE)

POP Movies: Lord of the Rings – Aragorn & Arwen 2-pack

Pop Harry Potter: Luna Lovegood with Glasses

Pop! Harry Potter: Harry on Broom

Pop! Ride: Supernatural – Baby with Dean

Rick & Morty!

Tinkles with Ghost in a Jar Pop!

Wave 8: Disney!

Pop! Disney: Chip & Dale 2-pack (Flocked)

Dorbz Ridez: Aladdin – Aladdin & Abu with Magic Carpet

Pop! Disney: Winnie the Pooh – Bouncing Tigger (Flocked)

Pop! Disney: Disneyland Resort – Jolly Roger (Glow-in-the-Dark 1000 LE)

Pop! Disney: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Mr. Toad (1500 LE)

Pop! Disney: Moana – Hei Hei

Pop! Disney: Darkwing Duck – Negatron (Glow-in-the-Dark)

Wave 9: Miscellaneous 

Dorbz Ride: MOTU – Panthor w/ Battle Armor Skeletor

Rock Candy: MOTU – She-Ra

Pop! Power Rangers – 6” Megazord

Pop! Games: Elder Scrolls – 6” Dwarven Colossus

Pop! TV: MOTU – Scareglow (GITD)

 

Pop! Books: Dr. Seuss – Lorax (flocked)

Pop! Funko: Sike-O-Shriner

Pop! Games: Sister Location – Jumpscare Funtime Foxy

Pop! Games: Sister Location – Jumpscare Baby

Wave 10: HBO!

Pop! Game of Thrones: The Mountain (Armored)

Dorbz: Game of Thrones – Tormund & Brienne 2-pack (Toy Tokyo)

Pop! Television: Westworld – Musashi

Pop! Television: Westworld – Robotic Dr. Ford Host

Funko Pop-Up Shop Exclusives!

These are the funko-pops that will be at the pop-up shop, located at 448 West Market Street in the Marina District (directly across from the Grand Hyatt Manchester), open from Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23, 2017, 10:00am-3:00pm

 

Dorbz: Hanna-Barbera Astronauts 4-pack – Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Mr. Jinx (1000pc LE)

 

Dorbz: Jester Bugs Bunny & Knight Yosemite Sam 2-pack (2700pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Pete Puma (1000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Super Hero Daffy Duck (2000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Mr. Hyde & Bugs Bunny 2-pack (850pc LE)

Rock Candy: The Flintstones – Wilma Flintstone

Rock Candy: The Flintstones – Betty Rubble

Rock Candy: The Jetsons – Judy Jetson (2000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Lime – 1000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Magenta – 2500pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Orange – 1000pc LE)

Dorbz: Huckleberry Hound 8-pack (1500pc LE)

 

Dorbz Ridez: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth (1500pc LE)

Dorbz Ridez: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Peter Perfect with Turbo Terrific (1500pc LE)

Pop! Animation: The Jetsons – Yellow, Pink & Orange Rosie the Robot 3-pack (2000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – 6” Big Gruesome (1600pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth (750pc LE)

 

Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Peter Perfect (750pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Lime – 1000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Magenta – 1000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Blue – 2500pc LE)

Huckleberry Hound Pop! Soda 4-pack (400pc LE)

Huckleberry Hound Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)

Marvin the Martian Pop! Soda 4-pack (400pc LE)

Marvin the Martian Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)

 

Scooby Doo Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)

Loungefly Products:

Loungefly Star Wars Limited Edition Denim Patch Backpack – $80
Only 400 were made!

Loungefly Stranger Things Limited Edition Backpack – $45
Only 400 were made!

 

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