Avatar – Comparisons …
... with “Aliens”
- Same Director. This also leads to huge amount of blue-hue’d lighting and darkness in the cinematography.
- Sigourney Weaver plays a strong female character who mothers (In Avatar note particularly bringing food to Jake Sully and physical contact, especially neck touching) a human that she meets in an alien land. In both cases the human is changed by loss (Sully has lost his legs and brother, Newt her parents). In both cases Weaver’s character objects to some major mistakes, and her criticism is muted by gung-ho militarist men.
- The Military-Industrial Complex features strongly in the plot.
- Business interests are represented by a selfish and murderous character. The character is played by an actor better known for comedy roles, portrarying mainly stupid character parts. In both cases the character chews gum whilst plotting in order to demonstrate a lack of care for others.
- Visually Spectacular.
- Scored by James Horner.
- A tough latina marine who dies to the major threat in the film.
- In both cases a group of humans visit an alien world, and most of them are killed by the aliens, though through faults of their own (stupidity, selfishness or negligence).
... with “Dances with Wolves”
- The plot is basically the same – the protagonist falls in love with a native tribeswoman after being sent to spy on said tribe, and ends up fighting in order to save the tribe. The love interest leaves an existing relationship. Near the end of the film the protagonist declares himself to be a native, after a process in which the natives accept him.
- Natives move camp after their main home is destroyed by conflict.
- US Military provides a major threat.
- Problems with protagonists leg (Sully is unable to walk, Dunbar is under threat of occupation).
- Protagonist has considered suicide in the past (Sully mentions it in voice over, it motivates Dunbar’s accidental heroism at the beginning of his story.)
- Voice over used for narrative exposition.
- Both overly long.
... with “The War on Terror”
- Destruction of Home Tree offers visual image reminiscent to the Twin Towers
- Military conflict started over resources
- Military attempt ‘Shock and Awe’ tactics
- No UN Mandate (ok I’m pushing it a bit here)