It makes sense that Avatar is the highest-grossing movie ever made: Irony and insincerity have no place in its extended universe. Whether or not James Cameron intended to crib the world of Pandora and its futuristic inhabitants from practically every fantastical ur-text ever conceived, it hardly matters, because Avatar is modern mythmaking at its most foundational. Cameron still seems to believe that “the movies” can give audiences a transformative experience, so every sinew of his film bears the Herculean effort of truly genius worldbuilding, telling the simple story of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his Dances with Wolves-like saving of the natives to the planet of Pandora, from the destructive forces of colonialism.
Cameron wants us to care about this world as much as Jake Sully, and by extension, James Cameron, does, crafting flora and fauna with borderline sociopathic obsessiveness, at the time pushing 3-D technology to its brink to bring his inhuman imagination alive. It worked; “unobtanium” is actually a real thing. Four sequels feel like a disgusting gambit for a man whose ambition may have long ago outpaced his sense of storytelling, or sense of reason, or sense of what our oversaturated, over-franchised culture can even stomach anymore. But Cameron’s proven us wrong countless times before.
Box office Collection: $2.85 billion
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IMDB Ratings: 7.9/10
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Language: Hindi + English
Quality: 720p + 480p